The Jewish Federation of Ottawa is committed to helping each and every Jew live their best Jewish life.

 

Federation funds, leads, unites, cares and nurtures the Jewish community. We connect lives and enhance Jewish experiences for all, while respecting diversity and uniqueness. We meet you. We welcome you. 

 

The Federation is dedicated to advancing and promoting an exceptional quality of Jewish life in Ottawa that is inclusive and accessible. We are guided by the core values of Torah, chesed (loving kindness), k’lal Yisrael (Jewish peoplehood), tzedakah and tikkun olam (repairing the world), as well as an enduring affinity and support for the Jewish State of Israel. 

 

Our work provides communal oversight that crosses all boundaries and unites a strong and vibrant community, guaranteeing that everyone’s needs, big and small, are planned for and met. We will leave no one behind. In so doing, one of Federation’s greatest assets is our adaptability and the holistic nature of the funding we provide to community organizations. 

 

In an unpredictable future, Federation’s financial support to community organizations has proven invaluable for decades and legacy donors can be an enduring part of this legacy.


Our Legacy donors are individuals like you who care about the Jewish community and want to guarantee that Jewish Ottawa thrives so we can promise our children, grandchildren and generations to come that they too will enjoy meaningful Jewish lives.


You can demonstrate your love, devotion and connection to our community and our future by making a Legacy gift today.


For more information, please contact Micah Garten at mgarten@jewishottawa.com or call 613-798-4696, ext. 270



FAQ


WHAT IS A LEGACY GIFT?

A legacy gift is an after-lifetime gift, included as part of a will or estate plan, or by beneficiary designation of a retirement plan or life insurance policy. This gift goes into a permanent endowment fund for the benefit of your designated organization(s). 

 

WHAT IS AN ENDOWMENT?
Endowments are Permanently Restricted Funds which are invested in a large diversified pool, held for the benefit of your organization. 

Your legacy gift can be housed at the Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation. Endowments are designed for the principal to grow. When the annual interest is more than the annual distribution, the difference is added to the principal, allowing for a larger distribution in subsequent years. You can contact Micah Garten to discuss setting up endowment options.  Therefore, your legacy gift will benefit your designated organization(s) every year in perpetuity. 

 

WHAT ABOUT MY CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN? I NEED TO TAKE CARE OF THEM WITH MY ESTATE. 
Each of us has responsibilities and want to take care of our families after we are gone. Making the commitment of a legacy gift does not take away from our ability to take care of our families. Many legacy donors leave a small portion, even 1%, 5%, or 10% of their estate or retirement plan, to their designated organization(s). 

Leaving a legacy gift also empowers us to teach our children about future planning. Jewish tradition teaches that one of our key duties is to make the world a better place for future generations. Legacy gifts allow us to do just that.

 

I AM NOT WEALTHY, SO HOW CAN I BE A LEGACY DONOR? 
 Legacy gifts are powerful because nearly everyone has the power to be a legacy donor. We may not have significant wealth during our lifetime, but after we are gone, we will leave behind assets such as a retirement plan, a house, a life insurance policy or a car. Designating a portion of these assets to the organizations that mattered most during your lifetime will help celebrate your legacy long after you are gone. 
 



For more information, contact Micah Garten at mgarten@jewishottawa.com or call 613-798-4696, ext 270.

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