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Ways of Giving


There are many ways to support the Jewish Federation of Western CT, while making good use of various income tax charitable deductions. New IRS regulations can also make a difference in how you may report for income tax purposes. Consult with your tax or planning professional in your particular situation.

Annual Campaign

Your secure online donation will deliver help to thousands of people in our community, in Israel and around the world.

The Foundation

Make it a family tradition for future generations to ensure that Jewish history and values are not forgotten.

Tribute & Memorial Gifts

Tribute cards are special way to mark an occasion or honor/memorialize friends or relatives.

Gifts of Cash

Cash gifts can be used to set up a Donor Advised or Designated Fund, or any planned giving program. IRS rules for cash, checks or any monetary gift require that the donor provide a bank record or a written communication from the Foundation.

Gifts of Securities

Donations of securities (stocks and bonds) that have been held in your name for at least a year and a day are considered long-term appreciated securities, and the IRS allows you to take a charitable deduction for the fair market value of the stock.

Gifts of Real Estate

Real estate of any kind, such as a piece of land, house, or commercial property, can be given to the Foundation, usually requiring an assessment and an environmental review. Our policy is to sell such property immediately, except in the case of a life estate.

Gifts of Bequest

Listing the Foundation in your will is considered a charitable bequest. You can include the Foundation for a percentage of the estate, a specific amount, or by specific assets of stock or real estate.

Donor Privacy Policy

Our donor's privacy is of the utmost importance to us. Please read our donor privacy policy for more information.

YOUR GIFT helps to make a positive impact in the lives of others.

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Where does the Money Go?



Every student deserves the opportunity to pursue higher education. This year we gave out 13 scholarships totaling over $33,000 to make sure students in our community are able to.



Melissa is shown here, with her fellow camper and Israeli counselor at Crane Lake Camp, made possible by a grant from the Foundation.  It is run with sleep-away camp style fun and busy days full of activities and Jewish learning, all nestled in the Berkshire mountains of Massachusetts.

Jewish Family Services


Food insecurity continues to be a big challenge in our community. Last year we fielded over 100 inquiries for food assistance. We distributed $20,000 worth of grocery gift cards and/or grants for holiday food to our community.

Study Abroad in Israel


Take a class on top of Mt. Masada after a sunrise hike (pictured above), tour Jerusalem and fully immerse yourself in Israeli culture and Jewish heritage through study abroad in Israel made possible by scholarships from the Foundation. Help a young adult foster their Jewish identity by sending them to Israel.