Major Gifts

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JDC’s Major Gifts program aims to be a transformative experience in philanthropy.

Join individuals and families who are engaging in lifesaving work and changing the Jewish future, one person at a time. JDC’s most generous donors gain insider access to our work and become members of a passionate and caring global network.

Opportunities to learn about and touch our work:


Inside JDC calls, briefings and Global Symposia offer first-hand insight into some of the most innovative solutions to global poverty and disaster relief today. JDC experts and clients offer first-hand insights, and guest speakers — academics, artists, writers, and others — offer outside perspectives and context. For a list of upcoming events, go to Events / Travel.


International Ambassadors Trips give a highly personal perspective on daily life for Jews and others in more than 70 countries in which JDC operates. There is no better way to understand a country than to be invited into the homes of local people, and no more meaningful way to demonstrate the value of global Jewish community than to interact with change-makers who are building and sustaining it around the world. For a list of upcoming trips, go to

Impact Networks

Create or join a JDC Impact Networks to engage more deeply in JDC’s global work and show the power of collective giving. Impact Networks raise $50,000 plus annually in collective funds for specific projects of their choosing, and get involved in making a difference together. For more information, go to Impact Networks.

Annual Recognition Societies

JDC Circle ($10,000+)
Join the JDC Board on select international visits, receive first priority on all Ambassadors Trips and Inside JDC meetings and conference calls, which bring JDC’s work to life.

JDC Society ($25,000+)
In addition to above benefits, enjoy special expert briefings and exclusive access at JDC Board meetings.

JDC Council ($50,000+)
In addition to above benefits, explore personalized travel and learning opportunities around the world.

JDC Patrons ($100,000+)
Receive all of the above benefits and an invitation to our most exclusive annual event, which recognizes the extraordinary leadership and legacy of our most generous benefactors.

JDC confers the title of Ambassadors on those who make a major unrestricted annual gift in support of humanitarian needs, allowing JDC to leverage funds, build unparalleled expertise, and respond to emergencies. Ambassadors represent the key values that inspire and drive JDC’s work, and are committed to JDC’s “smart giving” principles: the importance of combining grassroots innovation with accountability and the goal of creating scalable solutions and system-wide impact.

Lifetime Recognition Societies

JDC Felix M. Warburg Society ($250,000+ over 5 years)
Felix M. Warburg was the first President of JDC and an influential and respected banker and philanthropist. JDC offers public recognition to new Warburg Society members each year at a meeting of its Board, and bestows upon them a precious replica of the JDC Pesach Seder plate, which was distributed in the Displaced Persons Camps, where JDC cared for some 250,000 homeless Holocaust survivors after World War II.

JDC Jacob H. Schiff Society ($1 million+)
In 1914, Henry Morgenthau, then U.S. Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, asked Jacob H. Schiff whether he would gather key American Jewish leaders together to collect desperately needed funding to rescue and sustain Jews in Palestine. Schiff, a businessman and humanitarian leader, called into existence a "joint" committee that was eventually to become JDC. In essence, JDC embodies not only Schiff’s resounding "yes" in response to the call to help, but also the fundamental principle of action in the face of need. Today, we honor members of the Jacob H. Schiff Society by engraving their names on the Schiff Wall, located at JDC’s Jerusalem campus, and by inviting them to an annual exclusive gathering about leadership and legacy today. Starting in 2015, members of the Schiff Society are also invited to record their oral histories in order to create a meaningful video documenting their achievement and to be added, with permission, to JDC’s permanent archival records.

JDC Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Society ($18 million+)
This premier donor group recognizes individuals and foundations that have achieved the highest level of philanthropic support for JDC, and who serve as an inspiration to all who care about global Jewish life today. Maurice Wohl was a successful developer with family roots in Eastern Europe. Along with his wife, Vivienne, he sought to give back to the Jewish community around the world and in Israel. Members of the Wohl Society are recognized in the Wohl Garden, which is in construction at JDC’s Israel campus, and at JDC Board and donor meetings.

I shall pass through this world but once. Any good thing therefore that I can do, any kindness I can show to any human being let me do it now; let me not defer it nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.

- Felix M. Warburg

For more information about how to get involved or join a network, please be in touch with Rebecca Neuwirth, Director of Strategic Engagement, at or (212) 885-0878.


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