4 simple steps to establish a JCF Bar or Bat Mitzvah Fund:
- Read the Policies and Procedures booklet and review our fees.
- Fill out the online application.
- Make an initial contribution of at least $1,800.
- Review the investment performance chart and complete a Fund Investment Recommendation form.
Initial contribution: $1,800
Annual Fee: $100
Minimum grant amount: $36 online
Additional contributions: any amount
*$36 grants may be recommended to charities already in our database that do not require additional research.
When Aaron was thinking about his Bar Mitzvah, he was guided by Maimonides’ teachings that the best form of tzedakah is to help people help themselves. Aaron invited his guests to make contributions to his fund at JCF, established by his parents.
How was he planning to use the fund? Aaron identified charities with goals reflecting the top rung of Rambam’s ladder of charity: a New York-based organization that helps formerly homeless people achieve lives of independence and self-sufficiency; three organizations dedicated to helping Ethiopian – Israeli children integrate into Israeli society; and a social services agency for the elderly.
In her invitation, Sarah pledged to donate a portion of the monetary gifts she received to her Bat Mitzvah fund at JCF.
When it came time to recommend distributions from her fund, Sarah selected charities that echoed the spirit of her torah portion, Leviticus 13. She also made a grant to the synagogue in honor of the Rabbi, Cantor, and religious school educator who helped prepare her for her big day on the bima. In subsequent years, Sarah continued to contribute to her fund from her allowance. Matching gifts from her parents helped the fund grow. Now an adult, Sarah recommends grants from her fund on her own. Her most recent grant: to Birthright Israel for the wonderful opportunity it offers young people like herself to connect with Israel.
Searching for the perfect Bar or Bat Mitzvah gift? Give your child, grandchild, relative or friend the gift of tzedakah!
In just minutes, you can establish a charitable fund that empowers your teen with first-hand experience in charitable giving and sets him or her on a life-long path of helping others. JCF’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Teen Giving Funds can be established with an initial gift of $1,800 on behalf of a child under age 18.
Here’s how it works: Friends and family can make tax-deductible contributions to the fund at any time, and JCF tracks all gifts into the fund and even sends thank you notes on behalf of your child. Assets in the fund are invested and grow tax-free, generating more charitable dollars for distribution to the qualified charities of your child’s choice. Your teen can then log online and recommend grants of $36 and above to charity.
To view sample language for invitations, click here.
To learn more about how to establish a Bar/Bat Mitzvah Fund at JCF, please contact Tamar Snyder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to make a contribution to an existing Bar/Bat Mitzvah fund, please click here.