Who We Are

Over 130 dynamic Jewish women are Trustees of Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta (JWFA). Trustees join JWFA with varied backgrounds and experience, brought together by their shared commitment to collaborative grant-making in a world where women can grow, learn, and experience equality. Trustees for this Atlanta women’s fund operate as a giving circle and have the unique opportunity to become empowered as funders by taking a hands-on approach to Atlanta philanthropy.

Thanks to the visionary leadership of our co-founders, Carol Cooper, Sara Franco, and Ilene Engel, as well as the support of Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, JWFA gives Atlanta’s Jewish women greater influence and increased impact by pooling their philanthropic resources for Jewish grants.

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Why Join?

Would you like to be more involved in deciding where your money goes and following the impact of grants for Jewish Women and girls? As a JWFA Trustee, you will.

We strongly believe in our “one woman, one vote” model, which values all Trustees equally, regardless of each woman’s individual investment in JWFA.

When you join Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta, you make a lasting investment in shaping the lives of Jewish women and girls. Women join JWFA with varied backgrounds and experiences, yet each woman shares a strong desire to help women grow, learn, and experience equality. Our diverse membership of talented, intelligent, and motivated women make a difference in the lives of Jewish women and girls in Atlanta and around the world.

Trustee Participation

As a Trustee, you can choose to participate as much or as little as you want. All Trustees are invited to join any committee and to attend all meetings and events. While some Trustees take an active role in JWFA decision-making, others trust the communal wisdom of the group. And most fall somewhere in-between! All Trustees are welcome and valued.

JWFA committees include: Grants, Membership, Governance, Finance, Development, and Education/Advocacy.

How to Join

Jewish women in Atlanta, who are wishing to participate in JWFA, agree to make a gift of at least $3,000 per year for three years, totaling at least $9,000. For women under age 45, the minimum commitment is at least $1,000 per year for three years, totaling at least $3,000. Additional donations or tributes are welcome at any time and increase the capacity of JWFA to make Jewish grants. The generous contributions of all JWFA Trustees are pooled into a philanthropic Donor-Advised Fund.

You can fund your membership with cash or appreciated securities, or by recommendation of grants from philanthropic (donor-advised) funds or family funds. Membership is effective immediately upon receipt of first payment (a minimum of $3,000 for women 45 and over; minimum of $1,000 for women under 45).

For more information about Atlanta philanthropy and becoming a JWFA Trustee, please contact Rachel Wasserman, JWFA Executive Director, at rwasserman@jwfatlanta.org   or 678-222-3716.

You may also download a Trustee Agreement here.

Jewish Women’s Funding Network

While Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta is the only Atlanta women’s fund of its kind, we are an active member of the Jewish Women’s Funding Network. The network is a collaboration of 25 similar organizations engaging in social change fundraising and grant-making. By working together and sharing best practices, we strengthen our efforts, providing even more opportunities for Jewish women and girls than we can on our own. Collectively, the network has awarded more than $33 million in grants and holds more than $40.5 million in assets. Jewish women’s funds in the network are spread throughout the United States, with common values, methodologies, and goals.

 JWFA Trustees collaborate on successful grants for Jewish women and girls.