GrantsJewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta utilizes strategic grant-making to expand opportunities in the lives of Jewish women and girls. Our grants provide sustainable benefits to those we serve and empower Jewish women and girls to be leaders, philanthropists, and decision makers. Each year, JWFA accepts proposals from potential Grantee Partners and makes allocations according to a group decision-making process. Unlike other organizations where a small committee determines funding allocations, Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta prides itself in maintaining a “one woman, one vote” policy, whereby each Trustee has an equal opportunity to participate in the grant-making decisions.
2017 Grantee Partners
- Securing the Rights of Single Mothers, Association for Civil Rights in Israel – ACRI will work to advance the rights of mothers in the welfare system by anchoring guidelines for custody hearings in legislation, institutionalizing a fair due process, regulating the powers of authorities in such hearings, and raising awareness about the issues mothers face when confronting the welfare system.
- Task Force on Human Trafficking and Prostitution, ATZUM – Justice Works – TFHT aims to eradicate human trafficking into and within Israel by promoting the passage of new legislation to criminalize the purchase of sexual services and protect the prostituted person.
- Harnessing the Power of the Masses to Advance Civil Action to Safeguard Women’s Rights, Center for Women’s Justice – CWJ will mobilize Israel’s legal community and grassroots activists in support of its trailblazing litigation and legal actions to effect systemic responses to get abuse and other infractions on women’s rights and freedoms.
- Tikkun Olam: Repairing Our Relationship with Food, Body and Ourselves, Eating Disorders Information Network – EDIN will address the problem of eating disorders in the Jewish community by creating and implementing a specialized curriculum that empowers women and girls to develop their sense of worth and value apart from their body shape and size.
- Pilot Entrepreneurship Program for Religious Women, Jerusalem College of Technology – JCT is piloting an Entrepreneurship Program that will engage religious women in business classes, creative thinking workshops, coding events, mentoring, and hackathons, thereby increasing their earning potential and business acumen.
- Alma Community Center for Young Women’s Leadership, Jewish Agency for Israel – This brand new Jerusalem center will provide tools and support to at-risk teenage girls to enable them to find their own voice, set their own goals, and build a future of commitment, action, investment, and perseverance.
- Change the Culture: Sexual Assault & Dating Abuse Prevention and Education at Emory University, Jewish Women International – Change the Culture is an innovative, multi-faceted, co-ed program that promotes the safety of students through an exploration of campus culture, sexual assault, and dating abuse. By partnering with Hillel, ZBT, and SDT, the program seeks to change attitudes, support survivors, and engage men as allies.
- Addressing the Needs of Mothers and Women at Work, Jewish Women’s Funding Network – This is a collaborative grant with funding from Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta, in addition to 14 other Jewish women’s foundations from around the U.S. and Israel. The program supports collaborative and effective efforts for women’s rights and gender equality in Israel with a focus on labor rights.
- jGirls Magazine, jGirls Magazine – jGirls is an online magazine written by and for self-identifying Jewish teenage girls across all affiliations. jGirls users are empowered with leadership skills, self-esteem, sense of identity, and engagement and status within the Jewish community, while building a pipeline to a future cohort of bold, committed Jewish female leaders.
- Cracking the Glass Ceiling, Kol Israel Haverim – Through participation in this five-year program, low-income junior high and high school girls receive the tools they need to expand their opportunities in STEM fields. The program utilizes role modeling, empowerment workshops, and training in partnership with high-tech and bio-tech companies throughout Israel.
- Latet Atid, Latet Atid – Latet Atid supports economic empowerment and independence for women from diverse sectors of Israeli society so that they can transform their lives and break the cycle of poverty by establishing micro-businesses. The program provides low-income women with a comprehensive set of tools to advance their business plans, including high-level mentoring and micro-loans.
- Care Leavers Project, Makkom – Makkom brings together law students and women who have aged out of Israel’s foster care system (“care leavers”) to write and promote legislation concerning foster care and to promote leadership, self-empowerment, and social responsibility.
- Early Development of Gender Equity Program, SOJOURN – This pilot program will work with kindergarten and first grade students, teachers, and parents throughout Atlanta’s Jewish community to break down gender stereotypes and allow children to reach their highest potential while eliminating gender inequity.
- FOCUS (Finding Occupations, Careers, Universities, Success) Program, Temima, The Richard and Jean Katz High School for Girls – Temima FOCUS provides Jewish high school girls with guidance in choosing post-secondary options suited to their individualized interests, skills, values, and abilities through workshops, speakers, testing, and college counseling.
