Planned Giving and Endowment


Our vision is to build a strong financial base for the Indianapolis Jewish community of today and tomorrow. For over a century individuals and families have shared in this dream to have permanent financial resources to meet the current and future needs of the Jewish community.



In the early days of the Federation, bequests were the primary types of gifts to create permanent endowment funds. Today, giving is more strategic and participatory; reflecting donors values and dreams. A planned gift to create a Jewish legacy sustains Jewish traditions and community.


In 2013, in excess of $3.8 million was distributed through our Endowment program. It is through partnering with the Federation’s Endowment program that both individual and communal Jewish legacies have been created.


Our Planned Giving and Endowment staff is here to help you plan your lasting Jewish legacy. Contact Katy Cantor, Chief Philanthropy Officer, Planned Giving and Endowment, at 317-715-9266 or


Helpful Links:

● Types of Planned Giving and Endowment

Donor Advised Fund Recommendations: Please contact Pamela Eicher at 317-715-6981 or with any questions.

Family Philanthropy

● Giving Tips


You should, of course, consult your own legal, tax, or financial planner as to the applicability of any item to your own situation.

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    Ernie was born in Germany and immigrated to the United States with his mother in 1939. After the war he wed his wife Ellen, had a successful career in children’s clothing sales, and raised their two children, Kenny and Ellen, in Indianapolis.


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