The Foundation has helped guide me on how to most strategically structure my giving. The breadth of expertise has been invaluable.
Jane was the first woman partner in the consulting arm of KPMG, the international professional services firm, where she served for 25 years. She retired in 2003 and now serves on several corporate and community boards. Her estate lawyer and her investment advisor both suggested she consider opening a Donor Advised Fund at The Foundation, but the deciding factor was a convincing discussion she had with a friend who extolled the value of working with The Foundation to achieve her philanthropic goals.
The Foundation: What is your area or areas of charitable passion?
Jane Jelenko: I have several interests including dance and the performing arts, education, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Israel, progressive organizations, and homelessness.
The Foundation: Has the global pandemic affected your giving strategy? How?
Jane: Yes, I have deepened my commitment to my regular charities affected by COVID-19. So many organizations are struggling right now, and I feel it’s important to increase my support at this difficult time.
The Foundation: Have you turned to The Foundation for guidance about your philanthropic goals?
Jane: The Foundation has helped guide me on how to most strategically structure my giving. The breadth of expertise has been invaluable.
The Foundation: What can you say to others who want to become more strategic philanthropists?
Jane: Make sure to align your giving with your values and interests. Keep focused on how your donations are having a meaningful impact through the organizations you support. Make sure the organizations are well-run and keeping their administrative expenses in check.
This article was featured in The Foundation’s Winter 2020 Legacy magazine.