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An endowment is a permanent fund of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis that provides an annual income for programs, projects, agencies, organizations or initiatives of particular interest to you and your family. You specify the beneficiary of your endowment.

An endowment fund can be created with an irrevocable gift of $25,000 or more. You may choose to specify in the guidelines of your endowment that the principal of the fund you create remains intact, producing an income to be perpetually distributed according to your wishes, or you may allow the principal to be used, over time.

You may establish an endowment fund during your lifetime or after your death through your estate plan. Your endowment fund will be securely invested by the Jewish Federation of St. Louis and prudently managed for the maximum yield. An endowment may be established through a gift of cash, securities, or other assets including real property, tangible property, life insurance, charitable remainder trusts, charitable remainder annuities, retirement accounts or philanthropic fund recommendations.

You may choose different types of endowments base your particular interests or passions:

  • The Jewish Federation of St. Louis Annual Campaign (or Unrestricted Endowment), and guarantee that the community you have supported so generously during your lifetime continues to thrive for generations to come.
  • An Endowment funding a program or specific area of interest, and create a permanent resource earmarked for a purpose that you feel is most important — social justice, Jewish education, eldercare, or another cause that is meaningful to you.
  • An Endowment benefiting a partner agency of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, and ensure the sustenance and vitality of an institution that holds special meaning for you, your family or a loved one.
  • A Lion of Judah Endowment (LOJE) benefiting the Annual Campaign, is a fund that permanently endows a woman’s annual gift of $5,000 or more to the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. Lion of Judah Endowments require an irrevocable gift of $100,000 to establish the Endowment.

If you have any questions or to request information contact:

Lori Wishne
Director of Planned Giving & Endowments
(314) 442-3830