Become a Part of the de Gunzburg Society


de Gunzburg Society

Named in memory of one of the founding families of ORT, the de Gunzburg Society was established to honor supporters who have generously provided gifts to ORT America through a planned gift, or who have formally declared their intention to leave a bequest to ORT America.

Becoming a Part of the de Gunzburg Society

Becoming a part of the de Gunzburg Society is quite simple. Just notify us of your intention to include ORT in your estate plans by completing a de Gunzburg Enrollment Form and you will automatically be included in this prestigious group.

Planned gifts create opportunities for both our donors and ORT America. A planned gift allows you to ensure that future generations of ORT students have the best possible educational opportunities, and offers important tax benefits.

How to become a member of the de Gunzburg Society:

  • Include a bequest to ORT America in your will or living trust
  • Name ORT America as a beneficiary to receive assets such as retirement plans and life insurance policies after you’re gone
  • Create a Charitable Gift Annuity or a Charitable Remainder Trust with ORT America

Verified planned gifts of $50,000 or more are further recognized with membership in the de Gunzburg Heritage Club.

To notify us of your intentions, and for more information about planned giving opportunities, please contact:

Allison Halpern 
Director of Operations, ORT America
212-547-9124  | 

Michele Chaikin
Development Manager, Legacy and Major Gifts
212-547-9152  |


“ I have included ORT in my estate plan in order to ensure that ORT programs are able to continue well beyond my lifetime. Supporting ORT has given me tremendous joy and satisfaction. Knowing I will leave a legacy gives me peace of mind.”

—Shelly Dreifuss, Chicago, IL 
Member, de Gunzburg Society