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Jewish Communal Fund

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Federated Giving Programs, Financial Institutions, Philanthropy

Mission: The Jewish Communal Fund facilitates and promotes charitable giving through donor-advised funds. Our donors recommend grants to sectarian and nonsectarian organizations, including those that respond to needs in health, education, social services, the environment, religion and the arts.

We enable individuals and families to achieve their philanthropic goals simply and efficiently, with flexibility, full confidentiality and maximum choice.

In the Jewish tradition of tikkun olam - repairing the world - it is our hope that together we can make a profound difference.

Geographic areas served: Greater Metropolitan NY

Programs: Our primary responsibility is to serve the more than 2,500 fundholders who have entrusted us with their charitable dollars. We take this responsibility very seriously and are committed to treating our fundholders with the utmost integrity and respect.

We honor our commitment to fundholders by providing services that make their charitable giving administratively efficient, economically advantageous, and personally rewarding. These include: - simplifying the grantmaking process so that contributions flow quickly and easily into the charitable stream

- offering a choice of investment vehicles designed to help charitable dollars grow

- keeping fundholders informed about changing tax laws that may impact their charitable giving

- suggesting ways for fundholders to incorporate philanthropy into their estate and gift planning

- educating fundholders about grantmaking strategies and communal philanthropic resources

- safeguarding confidentiality

- facilitating intergenerational philanthropy.

Community Stories

47 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Jewish Communal Fund makes charitable giving a no brainer, as a conduit to giving they do all the hard work while I simply do everything within minutes with a click of a mouse. In their role I believe that my overall donations and activity has increased and grown due to the ease and minimal efforts required.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

WE SET UP OUR FUND AS A SCHOLARSHIP FUND IN MEMORY OF LOVED ONE IT FILLS OUR HEART WITH JOY AND PLEASURE EACH AND EVERY TIME WE MAKE A DONATION USING THE GOOD OFFICES OF THE JCF THE SERVICE, CONNIVANCE, THE EASE, ARE PRICELESS Setting up the fund is one of the top ten best decisions of my life. If you need referrals from anyone "thinking about joining the JCF family" and in need of encouragement and support - send him my way.

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Donor

Rating: 1

Funneling $ to CAP and MM, as brought to my attention today by the NYT shows a miserable lack of diligence on the part of JCF. Any one, or any organization that associates Israel with the terms "apartheid" or "Israel-firsters" is helping those who mean to harm us and have forgotten how to do good for Jews and defend Jews from hatred, including hatred from within the Jewish community.

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Donor

Rating: 5

JCF has been wonderful They check out each charity and notify me if there are any problems. I have been giving to JCF for many years. Each year gets an A++ Joseph Adler

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are an organization of Holocaust survivors, their children and grandchildren, and the Jewish Communal Fund has for many years been helping us manage our members' charitable contributions and facilitating our mission of Tikkun Olam. Because we are a small organization, we are especially grateful for the wonderful support, advice and professionalism extended to us by the JCF. They have been an invaluable resource in making our charitable giving easier both in the U.S. and in Israel.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Have been a donor for many years - it's a pleasure working with JCF. They are always helpful and knowledgable. Their online system is sophisticated and easy to use - as I said, always a pleasure.....

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Jewish Communal Fund is a wonderful organization and an invaluable resource to the Jewish community. I have had the pleasure to partner with them and to work directly with Ellen Israelson, the Director of Fund Development and Communications on getting students and teens involved in philanthropy. I am impressed by their dedication, resources, professionalism and look forward to working with them in the future.

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a very busy mother, doctor, and procrastinator when it comes to my annual charitable grants, I can always count on the Jewish Communal Fund. I am able to make the grants on line or by fax and the grants are distributed every time in a professional and timely manner. The staff has always been accessible and very knowledgeable when answering my questions.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have found the Jewish Communal Fund to be an extremely well run organization. Their donor services are excellent and we really appreciate our ability to request grants on-line. Grants are made promptly and the requested acknowledgements are quickly sent. We feel we made a wise decision in transferring our giving supervision to the JCF.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization, easy to use, very helpful whenever asked to help. They make giving easy. Accurate record keeping. A classy oraganization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

It has been a fabulous experience working with the Jewish Communal Fund. I have been involved with JCF for many years and over this time I have seen my charitable contributions easily managed effectively to help many in need. Their attention to detail is second to none and I am confident that all charitable money contributed is as well as possible.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great donor advised fund. Very efficien t and user friendly. It makes it easy to support our favorite (mostly Jewish Charities. It is cost effective.

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Donor

Rating: 4

This charitable fund has enabled me as a person of modest means to set aside a sum for my philanthropic wishes. This has been done in a professional and efficient manner. It serves a need that more people should take advantage of.

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Donor

Rating: 5

JCF is a terrific donor advised fund that helps the Jewish community in New York and throughout the world. Everything is extremely streamlined and the website is a terrific tool for easy grantmaking.

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Donor

Rating: 5

WE FORMED OUR FOUNDATION WITH THE JEWISH COMMUNAL FUND A FEW YEARS AGO. WE HAVE RECEIVED EXCELLENT SERVICE EACH TIME WE REQUESTED A GRANT FOR A CHARITY. THE STAFF IS EFFICIENT AND EXTREMELY HELPFUL.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor with JCF for over 10 years and think they are about the most efficient group in their space that I've ever seen. They process requests practically immediately and their record keeping / ease of use online is amazing. More important than the above, however, is the fact that I have had Childrens' Gift Funds for my kids for several years--this is the single most important thing my wife and I have done to get them (ages 10 and 12) to understand tzedakah. A great charity whose profit gives back to the community we live in.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

excellent communication. timely donation statements. easy on-line donations. highly recommended. Have had a very good experience with JCF over 5 + years.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We set up a memorial fund when our son died and now find the ease of donating in his memory a great asset. It is a simple process to get funds to where we want them. BCM

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Donor

Rating: 5

the jcf fund has been a great experience very efficient very supportive very prompt the perfect organization to assist you in handling your money

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Donor

Rating: 5

The JCF staff has always been helpful and the JCF website is informative and easy to use. The staff was particularly helpful when I recommended a contribution to a charity that was hard to reach because it was staffed by volunteers. They did a good deal of work to find a contact person and verify the charitable tax status so the contribution could be made.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Over more than a decade as a donor to the JCF, I have found them to consistently effective, efficient, and responsive. JCF is an excellent example of Jewish philanthropy at its best.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

JCF is an efficient, professional organization that makes charitable giving even more of a pleasure. I have worked with them for more than 15 years and have always found them to be helpful in every way.

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Donor

Rating: 5

JCF provides an extraordinary service to the Jewish community and the non-profit world generally in facilitating the ability to make charitable contributions when funds become available while deferring dispersal of the funds to the times and places where they are needed. What a simple & elegant idea! Our experience has been near seamless - prompt & accurate - and the staff is courteous and professional. My wife and I wish we had begun our relationship with JCF years earlier

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Jewish Communal Fund not only far exceeds expectations but they are friendly, easy to deal with, helpful. And a portion of their internal resources are used to make additional charitable gifts back to the community. I reccomend them to all my friends and family.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I wish I had known about JCF years ago. They save me so much time with the process of making annual contributions. Staff is extremely careful and knowledgeable. They followed through for months with one very new fund which did not have all their paperwork filed; then we were able to complete our donation. My husband and I could not have done this on our own.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Working with the JCF has streamlined our philanthropy considerably. I am especially impressed with the ease of recommending grants online, and the prompt professionalism of their staff.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Probably the smartest move I have made in my 85 years was the JCF. They are helpful, efficient, professional -mwhat more could I want?

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Donor

Rating: 5

A most wonderful organization Makes giving charity simple and straightforward They are MORE than cooperative in any speial projects. I wish more of the prople I deal with are as "user friendly' as JCF is.

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Donor

Rating: 5

JCF is wonderful. Easy to deal with, very responsive.....excellent recordkeeping and access to our fund. I recommend JCF as a great way to position onesself for ongoing philanthropy, in lean and not so lean years. The online access has simplified everything beyond belief.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had nothing but the very best experience with JCF. They are extremely user-friendly and making charity giving easy and trouble-free. I would (and do) recommend them without qualification!!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Jewish Communal Fund is one of the most efficient and effective boards that I have ever had the privilege to serve on. As a donor, JCF is an incredibly easy way to manage our charitable giving.

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Donor

Rating: 5

it's been all good. every time I need an answer to a question I get it. also, the web site is very straight forward, easy and intuitive.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Website is easy to use, representatives are helpful and attentive. I Highly recommend this method of charitable giving for record keeping and convenience.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A fantastic donor-advised fund makes giving easy. Grants are prompt, fees low, and the staff efficient and pleasant to work with. What more could anybody ask?

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have used JCF for about 5 years and it makes any and all giving a pleasure. Year end donations are handled in two steps. setting up new funds has been a smooth process. Excellent organization and all for a good cause.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The staff at the Jewish Communal Fund are a pleasure to work with. The Fund makes investment of your donations easy, flexible and intelligent. I was thought I had a problem with a directed donation, and the responsiveness of the staff was incredible. There should be more organizations like this!!