Each year, contributions from hundreds of donors enable the Jewish Community Foundation to award grants to a variety of organizations making a difference in Greater Phoenix and in Israel.
Grant recipients include a diverse group of organizations and programs dedicated to providing invaluable services to the Jewish community and others in need.
Since 2002, the Jewish Community Foundation distributed more than $55,000,000 in grants to Jewish and non-Jewish organizations — locally, nationally, and internationally.
Through the Foundation’s competitive grantmaking programs – the Fund for Jewish Philanthropy and the Jewish Women’s Endowment Fund – we play a crucial role in the community, providing grants for programs and services that may not come to fruition without our support.
The Jewish Community Foundation’s Competitive Grants
The Foundation’s primary focus is supporting those organizations and programs serving the Greater Phoenix Jewish community, including (but not limited to) community centers, religious and educational institutions, and social service providers. Grants are also made to organizations benefiting Israel and other Jewish communities nationally and abroad. Learn more about competitive grants awarded in recent JCF grant cycles.
The Jewish Community Foundation will consider local letters of intent in the following categories:
New programs – designed to address unmet needs in the Jewish community. Preference will be given to innovative programs that offer a unique approach to enhancing the Jewish community.
One-time endeavors – offer the Jewish community both immediate benefits and the potential for long-term enrichment (e.g. seminars, community-wide events, informational exhibits).
Program Expansion – from well-established programs will be considered if the request reflects a significant new component to the project.
Capacity building – defined as improving the overall performance, effectiveness, and financial sustainability of local Jewish organizations.
Typical Grant Range
The Foundation does not have established minimum and maximum grant amounts. However, typical grants range from $5,000 to $20,000. Although grants above $20,000 are awarded, larger allocations are generally reserved for programs that will become an ongoing part of an organization’s work. Requests of $25,000 or more require permission from the Foundation prior to your organization submitting a Letter of Intent.
The Foundation’s Funding Priorities
The JCF encourages collaboration between local Jewish agencies and prioritizes funds for the following:
- Research projects that improve the quality of Jewish life.
- Jewish Education.
- Social service needs, including (but not limited to) health, welfare, and education.
- Resettlement aid and assistance services to Jewish refugees in Greater Phoenix or Israel.
- Interfaith responses to community needs/issues designed to strengthen community relations and foster collaboration.
- Training opportunities in the fields of health, education, science, humanitarian aid, culture and community relations that would have demonstrable value for the Jewish community.
- Strengthening and increasing exposure to Jewish culture.
Given the high demand for limited dollars, we are not able to consider requests for the following:
- Organizations that are not recognized as registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit entities.
- International organizations that are not in good standing with a US-based 501(c)(3) fiscal agent.
- Multi-year grant requests.
- General operating support.
- Contributions to fundraising campaigns.
- Equipment purchase to replace or upgrade equipment for an existing program.
- Donor, staff or volunteer recognition events.
- Capital expenditures, unless integral to the new program.
The Foundation also does not:
- Provide grants to individuals.
- Fund projects in their entirety.
- Accept proposals from organizations that do not follow our application procedures.
- Provide renewed support to past grantees that have not met our reporting requirements.
- Accept more than one letter of intent at a time from a single organization. Organizations can also serve as the fiscal agent for other organizations, and that does not impact the proposal that an organization may submit on their own behalf.
Mission: To improve the lives of vulnerable families and individuals in Israel by supporting programs that provide them with the tools needed to become self-reliant and break the cycle of poverty. Examples of eligible programs include vocational training, financial literacy and life skills. Programs exclusively targeting individuals with special needs, and those serving children birth through age six are not eligible. Programs must be either a new program, a one-time endeavor, or a program expansion, if the expansion is a significant new component to a well-established program (see above section JCF will consider local letters of intent in the following categories).
The Jewish Community Foundation will ONLY accept proposals from Israeli organizations:
- That Foundation staff, Jewish communal colleagues, board or grants committee members have volunteered with, visited, or have first-hand knowledge of OR that prior grant recipients have satisfactorily fulfilled reporting requirements;
- That have received certified proper management (“nihul takin”) from the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profit Organizations; and
- That are in good standing with a US-based 501(c)(3) charitable organization (PEF-Israel Endowment Funds, New Israel Fund, Jewish Federations of North America, “American Friends of,” etc.) that will serve as the fiscal agent.
If you are uncertain about your eligibility, please contact Sheryl Quen at firstname.lastname@example.org.