Contribute to a Fund

We accept gifts in a variety of ways.

Choose the method that permits you to make the greatest impact.



A gift by check is a simple method to make a
charitable contribution.

Please make checks payable to Jewish Community Foundation, and specify the name of the fund in the memo field. Mail checks to:

Jewish Community Foundation
4950 Murphy Canyon Road
San Diego, CA 92123



Donating appreciated securities often allows donors to make a bigger philanthropic impact, and to receive greater tax advantages than donating cash or selling the stock and donating the proceeds. By donating appreciated securities, you bypass capital gains tax and may deduct the fair market value of your gift.

Make an online gift now or call 858-279-2740.

Credit Card

Gifts by Credit Card

Making an online gift to the Foundation is quick, safe and secure

You may include comments, questions and special instructions. The cut-off for same-day processing is 3:00 p.m., PST. Credit card gifts entered after 3:00 p.m. will be processed the next business day. The balance may take a few days to appear in the account once processed. Please note that tax receipts will reference the Jewish Community Foundation.

Please click here or call 858-279-2740 to make a gift via credit card.

Wire Transfer

Wire Transfers

You may make a contribution via a direct bank wire to the Foundation. Please fill out the form below to receive an email with routing instructions.

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Automated Payments

Automated Payments

A recurring gift from your checking or savings account simplifies charitable contributions. Please complete the authorization form and mail to:

Jewish Community Foundation
4950 Murphy Canyon Road
San Diego, CA 92123

Charitable Gift Annuities

Charitable Gift Annuities

A Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA) is an agreement between you and the Foundation. In exchange for assets irrevocably transferred to the Foundation and designated to the charities of your choice, you receive regular fixed payments for life backed by the resources of the Foundation. The older you are, the greater the payment.

After the beneficiary’s lifetime, the remaining principal in the annuity goes to the named charity or charities. The Foundation engages Wells Fargo Bank to manage its CGA program.

Several types of assets may be gifted in exchange for a charitable gift annuity such as cash and appreciated securities.

Please contact Sharleen Wollach, Vice President, Operations, to discuss the payment options for your gift annuity or call 858-279-2740

Other Gifts

Other gifts

Gifts of Real Estate

A gift of real estate to the Foundation is an excellent way to unlock the full appraised value of a property, allow for significant tax and economic advantages, and donate to worthy causes. The Foundation can help you structure a charitable gift of a vacation home, an investment property, land, or commercial or residential real estate.

By donating real estate, you bypass capital gains and may deduct the fair market value of your gift. The proceeds can be distributed to a donor advised fund, family foundation or endowment fund. Property may also be used to fund a charitable remainder trust, which produces lifetime income for the donor.

To explore gifts of real estate, please contact Jeremy Pearl, Chief Financial Officer or call 858-279-2740.

Bonds, Mutual Funds, Private or Restricted Stock

To transfer bonds, mutual funds, private or restricted stock, please contact Jeremy Pearl, Chief Financial Officer, for instructions or call 858-279-2740.


In 2002, a volunteer group of South Africans from San Diego initiated an international program called ChaiSouthAfrica, a fund that former South African Jews could contribute to in order to assist friends and family in need back home.

Through the ChaiSouthAfrica Fund, the Foundation has awarded millions of dollars to support the aging Jewish communities in South Africa and Zimbabwe. Funds provided to 13 nursing homes and homes for the developmentally disabled are changing the lives of thousands of residents, enabling those who need it most to live their remaining years in dignity and comfort.

Read more about Chai South Africa.

Memorial Fund

Commemorate a loved one’s life by establishing a memorial fund. This can be set up instantly and provides an opportunity for you, family members and friends to immediately make contributions. You and your family can then take time deciding where to give to best honor your loved one.

For more information on establishing a Memorial Fund, contact
Sharleen Wollach, Vice President, Operations, or call 858-279-2740.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Fund

It’s the gift that encourages giving. Bar and Bat Mitzvah funds allow parents, grandparents, relatives and friends to mark Judaism’s coming of age ceremony with one of the most important practices in the Jewish tradition: giving.

For more information on establishing a Bar/Bat Mitzvah Fund, contact Sharleen Wollach, Vice President, Operations, or call 858-279-2740.