Sunday, October 13, 2013
A recent study revealed that 23% of American Jews are leaving money behind for charities in their wills. This percentage is nearly twice the amount as non-Jews. Moreover, the funds are not necessarily left to Jewish organizations. In fact, the study showed that the Jews were most likely to leave a bequest to any type of charity. Additionally, 74% of all Jews have drafted a will; in contrast, only 60% of non-Jews have a will.
Another interesting point the study revealed is that 45% of Jews who were members of Jewish organizations were leaving charitable gifts versus 15% of Jews who don't belong to a Jewish organization. This study confirmed a correlation between involvement in Jewish life and charitable contributions just like other studies also conducted by Jumpstart and others.
See Alex Daniels, Jews Are Twice As Likely to Leave Bequests Than Non-Jews, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Oct. 10, 2013.
Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.)) for bringing this article to my attention.