- Respect My Red/iClub, The Felicia Penzell Weber Jewish Community High School – This pilot program will prevent sexual assault, harassment, and abuse among students by helping adolescents understand healthy relationships and address disrespectful behaviors within their peer groups.
- Sharsheret, The Society for Advancement of Education – Sharsheret works with both younger and older high school girls in Israel, vis-à-vis a mentoring framework, to strengthen their sense of self, advance their emotional well-being, and build their leadership skills.
- The Gender Index, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute: Center for Advancement of Women in the Public Sphere – The Gender Index is an innovative monitoring and tracking tool that tracks the trajectory of gender inequality over time in a wide range of domains. It targets decision-makers and policy-shapers and is designed to provide detailed and extensive data on the state of women in Israeli society to inform policy decisions.
- College for Women in Politics, WePower – WePower addresses the disproportionate distribution of political power in Israel by helping women access the skills and knowledge they need to run and be elected in council or mayoral positions. Increasing the number of women in high level decision-making positions throughout the country impacts gender equality at all levels of Israeli society.
- Breaking the Bind, Women’s Spirit Financial Independence for Women Victims of Violence – Breaking the Bind advocates change in fundamental Israeli policies and laws that undermine, destabilize, and weaken women’s financial security and personal safety, especially survivors of violence. It sheds light on the invisible violence women suffer after they are no longer considered victims, as well as the pain and setbacks caused by systemic injustice and outdated laws.
- Leadership Development Curriculum, Yeshivat Maharat – Yeshivat Maharat, the first yeshiva to ordain women as Orthodox clergy, uses a two-pronged approach to leadership development, first grounding students in the theory of leadership and then giving them opportunities to apply leadership skills to the types of challenges they will encounter as future community leaders.
Past Grantee Partners
- Ehete Center: Resource Incubator for Economic Initiatives by Ethiopian Women, a partnership of Achoti and the New Israel Fund – The Ehete Center is a cooperative for low-income Ethiopian-Israeli Jewish women to sell traditional crafts and improve their financial literacy with a goal of fostering economic independence.
- Securing Israel’s Future Through Employment, ITWorks – IT Works increases the employability of low-income and unemployed Ethiopian-Israeli Jewish women by imparting finance training, soft skills workshops, and job search support.
- Interest-Free Loans for Secondary Education, Jewish Educational Loan Fund – Provides Jewish women in Atlanta with last-dollar loans to attain the degree they need to be successful in life.
- Shalom Bayit Teen Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative, Jewish Family & Career Services – Increases awareness of teen dating violence in the Jewish community and empowers young women and girls in Atlanta to make healthy relationship choices.
- Women in Crisis Fund, Jewish Interest Free Loan of Atlanta – Prevents Atlanta’s Jewish single women in temporary financial crisis from losing their independence and gives them the capacity to fulfill their potential by providing loans and budgeting skills.
- Resetting Jewish Women’s Body & Self-Images, Limmud Atlanta + Southeast – Explores historical, cultural, and psychological challenges facing modern Jewish women and girls as they develop a healthy and realistic body image, through a series of facilitated, intergenerational, cross-denominational, and mixed-gender discussions.
- Financial Empowerment Program for Haredi Girls and Young Women, Mesila International, Inc. – Mesila integrates specially-developed curricula in junior high schools, high schools, and religious women’s colleges, educating students with knowledge and skills to take responsibility for their financial future.
- Agunah Prevention Initiative in Atlanta, The Organization for the Resolution of Agunot, Inc. – ORA informs students, community members, and rabbis about the plight of agunot, reframes get-refusal as a form of domestic abuse, and seeks to establish the signing of the Jewish prenuptial agreement for the prevention of get-refusal as a community-wide standard.
- Project Talya, The Society for Advancement of Education – Project Talya is an intensive 5-year course of study that operates in partnership with the Jerusalem College of Technology. Participants are highly capable intellectually and academically and earn both a high school diploma and a B.S. in Computer Science by age 19.
- Girls Lead:A Theater-Making Workshop, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum – Provides Jewish girls in the metro Atlanta area with tools to become authentic, assertive, and self-aware leaders.
- Supporting and Empowering Adolescent Girls at Risk, Orr Shalom – Provides adolescent girls who have suffered extreme abuse, violence, and neglect with a safe and loving home in order to help them recover from their traumas and fulfill their personal potential.
