Ways to Give

Creating Your Lasting Jewish Legacy

Create a Jewish Legacy partners have agreed to invest and administer their gifts as a community with The Foundation of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. Doing so allows for maximum oversight and lower overall costs while ensuring your legacy gift lasts for generations.

The Foundation of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and our Create a Jewish Legacy partners are ready to work with you, your family and your professional advisors to meet your estate-planning and philanthropic objectives. No matter how or what you choose to give, you will fulfill a mitzvah and support vital programs that bring help and hope to Jewish people in need in Miami, in Israel and worldwide.

Charitable Gift Planning Options for Donors

Your legacy gift of any size can be customized and structured to fit your dreams, lifestyle, family and financial needs.


About The Foundation

For nearly 50 years, hundreds of individuals and families – and their advisors – have entrusted The Foundation with the responsibility to build and manage a permanent endowment to advance our Jewish community in Miami and to strengthen support for the vital programs and services we value for the people of Israel and Jews worldwide.

We invite you to read below and find out more about the charitable gift planning options available to you.

Some options include:
•  Bequest in a Will
•  Gift of Life Insurance
•  Gift of IRA or Pension Plan
•  Charitable Gift Annuity
•  Charitable Remainder Trust
•  Charitable Lead Trust

Explore the options with this easy-to-use Gift Planning Calculator. Click here.

Bequest in a Will

What It Is: A Charitable Bequest is a gift that is contained within a will or trust. Bequests are one of the easiest ways to leave a legacy.

How It Works: You can elect to provide a bequest to any of our Create a Jewish Legacy (CJL) partners of a specific dollar amount or a specific asset, such as securities or real estate. The charitable bequest can be in the form of a percentage of a donor's estate or a percentage of the remainder of the estate. Bequests can be made through your will or revocable living trust. You may add a codicil to your will and/or make an amendment to an existing revocable trust. Your estate attorney can best advise you in this regard.

Advantages:
•  You continue to enjoy the assets during your lifetime
•  You may change your estate plan at any time
•  Enjoy the satisfaction of knowing during your lifetime that your Jewish legacy will ultimately have a significant impact on the future of Jewish life in Miami
•  You can establish the legacy in your own name, extend recognition to loved ones, or remain anonymous
•  Donor recognition and memorial opportunities are available
•  Bequests are an effective planning tool to reduce the taxable estate
•  The gift will be professionally managed by The Foundation

SAMPLE BEQUEST LANGUAGE:
I give, devise and bequeath the sum of ______________________ ($__________, ___________%, or the remainder of my estate) to the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Inc., Miami, Florida, to create a permanent endowment in my name to support the following organization(s): __________________________________. Suitable recognition shall follow the establishment of the fund.
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Gift of Life Insurance

What It Is: Life Insurance allows you to make a present, rather than future gift, which may be much larger than you think might otherwise be possible. Gifts of insurance are generally affordable, especially for younger donors.

How It Works: You name Greater Miami Jewish Federation or any Create a Jewish Legacy partners as beneficiary of a new life insurance policy. If the gift is irrevocable and Greater Miami Jewish Federation or any Create a Jewish Legacy partner is the owner and beneficiary of the policy, you are entitled to a charitable income tax deduction for all premiums paid. Existing policies may also be contributed, and you are entitled to a charitable income tax deduction for an amount essentially equivalent to the cash value of the policy.

Advantages:
•  Many (especially young people) find that insurance is an ideal way to create an endowment larger than they could otherwise afford
•  Premiums paid are tax-deductible
•  You can honor or remember a loved one, or create your Jewish legacy in your own name
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Gift of IRA or Pension Plan

What It Is: You may wish to designate the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and/or Create a Jewish Legacy partner(s) as the beneficiary of all or part of your qualified retirement plan (IRAs, 401Ks, Keogh Plans and others). When children or other heirs are designated as beneficiaries, they may receive only a small fraction of the plan's value since inherited retirement plan assets are subject to both estate and income tax.

How It Works: You formally change the designated beneficiary for all or a portion of your qualified retirement plan to the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and/or Create a Jewish Legacy partner(s). Upon death, the remaining balance or designated sum transfers directly to the organization(s) of your choice free of estate or income tax.

Advantages:
•  You create a meaningful legacy at minimum cost
•  You enjoy significant estate and income tax savings
•  Allows you to transfer other assets to your heirs
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Charitable Gift Annuity

What It Is: A Charitable Gift Annuity is a contractual agreement between you and the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. An irrevocable gift of cash or marketable securities is made to Greater Miami Jewish Federation. In return, the donor or one to two other annuitants receive a guaranteed income each year for life.

How It Works: An annuity payment is calculated based on the age(s) of the annuitants on the date of the gift and other factors. This income is paid for life, and then the remaining funds become a permanent legacy in your name.

Advantages:
•  Guaranteed income for life, for you and/or your spouse or another
•  You receive a significant charitable income tax deduction in the year of the gift and favorable tax treatment for the income as it is paid
•  You save capital gains taxes by funding Charitable Gift Annuities with gifts of appreciated property
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Charitable Remainder Trust

What It Is: A Charitable Remainder Trust also allows you to establish your lasting Jewish legacy while providing income for yourself, your spouse or another beneficiary.

How It Works: Income is provided to you or another you specify for life or for a specified number of years. When the trust ends, the remaining assets are distributed to the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and/or Create a Jewish Legacy partner(s) to fund a permanent endowment in your name.

Advantages:
•  You receive a current income tax deduction for a portion of the gift
•  You and/or a loved one receive a consistent and predictable income, either for life or a specified number of years
•  There are opportunities for diversification of investments and improved rates of return
•  You save capital gains taxes by funding the Charitable Remainder Trust with appreciated assets
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Charitable Lead Trust

What It Is: A trust that allows you to contribute significantly to Greater Miami Jewish Federation and/or Create a Jewish Legacy partner(s) now, while planning for the future of your family or a loved one.

How It Works: The trust is established and a portion of the trust's investment yield is contributed to the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and/or Create a Jewish Legacy partner(s). Then, after a specified time or a lifetime, the remainder of the trust is transferred back to the donor or to beneficiaries of the donor's choosing.

Advantages:
•  Reduced capital gains, income or estate tax in variable combinations
•  The donor can provide current support to organizations they care about while also making sure loved ones are provided for after his or her lifetime
•  The donor can qualify for gift or estate tax savings based on the current value of the income paid to Greater Miami Jewish Federation and/ or Create a Jewish Legacy partner(s) during the trust term
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Gift Planning Calculator

See how leaving your legacy could benefit you.
Which type of planned gift is appropriate for your needs and interests?
Explore the options with this easy-to-use Gift Planning Calculator. Click here.


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We have gift planning professionals ready to assist you in a confidential, no obligation conversation about creating your legacy.

For questions and for more information, please contact the CJL office at 786.866.8490 or CreateaJewishLegacy@JewishMiami.org.



Create a Jewish Legacy
(CJL) is a program sponsored and presented by The Foundation of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and is a collaborative effort of our area agencies, synagogues and day schools.

Create a Jewish Legacy is partnering with the institutions listed below. In addition, we are happy to accept gifts on behalf of your most cherished Jewish organizations.



Neither The Foundation of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation nor its Create a Jewish Legacy partner agencies are engaged in rendering legal or tax advisory services. Individuals considering gifts to the Greater Miami Jewish Federation or its Create a Jewish Legacy partner agencies should obtain the services of a financial advisor, such as an attorney, certified public accountant and/or chartered life underwriter.