Your help means a lot.

The act of giving is a personal endeavor, as individual as each of us. That’s why there are many ways for you to support NCJW/Essex. Your support helps NCJW/Essex provide vitally needed services and programs for women, children, and families in financial need throughout Essex County amid constantly growing demand. 

Please, choose the giving opportunity that’s right for you! 

To discuss any of our varied  donor options, please contact Caitlin Higgins Joy, Executive Director, at 973.740.0588 or email

Giving Opportunities:

General Donations

Making a tax-deductible contribution makes it possible for NCJW/Essex to create meaningful social change for women, children and families in Essex County and the surrounding areas. All gifts in all amounts are greatly appreciated.

Back 2 School Store

Making a tax-deductible contribution to the Back 2 School Store will help support our annual event for underserved children in Essex County. Put a smile on the face of a child as he/she prepares to go back to school! All gifts in all amounts are greatly appreciated.

Special Gifts Campaign

Your gift to the Special Gifts Campaign makes it possible for NCJW/Essex to reach more people and continue our work to enhance the quality of life for women, children and families in Essex County. Your gift can be one-time – or make it monthly! Twelve modest monthly gifts, combined, can dramatically increase your giving impact. Thank you for your support.

Linda and Rudy Slucker NCJW/Essex Center for Women

The nonsectarian Center for Women provides vitally important career programs for women who are entering or re-entering the workforce. Many live in or near poverty and have recently experienced divorce, death of a spouse or partner, or loss of a long-held job. Your support helps to sustain this Essex County lifeline.


NCJW/Essex Tributes are available throughout the year and provide a way to share your sentiments with friends and family while supporting NCJW projects locally and in Israel. Send a tribute in honor of a simcha, to recognize an honor, to celebrate a graduation, to send wishes for a speedy recovery, or in memory of a loved one.

Please allow several days for tributes to be completed and mailed.

NCJW/Essex Tributes can be purchased online in varying denominations and in varying quantities. If you prefer,  you can call 973.740.0588 to purchase any Tribute by phone.

Choose from the following:

TributeSinglePack of 3Pack of 6Pack of 12
Blue*$5 $25$50
Diamond 36$36   
Diamond 50$50   
Diamond 100$100   
Back2School Store$36 $100  

*Blue Tributes can be designated to support NCJW/Essex or the Linda and Rudy Slucker NCJW/Essex Center for Women.

**Silver and Gold Tributes can be designated to support NCJW/Essex or the Legacy for the Future Endowment Fund.

Back 2 School Store Tributes

Want to earmark your donation for the NCJW/Essex Back 2 School Store? Make a donation in honor of someone or in memory of a loved one and it will be formally acknowledged with a beautiful Back 2 School Store Tribute Card to the recipient of your choice. A Back 2 School Store Tribute is a minimum of $36.

Please allow several days for tributes to be completed and mailed.

Pack The Pantry

According to Feeding America, with rising unemployment and increasing food prices, the Covid-19 pandemic has severely impacted many individuals’ already fragile ability to put food on the table. We know that many of our Center for Women clients have had to use all of their resources to pay rent, choosing hunger over homelessness. The Center for Women clients are the beneficiaries of Pack the Pantry.

At this time, while clients continue to receive services remotely, we are looking for other ways to address this need. Pack the Pantry is joining with other NCJW/Essex committees and community partners to collect grocery store gift cards that allow our clients to provide for their families with dignity. 

Become a Member of NCJW/Essex, or give the gift of Membership

Join NCJW/Essex today and experience all that membership has to offer by clicking the “Give Gift” button below. You can also share the NCJW/Essex experience with a friend or family member by giving the gift of membership. Click here or call 973.740.0588 to gift NCJW/Essex membership to someone special in your life!

Matching Gifts

NCJW/Essex accepts matching gifts from any business or corporation. Do you or your spouse’s employer have a matching gift program? If so, you can make your donation to NCJW/Essex go twice as far! All that is usually required is to submit the company’s matching gift form with your donation to NCJW/Essex.

