Caring for Community, Yesterday and Today
A group of visionary philanthropists established the Jewish Community Foundation in 1949 because they understood that the well-being of our community depended upon planning for and investing in our future.
Today, JCF is one of the largest community foundations in New Jersey and among the top ten Jewish community foundations in North America. We have approximately $450 million in assets under management, and more than $100 million in future commitments. We currently hold more than 800 funds for individual, family, and foundation donors.
Regardless of changing times or economic conditions, the communal resources of Greater MetroWest will be here for future generations.
Meeting Today’s Needs, Planning for the Future
The Jewish Community Foundation is the legacy and endowment arm of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ. Legacy gifts create a solid foundation for the future by building our endowment, ensuring that the work of Federation and its partners will continue. Today, thanks to legacies left to the UJA Annual Campaign by previous generations of donors, the Campaign gets off to a strong start each year. We invest JCF’s assets to provide support for the community’s current needs and to preserve charitable resources for use by future generations.
The Jewish Community Foundation’s programs and activities are inspired by the Jewish values of tzedakah (practicing charity and justice), tikkun olam (repairing the world), and gemilut chasadim (performing acts of kindness and compassion).
Working with the Jewish Community Foundation makes it easy to give effectively—and strategically. We’ll take care of the administrative details, research, partnership-building, site visits, and impact assessment. Our extensive knowledge of the local, national, and international Jewish community is at your fingertips, and the latest technology equips you with secure, innovative tools that simplify the donation process. Our experienced, responsive staff is ready to support you and your charitable giving interests. We’re always available to answer your questions and address your concerns.
Involve Your Family in Your Philanthropy
We know that donors not only want to make a difference today—they aspire to make enduring change. We can help you craft a clear vision and mission based on your values, make well-informed decisions, and assess the effectiveness of your giving. We specialize in facilitating rich and meaningful conversations that engage children and grandchildren in values-driven philanthropy.
Whether you're starting on a modest scale or you oversee more substantial personal or institutional assets, the Jewish Community Foundation can help you:
- Define your philanthropic goals
- Assess your full range of giving options
- Optimize your savings on capital gains, estate, and income taxes
- Customize your giving and maximize results
- Build a charitable family legacy
- Stay informed about charitable giving opportunities
- Manage the day-to-day administration of your charitable giving
The Jewish Community Foundation makes grants to a wide variety of charitable organizations and causes, as recommended and designated by our donors. We fund academic scholarships and provide other forms of financial aid to individuals and families in need. We respond to emergencies that affect the Jewish community here in New Jersey, nationally, and around the world. JCF grants also support new initiatives, innovative programs, and special community projects.
The Jewish Community Foundation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ and serves as its planned giving and endowment arm.