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The  JCC plays a vital role in our community, providing wellness programs, child care and after school programs, summer camps, senior activities, outdoor fun and much more for everyone in Schenectady, Saratoga and Albany Counties.

To provide these programs and to support our continuous efforts to improve our offerings and facilities, we need your help.

Many people do not realize that income from membership dues is not enough to support the excellent programming we enjoy, to enhance and maintain the building we love, and to serve the community. Your support -- at any level -- helps us to continue to provide the exciting programs, events and services you have come to expect from your JCC.

Whether you want to make a one-time gift, endow a program or event, honor someone special, or make a gift that your employer will match, you can help honor the past, provide for the present, and build for the future. As we celebrate 100 years of service to our community, please consider supporting the Schenectady JCC.

For more information on giving opportunities at the JCC, contact Campus Director Andy Katz at (518) 377-8803 or


Annual Campaign

Individuals, corporations and other entities can support JCC programs through our annual campaign which funds everything from wellness programs, to our early childhood care center, Jewish cultural education, senior programs and adult programming.

The Schenectady JCC depends on the generous support of our members and the community to offer important services to everyone. The Schenectady JCC continues to change lives and enhance the quality of life in the area.

Donors for the Annual Campaign will be recognized in our marketing materials regardless of the size of the gift. You can easily make an annual campaign donation by clicking the link above or contacting David Posner, CEO, at (518) 377-8825 at



Tribute Gifts

Honor someone special, a special occasion, or the memory of a loved one or friend by donating to the Schenectady JCC in their name. These donations can be made to the Annual Campaign or any JCC program area.

To honor someone’s legacy with a tribute gift, contact David Posner, CEO, at (518) 377-8825 at

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Playground Campaign

In the spring of 2021, the JCC will be rebuilding its child-age playground and making it more accessible, safe and fun for the hundreds of kids each year who play there. For more information on this project, please click here .




Since 1921, the Schenectady JCC has touched the lives of thousands of people with its mission-driven programs. We urge you to envision a place where generation after generation will come together to remember our rich history, to change lives, and to enhance the quality of life in the area; where bright futures will always be cherished and nourished. Envision the enduring presence of a vibrant JCC. Let us show you how you can make a difference. Make a commitment to keeping the doors of the JCC open for future generations.

There are ways to support the Schenectady JCC that don't affect your current lifestyle or your family's security.

Leaving a LIFE & LEGACY™ Gift to the Schenectady JCC

Current gifts of cash are vital to our success, but donors also can support the JCC by making a planned gift - leaving a legacy. Legacy giving, planned with the assistance of a qualified professional advisor, can provide immediate benefits - tax savings and additional income - and will give you the satisfaction of knowing that your personal philanthropic goals will be met, and that you are helping ensure that the JCC will maintain its place in our community for years and years. You can make a gift that costs you nothing during your lifetime. You can also make a gift that leaves your cash flow and current financial planning unchanged.

LIFE & LEGACY™ is a 4-year partnership program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF) that assists communities across North America, through partnership with Jewish Federations and Foundations, to promote after-lifetime giving to benefit local Jewish day schools, synagogues, social service organizations and other Jewish entities. Through training, support and monetary incentives LIFE & LEGACY™ motivates Jewish organizations to secure legacy gifts, steward donors and integrate legacy giving into the philanthropic culture of the Jewish community in order to ensure vibrant Jewish life for future generations.

Gifts Anyone Can Afford:

  • Bequests: Gifts from your will or trust. Bequests are ideal for donors who wish to make a contribution without diminishing available assets during their lifetime. You can designate a specific sum of money or a percentage of your estate's value, or identify an asset to be transferred.
  • Beneficiary Designations: Gifts from your retirement plan or life insurance policy. Assets in a qualified retirement plan such as an IRA, a 401(k), a Keogh, or a life insurance policy are typically included as part of a taxable estate. To minimize income and estate taxes you can select the JCC as the beneficiary of these retirement assets.
  • Income for Life Gifts: Gifts from annuities or trusts. Income for Life Gifts include Charitable Gift Annuities and Charitable Remainder Trusts. These vehicles allow you to generate income to enhance your lifestyle and create a legacy for the community. You contribute cash or securities to a fund or trust, decide who will receive income from it (yourself, a family member or friend), and make decisions about the income distribution process. When the income period ends, the funds flow to the designated charitable beneficiary.
  • Appreciated Assets: Gifts of stock. Your gift of appreciated stock that has been held for more than one year will benefit the JCC and may save you capital gains taxes and provide a variety of other tax benefits. Please consult your tax advisor to find out how a charitable donation of stock can help you reach your personal financial goals. More gift planning vehicles are available to help you meet your legacy goals. We encourage you to contact a financial advisor or your attorney to further explore these options.

For more information on the LIFE & LEGACY™ program, please contact David Posner, CEO, at (518) 377-8825 at

THANK YOU to our LIFE & LEGACY™ Donors:

Rabbi Matt & Sharon Cutler

Annie Deiber

Marvin Garfinkel (Z"L)

Jack & Vicki Gold

Bryan & Andrea Goldberger

David & Andrea Golub

Mona Golub

Alex Hallenstein

Aviva Hallenstein

Betty Hallenstein

Andrew Katz

Kathy Levy

Michelle Ostrelich & Howard Schlossberg

Sonia Rubenstein (Z"L)

Barbara & Jeff Walton








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