Every individual is a pillar on which the future of Judaism rests.

The Jewish Community Foundation of New Mexico's mission is to build and perpetuate support for a vibrant, caring Jewish community through partnerships with donors and organizations.

The wellbeing of our community depends upon planning for and investing in the future.

Tips On Charitable Giving

A Charitable Remainder Unitrust for You?

by Grace Allison, JD
JCFNM Board Member

Many of us want to benefit both individuals and charity in our estate plans. The question is: how to do it? Consider a charitable remainder unitrust, often referred to as a CRUT. As its name suggests, the unitrust is a special type of trust, making cash payouts first to individuals (either for life or for a term of years) and then to a favorite charity or charities. Payout is always a fixed percentage of the net fair market value of the trust, recalculated each year.

Example: Sarah's charitable remainder unitrust pays her 5% of its net fair market value each year for life; at her death, it distributes to the charity or charities named in the trust document.

Example: Josh's estate plan creates a $100,000 charitable remainder unitrust that pays his son Max 5% of its net fair market value each year for life; at Max's death, the trust distributes to the charity or charities named in the trust document.

Example: Same facts as in prior example. During the first year of the unitrust, Max will receive $5,000. But, if the trust grows in value, Max's cash payouts will increase as well.

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Donor Spotlight

Environmental Peacebuilding is the Siegels' Passion

Leora and Malcolm Siegel have been involved in the New Mexico Jewish community since they moved here from Boston in 1981. In 2009, they became active participants in environmental peacebuilding in Israel and Palestine, through the Water Resources Action Project, (WRAP) an all-volunteer, non-profit organization based in Washington D.C. and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Environmental peacebuilding promotes peace in areas of conflict.

WRAP began with a simple mission: to provide a reliable supply of water for flushing toilets, washing hands, and keeping restrooms clean in schools for underserved youth in Israel, Palestine and Jordan. In the past seven years, WRAP has built water harvesting systems in a network of 8 middle and high schools and uses digital technology to connect these schools to American schools.

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News & Events

LIFE & LEGACY™ - Assuring Jewish Tomorrows in New Mexico

The Jewish experience here in New Mexico is enriching and diverse. The Jewish Community Foundation of New Mexico is dedicated to securing the future of Jewish New Mexico through the LIFE & LEGACY™ initiative in partnership with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

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Four Refugee and Immigrant Aid Programs in Albuquerque Receive Grants

The Jewish Community Foundation of New Mexico launched an Immigrant and Refugee Assistance Fund in 2017, in response to growing concerns about the welfare and safety of immigrants and refugees in Albuquerque and New Mexico.

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110 Charitable Organizations Receive Grants in 2017

Donor-directed and competitive grants targeted a variety of areas including enhancing Jewish life, education, healthcare, human services and the arts.

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Remembering 1492: Sephardi Jews and the Spanish Past

Vanderbilt University Associate Professor Julia Phillips Cohen presented a fascinating lecture on March 22 probing the evolution of Sephardi Jews' ties to Spain in the centuries following their expulsion.

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