The ZCF Legacy Society

Make Music Your Legacy

Members of the ZCF Legacy Society have made the thoughtful decision to include the Zamir Choral Foundation in their estate plans. This poignant form of financial support provides a cherished sense of satisfaction derived from making a lasting contribution to ZCF’s future and its vital mission.

Make Music Your Legacy to:

  • Give the next generation a strong & proud Jewish identity.
  • Build pluralistic community.
  • Forge enduring ties to Israel.
  • Train young leaders.
  • Commission, create & preserve Jewish choral works.
  • Model Klal Yisrael. 

By including ZCF in your estate plans, you help link the rich musical tradition of our past and present with that of generations to come, inspiring a sense of community and Jewish identity.

How to Become a Legacy Society Member?

Simply submit a Letter of Intent informing us of your plans to include ZCF in your bequest.  The Letter is non-binding and does not constitute a legal promise of any future donation to ZCF.

Membership Benefits

Legacy Society Members receive special recognition at ZCF concerts and special events, including the annual North American Jewish Choral Festival and are acknowledged in programs and other materials.

The most important benefit is knowing that you are ensuring ZCF will continue to grow and raise our voices to unify our community, invigorate our shared traditions and strengthen our bond to Israel. 

What is a Planned Gift?

A charitable gift that you decide to make as part of your estate plans. In addition to benefitting ZCF, a planned gift can benefit you and your loved ones. It stands as a lasting reminder of the values that are most important to you.

What Can My Bequest Fund?

You can designate how your gift is to be used: to provide unrestricted funds to help ZCF now and in the future, or to support identified programs or initiatives that are of particular interest to you and your family. It's up to you.

Types of Gifts

Planned giving offers various giving vehicles. If you give during your lifetime, you may receive charitable income tax deductions.

  • Will or Living Trust. Give to ZCF without affecting your cash flow during your lifetime.
  • Retirement Plans. Your plan may be worth more when donated to ZCF than to your heirs.            
  • Life Insurance. Make a significant gift to ZCF without dipping into your capital assets.
  • Appreciated Securities. The IRS allows you one of its most valuable tax breaks for gifts of appreciated securities.
  • Real Estate.  Make a generous gift through residential, commercial, or undeveloped real estate.

Please consult your legal and tax advisors to determine applicability for your personal, legal, and financial needs. 

Letter of Intent

To inform us of your plans and become a Member of ZCF's Legacy Society, please sign and return this Letter of Intent to Jeff Nadler, Director of Development at 212-837-3335 or jnadler@zamirchoralfoundation.org.

The Letter of Intent is non-binding and does not constitute a legal promise of any future donation to ZCF. 

Estate Plan

If you already have a will or trust, there is no need to rewrite your documents to make a bequest. Consult your attorney. Generally you must simply add a codicil or amendment that declares your intentions.  Sample language follows:

General Bequest:

I give and bequeath the sum of $_______ (or ____% of my residuary estate) to The Zamir Choral Foundation, a not-for-profit tax-exempt organization, whose principal offices are currently at 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1948, New York, NY 10115(Federal ID# 13-6217087), to be used in support of its general purposes.

Bequest Benefiting a Specific Program:

I give and bequeath the sum of $_______ (or ____% of my residuary estate) to ZCF, a not-for-profit tax-exempt organization, whose principal offices are currently at 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1948, New York, NY 10115 (Federal ID # 13-6217087), to be used in support of____________ (for example: HaZamir, North American Jewish Choral Festival, Zamir Chorale, Zamir Noded, HaZamir Israel, Commissioning new works, etc.).