THE SUSTAINING FUND

The Vision

Kol Dorot: A Reform Jewish Community is a spiritual home embracing Jewish values and traditions for the future of progressive Judaism in Northern Bergen County. Our name, Kol Dorot, "Voice of Generations," represents our vision to be an open and welcoming congregation that meets the needs and expectations of our region's Reform Jewish community.

 

To honor that vision and preserve our rich heritage, we created one simple fund for the ongoing mitzvah of giving financial support to our Jewish community. The Kol Dorot Sustaining Fund aims to complement our membership dues structure, raise $350,000 by June 2023 and achieve near-term $2 million by 2027.

The Kol Dorot Sustaining Fund replaces the High Holiday Appeal and Giving Circles, allowing donors to take a more proactive role in their planned contributions and long-term philanthropic giving.

The Impact

The Kol Dorot Sustaining Fund creates giving opportunities accessible to everyone, as gifts of any size help us fulfill our vision.

 

Like many synagogues and non-profit organizations, our membership dues only support a fraction of the operating expenses of Kol Dorot. Your participation and financial support are vital to long-term sustainability.

 

HOW IT WORKS

Holiday Matching Grants Initiative

Our first milestone begins at the High Holidays 2022 and runs through Simchat Torah (October 18, 2022). Every eligible* dollar donated to the Kol Dorot Sustaining Fund will be matched 50% by a group of extraordinary benefactors, including donations pledged and received. So, a $1,000 donation becomes $1,500. $10,000 becomes $15,000, and so on.

Additional giving milestones are planned for Chanukah 2022 and Passover 2023.

*Eligible donations do not include previously committed or pledged donations to the Founders Campaign.


 

Monthly Giving Plan

Donors in a Monthly Giving Plan commit to automated regular donations set to an amount they choose. For example, donate $18/month (the cost of 2 Starbucks lattes) or $108/month (the price of dinner out for 4). 

 

Direct Donation

Make a direct donation online using your credit card or ACH transfer. Kol Dorot also accepts cash and checks.

HOW TO MAXIMIZE YOUR DONATION

Stock Options

Make a more significant impact by donating long-term appreciated securities, including stock, bonds, and mutual funds, directly to Kol Dorot. Compared with donating cash, by selling appreciated securities and contributing the after-tax proceeds, you may be able to automatically increase your gift and your tax deduction.

Employer Matching Program

Many employers offer matching gift programs that match, double, or even triple a donation’s value. Check with your company to see if it will match your gift to Kol Dorot.

Planned Giving

Donors may elect to ensure the future vitality of our community by including Kol Dorot in their estate planning. Planned gifts have a lasting effect, helping sustain our mission and community for years to come.

"I am proud to have fulfilled my Jewish obligation by making a meaningful gift to our Kol Dorot community."

— Roberta Abrams, Chairperson - Kol Dorot Sustaining Fund