Gifts of a Different Kind

Have you ever purchased and wrapped the “perfect” gift for your spouse or close friend and watched with excitement as the person tore away the paper? You knew the gift would be a hit, and you could hardly stand it as the anticipation grew.

Then the magic moment came as the box was opened. You delighted in the expression of surprise and joy. You beamed as words of gratitude filled the air. Even though you were not the receiver, you had great fun giving the gift because you knew it was just what the person needed or wanted.

A well-planned charitable gift can bring happiness as well. When you take the time to discover what the needs are and how you can structure your gift to do the most good, you find yourself anticipating the actual gift. You know it will be a hit.

The size of the gift is not necessarily the most enjoyable part. A gift that matches a specific need and accomplishes something worthwhile can be enormously rewarding. For example, an endowment contribution that provides ongoing support for generations to come can elicit a mile-wide smile from everyone concerned.

Especially now during this holiday season, think about the gift of a B’nai Tzedek fund for a child, grandchild, relative or friend.  It could launch a Jewish teen on a lifetime of giving.  Or consider a SCRIP contribution to assist Jews in the land of plenty who live beneath the poverty line.  How about a Chanukah gift basket for a worthy JFS client?  Think of your own unforgettable summer camp experiences.  Can you afford to provide scholarship assistance for day camp or summer camp, or perhaps to cover a JCC pre-schooler’s after school care?   As a charitable gift planner, I would love to hear from you about your out-of-the-box gift ideas.   Call me at 614-338-2365.  Let’s find the perfect gift together.

Article appears as originally published in the Ohio Jewish Chronicle, December 3, 2015.

Jackie Jacobs is the Chief Executive Officer of the Columbus Jewish Foundation, the Central Ohio Jewish community’s planned giving and endowment headquarters.

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