Planned Giving: Leave a Legacy

Walking over a swing bridge

Gifts through your estate can provide important financial benefits to you and are an enduring legacy of your concern for our community.

Planned Giving Opportunities

• Bequest through your will or trust
• Charitable Gift Annuity
• Charitable Remainder Trust
• Charitable Lead Trust
• Life Insurance Policy
• Retained Life Estate

These gift vehicles are used to build long-term stability at JFCS so that generations to come can continue to benefit from your kindness and generosity.

You can leave a legacy through your will or trust by designating a percentage or specific dollar amount, specific property, or anything left over after providing for your family.

In addition you may direct your gift to support a particular program of interest to you or designate support for our endowment fund.

Please contact us for more information about ways to make gifts through your estate or other charitable giving options.

The Bridge Builders Society

“The flame burns brighter because we care!”

This new society recognizes and honors people who have included or will include JFCS of Southern Arizona as a beneficiary in their estate plans.

They are ensuring the availability of the vital services provided by JFCS of Southern Arizona to help families in crisis, children with challenges, people with disabilities, frail and elderly adults, and neighbors without basic necessities.Those who provide support through a commitment from their estate or other forms of planned gifts are building bridges for those who follow, in the same spirit reflected in the poem below.

Bridge Builders demonstrate the foresight to look after those who follow. Having crossed the chasm of life and, through their bequests or other considerations, they help those who may face pitfalls or other troubles in their lives and can benefit to the services of JFCS.

Any individual or couple already providing for such support from their estates, as well as those who self-identify through the end of 2016 that JFCS of Southern Arizona will be a beneficiary, will be included on the Charter Member roster of The Bridge Builders Society. As 2016 marks the 75th Anniversary of JFCS of Southern Arizona, it seems an appropriate milestone from which to embark.

Those from whom we have already benefited in the past will be members as well. Hereafter, those who self-identify as having made such provisions in their estate plans will be added to the roster of membership to recognize them in their lifetime for what they provide for the future of JFCS of Southern Arizona.

The Bridge Builder

An old man, going a lone highway,
Came, at the evening, cold and gray,
To a chasm, vast, and deep, and wide,
Through which was flowing a sullen tide.

The old man crossed in the twilight dim;
The sullen stream had no fears for him;
But he turned, when safe on the other side,
And built a bridge to span the tide.
“Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim, near,
“You are wasting strength with building here;
Your journey will end with the ending day;
You never again must pass this way;
You have crossed the chasm, deep and wide,
Why build you the bridge at the eventide?”

The builder lifted his old gray head:
“Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said,
“There followeth after me today
A youth, whose feet must pass this way.”

“This chasm, that has been naught to me,
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be.
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;
Good friend, I am building the bridge for him.”

– Ms. Will Allen Dromgoole
1860-1934