We would like to contribute something to the Capital Campaign, but we have limited financial resources. What’s the best way for folks like us to get involved?
What we wish most for this campaign is for it to be embraced by the entire Beth Emet community. Everyone has a role to play and each role is important. We understand that income, personal circumstances, responsibilities, health, luck, family support, and many other factors vary person to person, household to household. Our goal is 100% participation.
We ask that you make a gift that is meaningful to you based on your personal situation. Gifts can be paid over a three-year period beginning in 2017, allowing you to budget your gift over multiple years. There are also ways to participate and volunteer as a way to be involved. Please contact Bekki Kaplan for more information or questions.
Remember, everyone has a role to play. There are no small parts. We are in this together!
If you would like to make a pledge, download this form, complete it, and return to Beth Emet.
Why should we give to Beth Emet now? Our kids are all grown and we only attend High Holiday services.
We are all stewards of Beth Emet. If you believe in our community, if you have benefitted from or been enriched by an experience you had at Beth Emet, we hope you will contribute something to our Capital Campaign. Your children may no longer attend Beit Sefer (religious school) here, but they still remember those experiences. Make those memories count with a gift – it’s a sign of confidence in our future, and a way to pay it forward, just like our predecessors did for us in constructing the current building.
If you believe it is important for Beth Emet to continue to be a leading reform synagogue in Evanston, please contribute to the Capital Campaign.
If you believe it is important for there to be a prominent Jewish presence in Evanston and the greater community, please give to the Capital Campaign.
If you believe in the importance of Beth Emet’s leadership role in speaking out about social justice issues, please give to the Capital Campaign.
If you come to Beth Emet “only” on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we hope you will consider participating with a gift to the Capital Campaign. Rather than thinking of Beth Emet as a product or service you “use,” think instead of how you can be a steward of Beth Emet’s mission and values helping to provide meaningful Jewish experiences and connections for others.
Our hope is that as you consider the totality of your family’s relationship with Beth Emet, you will want to make a gift and support our efforts. You may be surprised how good you feel after you contribute.
I know you are raising a substantial amount of money. What guidance can you give me to help me determine how much I should contribute?
For this campaign to be successful, we will need to raise a significant amount of money from all donors. We are grateful for every gift we receive regardless of amount. How much to contribute is a very personal decision based on one’s financial capacity and individual desire to support Beth Emet.
We have published a gift table showing the number of gifts we have received at various giving levels. To date, we have received many gifts, including an anoymous $1,000,000 gift (a record for Beth Emet). If you would like more information on giving levels or a better understanding of what your peer group may be contributing, someone from the Capital Campaign Committee would be happy to meet with you. Our goal is to meet all our members either individually or in a group setting. Beth Emet is a community and every member of the community matters.
How will the contributions be allocated?
According to our very public plans, 65% of all monies raised will go toward repairs and renovation. Twenty-five percent will be contributed to our endowment – contained within our pre-existing, non-profit entity called The Beth Emet Foundation. The remaining 10% of funds raised will be allocated for two distinct purposes. Approximately half of these funds will be used toward ensuring financial liquidity by providing funds for a seasonal working capital line (managed by The Beth Emet Foundation and included in the contribution totals mentioned above), thereby reducing our reliance on our existing bank-provided credit line. The balance of these funds will be used to cover campaign-related expenses.
I am ready to make a pledge. What’s the next step?
Great!! Thank you. You have several options: you donate electronically by filling out this pledge form. Alternatively, you can mail it to us or drop it off at your convenience to the office. We will review the information you include on your pledge form, and if we have any questions, we will contact you directly.
Can I donate appreciated stock?
Yes. Donating appreciated stock can be a great way to maximize the value of your contribution in a tax efficient manner. Contact Bekki Harris Kaplan, Executive Director, for specific information about how to transfer stock to Beth Emet’s brokerage account.
How long will I have to pay my pledge?
Ideally, we would like all pledges to be completed within three years. If this timeframe does not work for you, we would be happy to discuss with you an alternative timeframe that allows you to fulfill your pledge based on your specific circumstances.
What happens to the money Beth Emet has already collected?
Funds collected on behalf of the Capital Campaign are deposited into a segregated bank account and allocated for their intended purposes. Funds allocated for renovations are held until expenditures are incurred. Funds allocated for the endowment and to provide seasonal working capital are transferred to The Beth Emet Foundation, and funds allocated for expenses are held until those expenditures are incurred.