As a federation board director, he sees the impact gifts can have to Jewish services locally and abroad.

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Profile: David Ellenhorn, 43, of Bellevue, corporate lawyer/partner. Married. Children, ages 14 and 11.


Legacy:

A special type of bequest to the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle structured so the donor gives a yearly minimum pledge of $10,000 and gift at death that’s 20 times donor’s last or greatest annual gift. Bequest is invested conservatively so interest in effect allows the annual gift to be permanently endowed.


Motivation:

“I wanted to communicate to my friends that you don’t have to give a seven-figure gift to make a difference. If all of us do this, we can make a difference,” and that, “we’re not too young to be thinking about this.”

This values message “more than offsets” what could be a smaller inheritance for the kids.

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As a federation board director, he sees the impact gifts can have to Jewish services locally and abroad.


Why a bequest:

“A gift like this is not real splashy, but it will work forever … By supporting the Jewish Federation through an endowed but unrestricted gift, I will help keep the lights on at our agencies and allow them to continue their good work to make our community a better place long after I am gone.”