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Posted November 15, 2017.
The Jewish Women's Foundation of New York (JWFNY) imagines a world in which all women and girls are ensured a healthy and supportive environment - a world in which we all have equal opportunity for economic, religious, social and political achievement.
JWFNY works to make this world a reality by providing education on vital issues, funding innovative programs, engaging in advocacy efforts, and encouraging our donors to view all philanthropic efforts through a gender lens.
For the 2018 grant cycle, JWFNY will offer unrestricted support (including capacity building and general operating support) and program support. Unrestricted support is designated for organizations that are inpired by Jewish values, utilize a gender lens in all aspects of their work, aim to create social change, and promote leadership advancement of women and girls. Grants are also awarded for new or existing programs that meet these criteria. Applicants are invited to apply for two year grants for up to $80,000 paid over two years. Please see the below information regarding grant focus and eligibility:
JWFNY utilizes a gender lens in all of our activities and encourages organizations that we partner with to do the same. Using a gender lens examines how people experience a situation differently depending on their gender identity. It also includes looking at outcomes by gender and using this information to refine an approach to more effectively respond to gender needs. For more information on using a gender lens, read US Trust’s guide: Giving through a Gender Lens.
We are interested in how your program influences and brings about “shifts” in social change. Specifically, we would like to know how the program is: changing how an issue is defined, changing individuals’ behaviors, increasing community engagement, changing policies and systems, and/or maintaining past gains. JWFNY only funds direct services if the program transforms individuals’ behaviors for the long term and has an impact on the larger community. For more information on social change programming, see Clohesy Consulting’s social change diagram: A System of Social Change: Six Shifts and What They Mean.
Our Focus: Leadership Advancement
We define leadership advancement as promoting new leaders and furthering opportunities for existing leaders among women and girls. We are interested in partnering with organizations that are inspired by Jewish values, and promote gender diversity in leadership and women’s involvement in areas in which they are underrepresented (e.g.: political, social, cultural, and religious realms). Leadership training that builds women’s capacity to hold positions of power can be included as part of this work, but we are not looking for programs that exclusively provide leadership training. We aim to build a movement where people of all genders work toward women’s and girls’ equality and leadership. JWFNY will consider organizations and programs that work toward the following for women and girls:
- There is increased access and opportunity to positions of leadership, entrepreneurship, and decision-making
- They have overcome barriers and demonstrated the ability to exert the power necessary to operate with autonomy and independence
- Women and men in power move society forward by improving the status of women and girls
- Employers and managers have the tools needed and are held accountable for advocating for diverse leadership and creating an inclusive culture where people of all genders excel
- Gender norms are challenged and appropriately addressed in programming
- There is equal representation in positions of power and authority
- Assumptions, stereotypes, and structural barriers to leadership have been overcome
- There are an ample number of women and girls who serve as role models and advocates who offer encouragement and inspiration to aspiring leaders
- All members of the community see leadership roles as equally accessible regardless of gender
- There is greater equality in all realms of life including in homes, schools, workplaces, and communities at large
- Your organization must be a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
- The organization/program must be directed toward women in the Jewish community.
- Your organization conducts programs in New York. Organizations with a national focus may also apply, as long as a portion of the programming is focused in New York.
- Your organization has at least one full-time staff member.
- Your organization has not received a New York Metropolitan Grant in the past three years (2015, 2016 or 2017). Organizations that received a grant in 2016 are invited to apply for a Renewal Grant.
- Your organization must provide a minimum of four (4) weeks of paid parental leave at full-salary for new mothers and fathers, which can be linked to minimum tenure of two (2) years. This does not include accrued vacation or sick days; however, employees can apply short-term disability insurance to cover a percentage of salary. The organization is also encouraged, but not required, to have a paid family leave policy that enables employees to take paid-time off from work to care for a sick family member.
If your organization does not have a paid parental leave policy and is considering establishing one, read JWFNY’s Resources for Employers Considering a Paid Parental Leave Policy.
The Foundation will NOT provide grants solely for scholarships and does not fund capital campaigns.
Deadline to Submit a Concept Letter
All concept letters must be submitted online no later than noon on Monday, December 11, 2017.
- December 11, 2017: Concept letters are due.
- Late January 2018: Organizations invited to submit grant proposals will receive written instructions regarding further requirements.
- May 2017: JWFNY will notify all applicants in writing of its decisions. Funding for selected organizations is expected to begin July 1, 2018 and run through June 30, 2020.
Questions should be directed to JWFNY Associate Director Stephanie Blumenkranz at [email protected] or (212) 836-1495.
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