Gifts and Giving

  • Your charitable donation to the Falmouth Jewish Congregation helps sustain the vibrant community we have created. Donations can be made on-line using the “Donate” button form below, or we would welcome your contribution by check, made payable to “Falmouth Jewish Congregation”.  If donating by check, please download our donation form. We ask for a minimum donation of $10.00. Please be sure to include your name and mailing address and, if your contribution is being made to honor or memorialize someone, please include that information, making certain to include the name and mailing address of anyone who should receive notification of your gift. You may specify that your donation should go into any of the following funds:

    • BUILDING FUND (check payable to “FJC Building Fund”)
    • LIBRARY FUND (no book plate)
    • LIBRARY FUND (with dedicatory bookplate, $25 each)
    • RABBI’S DISCRETIONARY FUND (check payable to: “Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund”

    You can make a donation through PayPal using this form:

    Select where you’d like your donation to be applied.

    Receipts will be sent to non-temple members for donations of $250 or more. For donations under $250, your check is your receipt.

    Click here to download our donation form. Once complete, please mail donations to:

    Falmouth Jewish Congregation 7 Hatchville Road East Falmouth, MA  02536


    “Securing Our Legacy for Future Generations”

    Endowment Fund at Falmouth Jewish Congregation

     In 2012, Falmouth Jewish Congregation, the Upper Cape’s only synagogue, launched a successful community campaign to significantly increase its permanent endowment to ensure the congregation’s vitality through our lifetime and for future generations. A vibrant, welcoming center for Jewish life on the Cape, Falmouth Jewish Congregation is seeking funds that will enable it to continue to be an innovative force, both within the Jewish community and beyond.

    A gift to Falmouth Jewish Congregation’s Endowment Fund is an investment in our community’s future. Your gift helps to ensure that our children and grandchildren, and Jews of Cape Cod will have the same opportunity to learn and carry forward our Jewish values. We hope that each of you will participate, providing gifts that rise to the best of your giving ability and demonstrate your support of our congregational community.

    Our Endowment Fund is a pool of assets held separately from Falmouth Jewish Congregation’s general funds. Our endowment supports financial sustainability, providing resources for the congregation and its current programs, as well as preparing for future needs. The larger the endowment, the more Falmouth Jewish Congregation can draw on it to support targeted programs, help to keep memberships affordable, and perform important maintenance projects.

    Falmouth Jewish Congregation’s Endowment Fund is invested with Greater Boston CJP’s (Combined Jewish Philanthropies) Jewish Community Endowment Pool, which is managed by professional investment advisors. The Board of Directors may use distributed income in any way it deems appropriate, similar to how it determines how to utilize dues and current gifts.

    Our current goal is to grow our Fund to $3 million. As of May 2014, we have received donations and pledges totaling over $1.9 million. To help realize this $3 million goal, the Development Committee is undertaking a major bequest campaign to increase donations to the Fund. Please remember that everyone’s gift is vital to “Securing Our Legacy for Future Generations.” Our hope is for you to name the Endowment Fund as a designated beneficiary in your estate plans, supporting Falmouth Jewish Congregation now and in the future.



    Planned Giving at Falmouth Jewish Congregation

    Planned giving is a wonderful way to support Falmouth Jewish Congregation’s endowment.  It also can offer great benefits to you.  Planned giving options include:

    Current Gifts

    Current gifts to the endowment are fully tax deductible, subject to the Tax Code’s percentage limitations. You can give cash or securities. Contributing appreciated securities not only generates a charitable deduction but also permits you to avoid realizing a capital gain on the appreciation. If you would like to make a substantial gift but want to structure it to be paid over a number of years, you may make a charitable pledge.  Also, if you have established a private foundation or a donor-advised fund, please consider making a grant to the endowment from that source (but such a grant should not be used to satisfy a pledge).

    Retained Income

    Retained income gifts permit you to convert appreciated assets into an income stream during your lifetime without generating a current capital gains tax, and permit a current deduction for the charitable interest. At death, the remaining funds would be added to the Falmouth Jewish Congregation’s endowment. Such a gift could take the form of a Charitable Remainder Trust or a Charitable Gift Annuity.


    Estate Planning

    Estate planning is another opportunity to provide for the endowment. Consider adding a gift to the endowment in your will or revocable trust.  It would provide a lasting legacy and also generate an estate tax deduction. Also consider naming the endowment as a beneficiary of a portion of your IRA or qualified retirement plan—such a gift would pass free of both estate tax and income tax.

    Members of the Endowment Committee would be pleased to speak with you or your advisors about options for tax-wise giving, and can provide language for properly designating the endowment in your estate plan.

    For more information, please contact Ellen Hewett ( of Falmouth Jewish Congregation’s Development Committee. A member of the Development Committee will contact you as soon as possible.

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