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Planned Giving

“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”
- Nelson Henderson

Did you know there are creative ways to support The J, ways in which you and your loved ones benefit at the same time?

Such giving techniques are called "planned gifts," because with thoughtful planning, you create win-win solutions for you and The J. These future gifts help enhance The J's mission and vision.

Legacy Gift:

You can make a gift that costs nothing during your lifetime. Make a gift from your will or trust.

How it works:

  • Include a bequest to The J in your will or trust.
  • Make your bequest unrestricted or direct it to a specific purpose here.
  • Indicate a specific amount, or a percentage of the balance remaining in your estate or trust.


  • Your assets remain in your control during your lifetime.
  • You can modify your bequest to address changing circumstances.
  • You can direct your bequest to a particular purpose (be sure to check with us to make sure your gift can be used as intended).
  • Under current tax law there is no upper limit on the estate tax deduction for your charitable bequests.


For more information on these types of giving, please contact Cindy Bodker, Director of Development, by e-mail or at (913) 981.8807.


"The J is the center of our Jewish community, where people of all ages, denominations and backgrounds gather together to enjoy life. It is also the place in which our family’s lives have centered! Our family has grown up at The J; In fact, we joined before the building was even complete! We’ve spent countless hours exercising, swimming, attending pre-school and after-school programs, laughing as campers and counselors, applauding at concerts, plays and lectures, learning about Judaism, and watching our parents and grandparents take joy in programming for seniors. All of these wonderful experiences have also created lifelong friendships for my family and me. Our goal in leaving a planned Legacy gift to The J is to ensure future families will be able to love The J as their home away from home – just as we do today." -The Azorsky Family


"We proudly participate at The Jewish Community Center, an organization at the crossroads of our diverse Jewish community and the greater Kansas City community. The J provides a great tent in which all are welcome, all have a place, and all have an opportunity to make themselves and the world better.

Our commitment of time and resources aims to help The J best achieve its mission: enhancing wellness, meaning and joy within an environment built upon Jewish values, heritage and culture.

The J’s very existence stands in testament to the famous challenge from Rabbi Hillel, 'When I am for myself alone, what am I?'

We are not alone, and must work together in order to live together. To thrive, we must support the institutions that strengthen our community.

As we look back on our lives, we want to be able to say, 'This is who we are and what we have done to help build our community.'" -Ace Allen & Donna Oberstein

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