Legacy Matters Plan your future giving

The definition of legacy giving is the planning to make a difference in the future. This difference can be both for yourself, as well as a cause you believe in.  The goal is to leave a legacy that will make an impact for future generations.

If you are interested in learning more, making a legacy gift or want to inform JELF of a gift that has been made, please let us know.

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Gwen and Jules Knapp, along with a statue of them that stands at University of Chicago's Center for Biomedical Discovery.

Legacy donors Gwen and Jules Knapp

In 2021, JELF was honored to receive a very generous bequest from philanthropists Jules and Gwen Knapp, of blessed memory. The Knapps’ history of transformational giving has extended to significant support in the fields of biological sciences, lupus and immunology as well as a variety of educational and Jewish causes in the Chicago area and beyond

Discover Different Types of Legacy Giving

Have you taken the necessary steps to create or update your will? Making a will is a crucial process that ensures your wishes are honored, and it's never too late to start. A well-thought-out will allows you not only to take care of your loved ones but also leave behind a meaningful legacy. If you haven't already done so, consider revising or creating your will today. You may find that you want to an estate planning attorney, financial advisor or life insurance broker to further discuss any of these options below..

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Legacy Donor Stan Lowenstein

"Jen and I are excited that our legacy will carry on after us.  Working with our estate planner, it was a simple process to include JELF in our will."

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Longtime JELF supporters Eydie and Steve Koonin on leaving a legacy to JELF

Eydie & Steve Koonin

'We have left money in our estate because it's a perpetuation of money...it recycles itself...so students can come into the world they want to create without being crushed by debt. I'm hoping JELF becomes part of more people's lifestyles and wills. ' ~ Steve Koonin

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