Last year, Rabbi Polter, JSL community chaplain came to me to tell me he met someone special during his chaplaincy visits, someone he thought would consider leaving a bequest to the JSL Foundation. I immediately contacted the donor and left a message. When I didn’t hear back, I called again and asked Rabbi Polter to remind the gentleman I wanted to meet with him. I wrote him a letter, I emailed him… but sadly, he had taken ill and passed away – but not before he went to his attorney to finalize his charitable wishes. We subsequently learned that this generous and humble man liked his visits with Rabbi Polter so much, that he left JSL a windfall.
Charitable bequests are making a difference now and for future generations. Most people spend just a few hours planning the distribution of assets which took an entire lifetime to acquire. But a little more planning now can go a long way later – and it doesn’t have to be complicated. A small amount of effort can ensure that your hard-earned assets are ultimately given to the causes and people most important to you.