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Women's Empowerment Challenge

Matching Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofits
and Projects that Foster Opportunities for Jewish Women

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Genesis Prize Foundation and Jewish Funders Network

Deadline Date:

11/16/18

Description:

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Matching grants starting at $25,000 to USA and Canada nonprofits and projects that strengthen women's empowerment in the Jewish community. Priority areas include encouraging girls to choose STEM education and careers and preventing gender-based discrimination and harassment in Jewish community workplaces and communal spaces.

Goals of the Matching Grant Initiative:
- To fund and strengthen organizations and projects which strategically further women’s empowerment in the North American Jewish community
- To initiate systemic change as it relates to advancing women in the Jewish community
- To identify and fund innovative projects and organizations in the field of women’s empowerment
- To use the leverage of matching funds to foster the field of women’s empowerment in the Jewish community and bring both new funders and new funding into the field
- To encourage funders to engage with non-profits on particular projects and take an active role in developing and increasing the impact of those organizations

The field of women’s empowerment is large, and as a result, there are several priority areas that have been identified for funding as part of this matching grant initiative. Programs should seek to:

- Prevent gender-based discrimination, harassment and assault in Jewish community workplaces and communal spaces by giving Jewish institutions the tools they need to prevent such abuses from occurring and guide them effectively should abuse occur. The Jewish community, similar to all workplaces, has witnessed, and dealt with, serious and ongoing issues of sexual harassment and assault. This challenge hopes to support innovative and effective strategies and programs and implement comprehensive standards to help achieve safe, dignified Jewish communal workplaces free from gender bias and misconduct.

- Provide gender-inclusive educational and training programs to Jewish communal organizations, especially to thousands of Jewish teens and young adults. Abusive and discriminatory behavior is learned, not intuitive. By educating and training young girls and boys, and young Jewish adults, behavior can be shaped to encourage healthy and respectful interactions.

- Conduct research on economic issues challenging women working in the Jewish community. Research provides an important foundation on which Jewish organizations can address gender discrimination. An example, supported by virtually all interviewees, is the need for a compensation benchmarking analysis of the Jewish nonprofit sector, focusing on the gender pay gap. According to the Jewish Daily Forward’s December 2017 CEO Salary Survey, women CEOs earn between 60-80% of what their male counterparts earn. A comprehensive study across all positions could lead to systemic change by serving as a catalyst for in-depth internal reviews and subsequent changes by many of the 9,500 Jewish organizations headquartered in the United States, employing more than 75,000 people, 70% of whom are women.

- Provide encouragement and opportunities for Jewish girls and women to become interested – and remain engaged – in STEM education and careers. While there has been an interest in STEM education for girls and women in general (“STEM for All,” an Obama administration initiative), more Jewish girls – including those attending Jewish day schools, after-school programs, and youth groups – can be encouraged to consider STEM careers.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183983

Estimated Size of Grant:

Qualifying gifts ranging from $25,000 to $150,000 will be considered for a 1:1 match, with the flexibility to fund less than 100% of requested funds. The maximum match for a single gift is $150,000; individual gifts greater than $150,000 are eligible to receive a maximum of $150,000 in matching funds.

Term of Contract:

Gifts must be paid in full by March 1, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

For the purpose of this grant, all applications must be submitted and executed through nonprofits with the 501c3 (USA) tax designation or the legal equivalent in the organization’s home country.

Donor Eligibility
- New donors who make a first-time donation of $25,000 or more to the field of women’s empowerment in the Jewish community
- Existing donors who have already contributed to an organization involved in women’s empowerment in the Jewish community and are at least doubling their largest previous donation in the field. (i.e., if an existing donor’s previous gift was $25,000, their gift for this match must be at least $50,000)
- Gift must be program-specific unless the mission of the organization is exclusively related to women’s empowerment in the Jewish community
- Donor can reside anywhere regardless of organization location
- Are or will become JFN members (become a member: http://genesis-prize-womens-empowerment-match.org/jfn-membership/)

Organizational Eligibility
- Operating budget size must be at least $500,000 per year
- Financially stable
- Minimum two-year operating history
- 501c3 status required (fiscal sponsors permitted)
- National organizations with local chapters permitted
- Multiple applications permitted
- Match will be capped at $150,000 per organization
- Length of grant period: 1 year
- Grant Type: Program-specific unless the mission of the organization is exclusively related to women’s empowerment in the Jewish community. Only organizations whose missions specifically reflect the field of women’s empowerment in the Jewish community will be eligible for general operating support grants as part of this initiative.

Project Eligibility
- New, innovative programs
- Existing, on-going programs

Programs should seek to:
- Prevent gender-based discrimination, harassment and assault
- Provide gender-inclusive educational and training programs Conduct research on economic issues challenging women working in the Jewish community
- Provide encouragement and opportunities for Jewish girls and women to become interested – and remain engaged – in STEM education and careers

Pre-proposal Conference:

Information sessions took place in July 2018. To view an information session recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evNHiLj2dgQ&feature=youtu.be

Pre-Application Information:

- June 27, 2018: Matching grant initiative launch/Open call for applications
- November 16, 2018: Deadline for applications
- January 2019: Grant decisions announced

FAQs: http://genesis-prize-womens-empowerment-match.org/faqs/

Guidelines: http://genesis-prize-womens-empowerment-match.org/goals-and-guidelines/

Timeline: http://genesis-prize-womens-empowerment-match.org/timeline/

How to apply: http://genesis-prize-womens-empowerment-match.org/how-to-apply/

Contact Information:

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

Melissa Rosen, JFN Senior Manager
212.726.0177, ext. 216
melissa@jfunders.org

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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

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon