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"I did not find the world desolate when I entered it.
And as my parents planted for me before I was born,
so do I plant for those who will come after me."



About the Foundation

The Jewish Community Foundation is the planned giving and endowment development arm of the Ann Arbor Jewish community. The Foundation partners with eight area agencies and congregations including: the Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor, Beth Israel Congregation, Chabad, Hebrew Day School, the Jewish Community Center, Jewish Cultural Society, Jewish Family Services and Temple Beth Emeth. The Jewish Federation staffs the Foundation and provides the resources necessary to run it from the Federation operating budget.

While the Federation Annual Campaign funds are distributed in full each year to provide operating funds for the Federation and its network of beneficiary agencies, the Foundation maintains the endowment funds created by community members on behalf of each of the Foundation partners for the long-term sustenance of Jewish community life in Greater Ann Arbor. The Jewish Community Foundation provides a full range of planned giving options including Donor-Advised Funds, Charitable Gift Annuities, Bequests and a variety of permanent and restricted endowment vehicles to its fund holders. The funds are invested and managed by the Jewish Federation Foundation of Pittsburgh, and monitored by the Ann Arbor Federation's Foundation and Finance committees.

Leaving a Legacy

While the Annual Campaign provides for the daily needs of the Jewish community, Foundation endowments assure its future financial stability and that the programs and agencies that serve the Jewish community will always be there for us. The creation of an endowment in the Jewish Community Foundation can be a way to remember a loved one, preserve a beloved program or agency, assist in your personal estate planning or create a lasting legacy of your own. To explore the possibilities that the Jewish Community Foundation holds for you, simply contact the Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor.
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Donor-Advised Fund

A donor-advised fund is a named fund of the Jewish Community Foundation in which the donor retains the privilege of making non-binding recommendations for charitable grants to be made from the fund. The fund can be established with a minimum gift of $5,000 with the opportunity to make additions to it at any time. Learn more

Annual Campaign Endowments

By perpetuating your gift to the Federation's Annual Campaign, you can ensure the community's operating needs are met in the future. Learn more

Questions regarding existing funds, contact Denise R Bennett at 734-677-0100 or

Questions regarding the creation of new funds, contact David Shtulman at 734-677-0100 or