Jewish Community Foundation


The mission of the Jewish Community Foundation of Durham Chapel Hill is to foster and support the members of our community in fulfilling their philanthropic goals – social, educational, and charitable – and maintaining the longstanding Jewish traditions of pursuing Tzedakah and Tikkun Olam (repairing the world).


We strive to accomplish our mission by:

  • Empowering donors to convert generous ideas into deliberate action;
  • Serving as a central hub and advocate for charitable giving to help individuals, families, and community organizations achieve their charitable goals; and
  • Receiving, administering, investing, and disbursing funds to ensure the viability of our community life for generations to come.


The Jewish Community Foundation (JCF) was established in 1996 to encourage planned giving to build endowments for the Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish community. As of April, 2017, the Foundation holds 80 funds totaling $3,758,500.

To learn more about the Foundation please contact Lauren Beja, Director of Development and Foundation, at

Foundation News

To learn more about the Foundation, check out our quarterly newsletter:

Winter 2017

Fall 2016

Leave a Legacy

Your commitment to our Jewish community and the Jewish people is evident in everything you do – the responsibility you take, the care you give, and the values you teach. Now you can extend your commitment. You can inspire the next generation and the generations after that. You can make a connection to the future.

To support these efforts within our community, we are working with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, bringing the LIFE&LEGACY program to the Triangle Jewish Community.

Click here for more information.

Create a Donor Advised Fund

Some funds in the Foundation are donor-advised philanthropic funds. These funds are established with a donation to the Foundation, often with appreciated stock or by year-end donation of cash to take advantage of charitable deductions from current income tax. Subsequently, the donor recommends distributions from the fund to qualified charities recognized by the IRS. This allows the donor to take advantage of a making one donation, such as the transfer of appreciated stock, receiving a tax deduction for the full value of the appreciated stock, and then making multiple smaller distributions from the proceeds of that transfer at later dates. A donor can name a child or children as successor Trustees, to encourage children to continue the tradition of philanthropy.

Contact Lauren Beja ( for more information on starting a fund.

Contribute to an Existing Fund

There are a number of funds within the Foundation that may align with your philanthropic goals.  Click here to review current funds and find form to make donation.