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Support JFS

Thank you for your support of Jewish Family Services! Your gift will allow us to provide life-saving and life-changing services to the more than 3,000 individuals each year. All gifts, of any size, are important to our work and our clients.

Donations are accepted through the JFS website, via mail or in person at our downtown offices. Please click here to download a contribution form.

For personal assistance, contact Donna Triplett, Vice President of Development and Communications at 414-225-1345 or email: dtriplett@jfsmilw.org.

Ways to Give

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Donate Online
Write a Check

Please make checks payable to Jewish Family Services and mail your checks to:

Jewish Family Services

1300 N. Jackson Street | Milwaukee, WI 53202

Attn: Development Office

Your contribution will be credited to the Friends Membership Campaign unless otherwise indicated. Checks must be postmarked, or delivered in person, by December 31st in order to be eligible for a charitable deduction on income tax returns for that calendar year.

Click here to download a mail-in donation form.

Use Your Credit Card

For your convenience, Jewish Family Services accepts VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. Please call the Development Office at 414-225-1302 during normal business hours to make a gift using your credit card gift or make a gift online at any time. Credit card gifts must be received by midnight on December 31 in order to be eligible for a charitable deduction on income tax returns for that calendar year.

Click here to access our online donation form.

Click here to download a mail-in donation form.

Gifts of Appreciated Stock

Gifts of stock entitle the donor to a tax deduction at the appreciated value of the stock with no capital gains tax. When you are prepared to make your gift, please notify Donna Triplett, Vice President of Development & Communications at 414-225-1345 or dtriplett@jfsmilw.org. Please ask your broker or bank to include your name in the transaction description.

Delivery instructions — Stock (electronic delivery)

DTC eligible

Stifel, Nicolaus DTC#0793 Beneficiary Account #ML01-4504-0349
Contact: Elliott Katz or Larry Feldmesser at 262-243-3125
Beneficiary Account Name: Jewish Family Services, Inc. Originator to Beneficiary Information (OBI): Donor Name


RBC Wealth Management DTC# 0235 Beneficiary Account #313-824-49
Contact: Bob Chernow at 414-347-7089
Beneficiary Account name: Jewish Family Services, Inc. Originator to Beneficiary Information (OBI): Donor Name


Robert W. Baird DTC# 547 Beneficiary Account #4567-1222-AA38
Contact: John Lewenauer at 414-765-3778
Beneficiary Account name: Jewish Family Services, Inc. Originator to Beneficiary Information (OBI): Donor Name

Car Donations

JFS and Charitable Auto Resources, Inc. (CARS) have partnered together to allow individuals to donate their used cars, motorcylces, boats, trucks, vans and RVs to benefit Jewish Family Services! All you have to do is call the toll free number 877-JFS-4-CAR (877-537-4227) and arrangements will be made to pick up your car within 48 hours, sell it at auction with proceeds to benefit JFS. Or you can even donate your car online at http://www.donatingiseasy.org/donate-car-jfs-milwaukee.htm.

You will receive the proper IRS donation form to take a charitable deduction on your income taxes. There is no effort on your part!


Bequest Language

The official bequest language for Jewish Family Services, Inc. is "I, [name], of [city, state, zip], give, devise and bequeath to Jewish Family Services, Inc., located in Milwaukee, WI [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

While we understand some individuals prefer to remain anonymous, others like to be recognized in advance that they have named JFS as a beneficiary in their estate plans or of a life insurance policy. If you would like us to know of your intent, please call Donna Triplett, Vice President of Development & Communications, at 414-225-1345 or email dtriplett@jfsmilw.org.



With assistance from the Jewish Community Foundation, the endowment development program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, friends of Jewish Family Services can establish an Endowment Fund to provide a lasting legacy that reflects your wishes and are structured so that only a small portion of your gift, rather than the whole amount, is used each year while the rest remains intact and is invested for the future.

An initial minimum gift of $2,500 is required to establish a JFS endowment fund. Funds can be named after loved ones, in memory or in honor of someone, or to commemorate a special event.

Click here for a list of the named Endowment Funds at Jewish Family Services.

Reasons to Consider an Endowed Fund

  • Honors or memorializes a loved one through a project or issue of importance to that person.
  • Promotes philanthropy within the family and teaches tzedakah to children and grandchildren.
  • Bypasses capital gains taxes on long-term appreciated securities.
  • The donor may recommend a different project to receive distribution from the named fund each year.
  • Donations can be made in the form of cash, appreciated securities, bequests or life insurance policies.
  • The donor may add to the fund over time to increase the benefit received by JFS clients.

The information in this Web site is not intended as legal or tax advice. For legal advice, please consult the appropriate professional.

Corporate Matching Gifts

Does your company offer a matching gift program that can multiply the impact of your charitable contribution? If you are not sure, ask your human resources department and they can provide you with a matching gift form that you can send in with your contribution. Visit doublethedonation.com to search for matching gift companies.


AmazonWhen you access Amazon through the AmazonSmile web page, a percentage of your purchase will be automatically donated to JFS at no cost to you! Just go to smile.amazon.com on your computer or mobile device, then bookmark or add this page to your Favorites to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile. Now, all your purchases will benefit JFS…including both direct purchases (books, music, etc.) and any made from an Amazon affiliate such as Target, Toys R Us or Office Depot.


Donate to JFS as you surf the web! Goodsearch.com is a search engine that is powered by Yahoo! which makes it possible to donate to your favorite charity with a few clicks! Simply…

  • Go to Goodsearch.com
  • In the “Who are you searching for” box, type in Jewish Family Services
  • Scroll down the list to find Milwaukee
  • Now search!

You should see your charity name every time you search, and with each click you are helping the programs and services of JFS.

You can also support JFS and save yourself a few bucks when you shop on Goodshop.com! When you register, select Jewish Family Services in Milwaukee as your charity, and you can access coupons and promo codes for your favorite retailers like Target, Best Buy, Macy’s and more! Goodshop will then donate a percentage of your purchase to JFS…at no cost to you.

Wish Room

The Wish Room has been designed as a place where individuals in the community can donate specific items to JFS, which in turn are given to JFS clients in need. Please call the Development Office at 414-225-1302 during normal business hours to talk to someone in regards to making a donation. Please click here to view the items we are currently accepting.

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