The Foundation's core programs include arts and culture; the environment; health; interprogram initiatives for social and economic justice; and the Jewish life and values/contemplative practice programs.
The Foundation seeks to work with partners in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. We make efforts to document the outcomes of our projects and share with others the results of our work and the work of our grantees.
Several basic themes run through all of these programs and inform the Foundation's approach to grantmaking:
- concern for the poor, disadvantaged, and underserved;
- respect for diversity;
- promotion of understanding across cultures; and
- empowerment of communities in need.
Areas and Projects Not Funded by the Foundation:
- Capital or Endowment Campaigns
- Foreign-Based Organizations
- Specific Diseases
- Local Synagogues or institutions with local projects
- Holocaust related projects
- Projects with no plans for replication
- General support for Jewish education
Most grants are approved during two board meetings, in the spring and fall. All grant inquiries are acknowledged promptly.
If an applicant's Letter of Inquiry is chosen for further action, they will be notified and will enter into a dialogue concerning their project with the appropriate member of the Foundation's staff. In the course of this dialogue, the organization may be invited to submit a Grant Application.