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Hadassah Foundation Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Promote the Empowerment
and Wellbeing of Jewish Women and Girls

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Foundation / Corporation

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Hadassah Foundation

Deadline Date:

02/05/18 11:59 AM (NY EDT)


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to promote the healthy development and leadership potential of Jewish women and girls (ages 12-30). The purpose of this program is to economically empower Jewish women throughout the United States. The Foundation invites proposals for gender-sensitive and social change-oriented projects, training programs, and curricula.

Mission Statement:

The Hadassah Foundation is an investor in social change for girls and women by supporting projects in the United States and Israel. Its mission is to improve the status, health, and well-being of women and girls; bring their contributions, issues and needs from the margins to the center of Jewish concern; and encourage and facilitate their active participation in decision-making and leadership in all spheres of life.

Leadership Development for Adolescent Girls and Young Women, Ages 12-30, in the United States.

The Foundation welcomes proposals:
-For gender-sensitive, social change projects that develop the leadership skills and capabilities of adolescent girls and young women in the Jewish community. Both new and existing programs will be considered for funding.
-To create or expand gender-sensitive curricula and training programs that foster the leadership skills and capabilities of Jewish girls and young women; preference will be given to those organizations that have the capacity to provide training using this material on a regional or national basis.

All prospective grantees are required to: a) identify the specific leadership skills and capabilities their programs aim to develop and b) describe their metrics for measuring progress.

Social Change:

Social change philanthropy focuses on the root causes of problems, working to improve the conditions that lead to inequality. This approach is unlike traditional charity, which often seeks to ameliorate only the symptoms of societal problems—for example, by providing medicine and treatment for the sick, funds for the poor, or shelters for the homeless and battered.

The Hadassah Foundation seeks to promote change by addressing the underlying obstacles that impede the full participation of women and girls in society and by helping women and girls gain the tools they need to help themselves. As part of this mission, the Foundation encourages the active participation of women and girls in the governance of organizations that it supports.

Gender-Sensitive Programs:

Gender-sensitive programs build on the needs, strengths, perspectives, and experiences of women and girls. They recognize that the needs of females may differ from those of males, and pay deliberate attention to gender as an important component of diversity when creating, implementing, and evaluating programs. Gender-sensitive programs demonstrate an understanding of—and ability to meet—girls’ and women’s needs. Gender-sensitive programs can occur in both gender-specific (girls/women only) and coeducational environments.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 125230

Estimated Size of Grant:

One-year grants are up to $40,000.

Multi-year grants are up to $25,000 per year for three years.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

The Foundation will provide a limited number of one-year grants, and, at its discretion, one multi-year grant for three years.

For the one multi-year grant, preference will be given to organizations piloting a new program or curriculum, or substantially updating/enhancing an existing one.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants—or their fiscal sponsors—must be tax exempt under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and be based in the United States.

Organizations may apply independently or in collaboration.

The Hadassah Foundation will NOT fund:
-Capital campaigns
-Partisan political activities
-Direct service (e.g., treatment programs)
-Local implementation of existing national programs

Pre-Application Information:

The Hadassah Foundation accepts grant applications twice a year. Every June/early summer, the Foundation issues an RFP for Israeli organizations seeking to promote the economic empowerment of women in that country, and in December/January, the Foundation issues an RFP for organizations based in the United States that are working to support the leadership potential and healthy development of Jewish girls and young women ages 12-30 in the United States.

Applications for the upcoming cycle must be received by email no later than 11:59 AM (NY EDT) Monday, February 5, 2018.

Applicants will be notified by late June 2018.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

The Women's Zionist Organization of America
50 West 58th Street
New York, NY 10019

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming