Donate to JELF When you give back, Jewish students go forward.

JELF provides loans to deserving students each year. In 2023, the generosity of donors made it possible to provide $2,055,042 in funding to 438 recipients.  However, JELF continues to experience an annual funding gap as inflation rises and families face increased costs of living.  We appreciate your support!

Why Support JELF?

College is getting more expensive

The average cost of college in the United States is $25K a year. This cost is only going to continue to grow.

Income rarely matches college costs

31% of the families JELF serves have a household income of under $50K. The Jewish community is not immune to debt or hardship.

JELF students repay their loans

We have a 99% student repayment rate. This means that your donation will live in perpetuity - as loans are paid back, these dollars are "recycled" to help more students going forward.

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Giving thanks...arielle

Hear Arielle's JELF story to understand the impact a JELF donation can make on a student’s life.

With JELF's 0% interest support, Arielle and her two siblings were able to enroll in college full-time and work towards earning their degree in four years.

Donor Testimonials

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Atlanta, GA Brian Banner

College provided us with the opportunities to get where we are today and with our career and family. We feel really strong about JELF giving kids more opportunities.

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Ft. Lauderdale, FL Jamie Raider

JELF was a huge assistance to me when I was a student - something I will never forget! I now enjoy being able to give back and help other students pursue their higher ed goals.

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Virginia Beach, VA Ross & Anne Legum

Higher education is a priority for us so JELF’s mission of making it more accessible to those in need is something we love to support.  There is no better gift than giving someone an opportunity they may not otherwise receive.

Make a Gift

Make a one-time gift or set up recurring donations.  You can also designate your gift in honor or memory of an individual and they will be notified.

Sending a Check?
Make payable to "JELF":
6065 Roswell Rd, Suite 740
Atlanta, GA 30328

Wire & Stock Transfers:
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Are you a donor aged 70 1/2+?

Discover how you can support JELF through Qualified Charitable Distributions from your IRA.

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Does your company match?

If you work for a company that will match your gift, don't forget to let us know in the donation form!

Other ways to give

Pledge a Gift

To make a commitment to JELF, please fill out the form below. We will follow-up to ensure that your gift is fulfilled.

Leave a Legacy

Help ensure that JELF will pave the way towards a better future. We would love to speak to you about this special opportunity.

Sponsor a Student

A 4-year commitment to JELF provides the opportunity to assist a Jewish student for their higher education.

Jewish Federation Support

Across JELF's five-state region, we are proudly endorsed and backed by over 20 Jewish Federations, demonstrating widespread community support.

Recognized as the highest-rated charity by Charity Navigator, JELF's four-star rating reflects our commitment to transparency, accountability, and making a meaningful impact in the lives of those we serve.

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Success Story Steve W.

"JELF's last dollars loans helped me afford my education at Emory University and the Medical College of Georgia in the 1980s. In times of crazy tuition costs, these funds can allow a student to live in acceptable housing and not be forced to work 40 hours per week, on top of pursuing a full-time degree. I am so happy to give back so our next generation can obtain the most important thing in life – an education."

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