  • To learn more about Matching Gifts, please contact Caitlin Higgins Joy, Executive Director, at 973.740.0588 or email

Chai Circle

Members of the NCJW/Essex Chai Circle enjoy the benefits of NCJW/Essex events and programs throughout the year. Various levels of giving are available.

  • To learn about the specific benefits of each level, please contact Caitlin Higgins Joy, Executive Director, at 973.740.0588 or email


$5,000 to $9,999


$10,000 to $17,999


$18,000 to $35,999


$36,000 and up

The Cathy Fund

Cathy Silverman’s leadership and passion helped create today’s NCJW/Essex – a powerful source of inspiration and help for every woman, child, and family who seeks our services. In her memory, we have created The Cathy Fund… keeping the doors open for all who need NCJW/Essex. This special fund is being created in cooperation with Cathy’s loving family. It will be an ongoing tribute to an incredible woman. Please join us in celebrating Cathy by making a gift to The Cathy Fund. While she is no longer with us, we can help ensure that Cathy’s spirit and vision will live forever.

Legacy for the Future Endowment Fund

The Legacy for the Future Endowment Fund ensures that NCJW/Essex will have the resources to continue and grow. Your support of the Endowment Fund provides a vital and stable backbone for our Section, while giving us the freedom to be innovative and creative. Your commitment demonstrates your pride in our accomplishments, support of volunteerism and community service, and belief in the future of NCJW/Essex. Participation requires a minimum contribution of $10,000, payable over five years. Donations of cash, securities, charitable trusts, and other assets are welcome. Participants are recognized in relevant NCJW/Essex promotional and educational materials. As a donor to Legacy for the Future, you also have the opportunity to establish a Legacy for the Future Tribute Fund in honor or in memory of a named individual. Your friends and family can purchase Tributes directed to your named Tribute Fund.

  • To learn more about starting a Legacy for the Future Endowment Fund, please contact Caitlin Higgins Joy, Executive Director, at 973.740.0588 or email

Wills, Bequests and Planned Giving

Join our Generations Society!  Include NCJW/Essex in your estate plans and be acknowledged today for a commitment to tomorrow!

  • To learn more about leaving an estate gift to NCJW/Essex, please contact Caitlin Higgins Joy, Executive Director, at 973.740.0588 or email
  • To learn more about Planned Giving options, as well as Life Income Options and other types of gifts, please click here.  

In addition, you can support NCJW/Essex through participation in these programs:

A-List for Advocacy

Join the A-List for Advocacy to leverage our strength as America’s largest NCJW Section and to raise awareness among our community about the state and federal issues critical to our membership. Click here to find out more!

Amazon Smile

Support NCJW/Essex at No Cost to You!

Using Amazon Smile can support our mission of empowering women, children and families here in Essex County.  Amazon donates a percentage of purchases to NCJW/Essex at no cost to you.

Here’s how easy it is:

  1. Log in at with your regular Amazon username and password.
  2. Search for “NCJW/Essex” and select National Council of Jewish Women Essex County Section as your charity.
  3. You will see a pop up that says “Yes, I understand that I must always start at to support NCJW/Essex” Check off yes and click Start Shopping
  4. Begin shopping!
  5. Check out the way you always do.
  6. See Amazon’s donation pledge with your purchase confirmation.


Periodically NCJW/Essex sponsors a raffle with fabulous prizes offering you another way of supporting our efforts. Raffle information will published on the website or be sent in the mail when available.

The Butterfly Project

Pay tribute to the special women in your life by making a donation to The Butterfly Project. Purchase a glass name plate and watch the butterfly grow. Click here to find out more!

NCJW/Essex is recognized as an organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent provided by the law.

DAF Direct Donation

DAF Direct – Directly connecting donors to charitable causes.