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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:
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.
Questions should be directed to JWFNY Associate Director Stephanie Blumenkranz at [email protected] or (212) 836-1495.
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