- Women’s Courtyard promotes social justice, equal opportunity, and the right of every woman and girl to achieve self-fulfillment in accordance with her will.
Organizations We Fund
We accept grant proposals from programs and organizations which create social change for Jewish women and girls, domestically and internationally. Organizations outside of the United States may submit an LOI (Letter of Inquiry) only by invitation. Organizations may request specific program support or general operating support from our Atlanta women’s fund. JWFA seeks to fund projects that place an emphasis on sustainability, leveraged funding, and partnerships. Please note: the 2018 Request for Proposals will be released in Fall 2017. At this time, we are not currently accepting requests for funding.
Grants are made only to tax-exempt organizations that qualify under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Grants are not made to individuals. JWFA is unable to support all eligible projects. Please take the time to review the guidelines thoroughly to determine if your organization, program, initiative, or project meets our criteria.
Grant Guidelines and Considerations*
- JWFA funds with a “Jewish lens” and a “gender lens.” We are interested in projects that recognize which Jewish women and girls have unique needs because of their gender and their religious and cultural heritage.
- JWFA is committed to improving the overall status of Jewish women and girls and funds projects that promote social change by addressing at least one of the indicators described below:
- Shifting definitions and reframing issues : An issue is defined differently in the community or larger society as a result of your work.
- Shifting individual and community behavior : People are behaving differently in the community or larger society as a result of your work.
- Shifting critical mass and engagement : People in the community or larger society are more engaged as a result of your work.
- Shifting institutions, systems, and policies : An institutional, organizational, or legislative policy or practice has changed as a result of your work.
- Maintaining earlier progress : As a result of your work, past gains have been maintained, generally in the face of opposition.
- JWFA considers your organization’s overall support of Jewish women and girls, as well as the specific project or program for which you are seeking a Jewish grant. This includes the extent to which Jewish women and girls are included among your leadership and in key staff positions.
- In order to promote sustainability, after three years of consecutive funding from JWFA, projects will be required to take one year off before re-applying for funding. This does not preclude the organization from applying for funding for a different project, provided it meets the JWFA mission, core values, and grant guidelines.
|2017 Grant Cycle Timeline*|
|Fall 2016||JWFA will issue invitations to select international organizations.|
|December 31, 2016||Letters of Inquiry are due from domestic organizations and pre-selected international organizations.|
|Late January 2017||Selected organizations will be invited to submit a full proposal.|
|February 28, 2017||All proposals due by noon (Eastern Time).|
|April 2017||Site visits/interviews will be conducted with finalists.|
|Mid-May 2017||Grant awards announced.|
|*Please note: Specific grant guidelines and deadlines will vary from year to year. Please review the most recent Request for Proposals for full details.|
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Forms and Applications
Other Helpful Resources
- “Accelerating Change for Women and Girls: The Role of Women’s Funds” (2009): To understand the increased inclusion of women within philanthropy, the Foundation Center partnered with Women’s Funding Network to chart the current landscape of philanthropy, focused on women and girls, and to document the role of women’s funds and foundations.
- “Gender Lens Investing”: An article by Tuti Scott of Imagine Philanthropy about the power and importance of creating social change by investing in women.
- “Grantmaking with a Gender Lens” from org: In this guide, grantmakers and grantees describe the experience of using a “gender lens” in their work. They explain what gender analysis is and isn’t — and why it can help shape more effective programs and organizations. The guide also takes a closer look at how gender analysis has led to new thinking in fields as diverse as public health, international development, juvenile justice, and youth services. The guide offers additional insights and special advice on issues ranging from “What about Men and Boys” to “Uncovering Gender Assumptions.”
- “The Status of Women in the States” (2015): This report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research provides critical data to identify areas of progress for women in states across the nation and to pinpoint where additional improvements are still needed. It presents hundreds of data points for each state across seven areas that affect women’s lives: political participation, employment and earnings, work and family, poverty and opportunity, reproductive rights, health and well-being, and violence and safety.
- “Engaging Female Donors: Learning from Jewish Women’s Foundations” from eJewishPhilanthropy.com: This 2012 article, written by two former Executive Directors of other Jewish women’s funds, highlights the movement and its collaborative nature.
- “Women’s Philanthropy – Change Is in the Air” 2014 from ejewishphilanthropy.com: Phyllis Teicher Goldman and Nancy Schwartz Sternoff describe the shift in Jewish women’s funds philosophy.