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Planned Giving

Learn more about this special giving opportunity that benefits you and the JCC programs of your choice. 

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Planned Giving to the JCC

Message from Our Executive Director

Over the past few decades the JCC has needed to adapt to a changing environment in terms of the local support that was available from both the United Way and the United Jewish Fund Campaigns. Support from the United Way is a small fraction of that which was received at the turn of the Millenium. Funds available from the United Jewish Fund Campaign have shrunk by nearly a third in actual dollars or roughly half in inflation-adjusted dollars.

As a consequence, we have realized the absolutely necessity of encouraging planned giving from you, our loyal members and friends. Coupled with annual fundraising efforts and grant applications, planned giving will assure that a state-of-the-art facility with matching programs will be a significant part of our financial base of support in coming decades.

Please see our summary below about this opportunity.

To Arrange a Confidential Meeting to Learn More

For more information please call me at (716) 204-2071. I would look forward to scheduling a confidential conference with you or for you with Peter Fleischmann, Executive Director of the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies.


Rick Zakalik
Executive Director of the JCC

What is Planned Giving?

Planned giving, sometimes referred to as gift planning, is a way anyone can support the JCC today, and in the future. By definition, a planned gift is any typically larger gift, made in one's lifetime or at death, as part of a donor’s overall financial and/or estate planning. Some planned gifts provide a life-long income to you, the donor. Others use estate and tax planning techniques to provide for charity and your heirs in ways that maximize the gift and/or minimize its impact on your estate. Whether you use cash, appreciated securities/stock, real estate, artwork, partnership interests, personal property, life insurance, a retirement plan, etc., the benefits of funding a planned gift can make this type of charitable giving very attractive to both you and the JCC.  

How a planned gift is different from an Annual Fund gift

Gifts to our annual fund or for membership dues are made from your discretionary income. They may be budgeted for, but they are not planned by philanthropic definition

Three types of planned gifts

  1. Outright gifts that use appreciated assets as a substitute for cash
  2. Gifts that return income or other financial benefits to you in return for your contribution
  3. Gifts payable upon a donor’s death

Benefits of making a planned gift to the JCC of Greater Buffalo

  • In conjunction with the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies we have provided you with the opportunity to save current taxes, obtain rates of interest unavailable from traditional fixed income investments and to receive recognition as a supporter and sustainer of the JCC and the community. 
  • Programs, facilities or other items can be named in honor of or in memory of anyone you may wish to designate. 
  • Gifts of cash or appreciated securities through the Foundation can help you avoid current taxes and provide you with lifetime benefits and the JCC with income to support programs which you designate. 
  • You can contribute appreciated property, like securities or real estate, receive a charitable deduction for the full market value of the asset, and pay no capital gains tax on the transfer. 
  • You can establish a life-income gift receive a tax deduction for the full, fair market value of the assets contributed, minus the present value of the income interest retained; if you fund your gift with appreciated property, you will  pay no upfront capital gains tax on the transfer.
  • Gifts payable to the JCC of Greater Buffalo upon a donor’s death, like a bequest or a beneficiary designation in a life insurance policy or retirement account, do not generate a lifetime income tax deduction for the donor, but they are exempt from estate tax.

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