The Jewish Community Foundation

For more than 30 years, the Jewish Community Foundation has earned the trust of donors by helping them to realize their individual dreams for a stronger, healthier community. 


The Jewish Community Foundation was established as the endowment development program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation in 1973, with a goal of encouraging planned giving in our community and providing the expertise to structure and manage planned gifts that benefit current and future generations.


The Jewish Community Foundation’s mission is to:


Assist individuals and families to achieve their philanthropic goals in the most tax-advantaged manner.


Develop both restricted and unrestricted endowment funds that will form a permanent base of support for our local community, our agencies, and our programs.


Work with professionals in the areas of estate, tax, and financial planning to provide the most current information pertinent to charitable giving.


Be the Jewish community’s foundation … serving the needs of our people locally, nationally, in Israel and throughout the world, while sowing the seeds for a stronger Milwaukee Jewish community.


To learn more about how the Jewish Community Foundation can help you reach your philanthropic goals, call (414) 390-5737.


Planned Giving

Did you know that your assets can provide lasting support to others while still benefiting you and your family?  Through careful planning today, charitable gifts can have a future impact far beyond your expectations.  There are four broad categories that describe most planned gifts:



Book of Life Program

Anyone who has made a commitment to establish an endowment or leave a bequest to the Jewish community is encouraged to sign the Book of Life, a collection of individual histories, hopes and dreams from people of all walks of life.  Click here to learn more.



To Make a Distribution from Your Fund

Click here to download a distribution request form as a first step to making a distribution from your fund.  Please complete the form and follow instructions to fax or email to JCF.



Grants and Scholarships



  • The Milwaukee Jewish Federation awards scholarships to young people to attend recognized Jewish summer overnight camps and to attend summer programs in Israel, based on financial need.  The deadline for applications for summer 2014 is Friday January 31, 2014. Late applications will not be reviewed. Contact Jen Vettrus with questions at 414-390-5722 or at  

    Download the application here. It is formatted to fill out on your computer or by hand.   
  • The Jewish Community Foundation offers scholarship awards from the Hecht Family Memorial College Scholarship Fund to outstanding Jewish high school seniors to help fund the college freshman year.  Awards are based on financial need, academic performance and community service.  Applicants are required to be residents of the Milwaukee metropolitan area. Learn more about the Hecht Family Memorial College Scholarship Fund. Click here for the application. The deadline for applications for scholarships to support study beginning in Fall 2013 is Friday, March 15th.

Fund Holders: Visit Donor Central

Donor Central is a secure online tool that offers convenient access to your funds at the Jewish Community Foundation. Using this powerful tool, you can view your fund balances, make grant recommendations and more.

Log in to Donor Central 

Caren B. Goldberg,
Executive Director


Amy Blumenthal,
Director of Women's Philanthropy


 Jen Vettrus,
Development Associate


Amy Sugent, 
Executive Assistant