“OPEN HEARTS OPEN DOORS”
ENDOWMENTS & PLANNED GIVING FOR JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE
For more than 60 years, Jewish Family Service (JFS) has served the greater Dallas community, opening our doors to make the most impactful mental-health and social services available to anyone in need. Annually, people have opened their hearts to make contributions to JFS to support our many services. This has greatly helped offset changes in funding from organizations, the government or foundations and helped sustain and grow our services to meet community needs.
To address these funding changes, it becomes increasingly important for JFS to secure endowment funds. These funds create further insurance, so that should personal, annual giving fall short and/or institutional funding be reduced, a reliable source of support will be available to maintain JFS services. “The importance of an endowment gift is to ensure the long-term viability of the agency,” says William N. Roth, JFS Foundation chair and JFS past-president. “That is why The Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas Foundation has been established. The benefit to donors is that they can make a lasting difference in one of two ways, an endowment gift through assets they have available today or a planned gift with a commitment of assets to fund a bequest in the future. Each provides the agency greater stability.”
“Particularly in a time of highly variable funding dollars, endowed gifts will provide stability, so that our community can continue to count on us for high quality, confidential, accredited mental-health and social services that are available for as long as needed and on a sliding fee scale. No one knows what the future may bring, but when unexpected crises or normal but difficult life transitions occur, an endowed gift helps ensure life-changing JFS services will be available for us all,” says Michael Fleisher, Executive Director of JFS. “All planned gifts are important, no matter what the amount. Together, they add up to significant sustaining dollars.”
There are many types of gifts that can help sustain JFS for the future, such as life-insurance policies, stocks, bonds, real estate and mineral rights. Staff works closely with each donor to customize a gift that reflects the donor’s concern for the varied challenges people face when they turn to JFS and the donor’s passion for helping people address, manage and overcome these challenges. At JFS, we want all donors to feel a personal connection and family pride in the way they are strengthening their community for generations.
Opening one’s heart, through a gift today or one that will be realized tomorrow, keeps our doors open and our services available, enabling JFS to continue to provide help and hope for the future of our community.