Planned Giving
build your

  • Support the causes you care about
  • Create a legacy to be remembered by future generations
  • Take advantage of numerous tax and financial benefits
  • Donor Advised Fund
  • IRA Charitable Rollover
  • Charitable Bequests
  • Legacy Circle
  • Text Resize
    Print This
    Email This
    Request Illustration
    Download Brochure

    Moe England

    Moe England

    Moe England opened three designated funds at Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation in 2014. With his daughter Elizabeth, he gives annual gifts to the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires and supports scholarships to the Berkshire Music School. Moe and his wife Elise also have a fund for religious education at his synagogue, Temple Anshe Amunim. A successful businessman whose family was among the first to settle in Pittsfield, Moe looks for ways to support his cherished institutions with steady annual income. He shares his story below in his own words.

    "My grandfather was one of three brothers that started England Brothers, the department store. After college, my father was involved with a lot of various businesses. He ended up in the liquor business-beer, wine and liquor wholesale. I got involved and did that for about 40 years. If I can immodestly say, we probably started this craft brew trend.

    "After traveling pretty much all over the country and a lot of the world for the beer business, when we got to retirement—where else? And it's pretty much why we stay here. The Berkshires are a very unique place.

    "I've been involved on the boards of different parts of the cultural community: Berkshire Theatre Festival, the Shaker Village, Berkshire Music School, Shakespeare & Company. At the same time, I've seen Berkshire Taconic gain stature and reputation. They look out for the community.

    "So I've been trying to think: how else do you leave an estate? With a bank? The banks change. With a lawyer or an accountant? They die. Berkshire Taconic is one heck of a good operation—to my way of thinking—for what I'm using it for. I feel sufficiently secure they will be here for 100 years and my estate will go for what I want it go for.

    "I had been discussing with my brother the Hebrew phrase 'tikkun olam,' or repairing the world—and that's it. That's what I'm trying to do."

    Editor's Note: This archival interview celebrates the generosity of Moe England, who died in 2021. We are grateful for his friendship.

    Print This
    Email This
    Request Illustration
    Download Brochure
  • Doris Walker
    Doris Walker
    Nature. Companionship. Service. Inspiration came in many forms for the late Doris Walker.
  • Francoise Kelz
    Francoise Kelz
    Francoise Kelz's Uncle Charlie was a waiter at the 21 Club, the famous New York City restaurant and lounge, for decades. With no children of his own, Charlie left Francoise his estate when he died.
  • Jim and Donna Neureuther
    Jim and Donna Neureuther
    One of the perks of small-town life is the tight-knit sense of community that manifests in gestures of kindness.
  • Janet Langlois
    Janet Langlois
    Janet Langlois was worried about her contractor. In the years Dave Cavagnaro had spent restoring the historic North Chatham home Jan shared with her husband, George Vollmuth, he and Jan...
  • Moe England
    Moe England
    Moe England opened three designated funds at Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation in 2014. With his daughter Elizabeth, he gives...
  • Ralph Fedele
    Ralph Fedele
    Ralph Fedele opened a legacy fund at Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation to ensure that the Irondale Schoolhouse-now enjoying a...
  • Tom Auge
    Tom Auge
    Growing up in Pittsfield, his home was always filled with relatives such as his elderly aunt May. After the death of her husband, May was...