Jewish Community Fund (JCF) FY22-24 US Agencies
The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia has long been guided by our mission of mobilizing financial and volunteer resources to address the communities’ most critical priorities locally, in Israel and around the world. We take care of vulnerable people who need help, engage informed and compassionate communities in repairing the world and energize Jewish life and Jewish learning. To advance this mission, Jewish Federation works closely with partner organizations who share our values and offer programs that sustain members of our communities, strengthen connections to Jewish life, and promote a universal responsibility for Jews both in Israel and across the globe. Jewish Federation’s focus for this time period centers around the following broad themes:
All of Israel are responsible for one another (Talmud, Shevuot 39a).
Serving Vulnerable Populations: As Jews, we are required to care for others in our community, in Israel and around the world, ensuring food security, safe housing, financial independence, and appropriate support for aging with dignity.
Teach a child according to their way, when they are old, they will not depart (Proverbs, 22:6).
Shaping our Jewish Future: As a community, we are responsible for providing immersive educational and experiential opportunities that create deep and long-lasting connections to Judaism and the Jewish people and inspire the next generation of leaders.
To be a free nation in our land, the land of Zion, Jerusalem (Hatikvah).
Connecting with Israel: As Zionists, we believe in the centrality of Israel and work tirelessly to create deep connections to the land, ensuring her safety, security, prosperity and existence as a homeland for all Jews.
Specifically, in this granting period we are seeking to fund programs in the Greater Philadelphia area that will:
Serve Vulnerable Populations
- Promote self-sufficiency, food security, housing stability and independence in Jewish individuals;
- Support and enhance the communal social service system.
- Allow Jewish adults to age with dignity with home delivered meals, home repair, socialization, transportation, care management and access to continued learning opportunities.
- Reduce hunger among low-income Jewish adults through emergency food distribution.
- Create pathways for low-income Jewish adults to access public benefits and work supports to promote independence.
Shape the Jewish Future
- Promote and increase formal and informal Jewish educational opportunities for children and teenagers; including but not limited to day school education, Jewish camping and other immersive experiences.
- Connect young families with resources and engagement opportunities in Philadelphia and Israel that will influence Jewish leadership and participation.
- Increase engagement of young adults to strengthen Jewish identity, Jewish wisdom, communal leadership and Jewish practice.
- Celebrate the diversity of our Jewish community ensuring that historically disconnected groups, such as interfaith families, LGBTQ+ individuals, Russian speaking Jews, Hebrew speaking Jews, and Jews of Color, are connected to Jewish life, promoting programs that are welcoming, Jewish values-based, and responsive to their needs and interests.
- Increase opportunities for adult Jewish education that creates ongoing opportunities for learning, community building through Jewish values, and motivation to give back to the community.
- Enhance the sense of belonging to a Jewish community, including outside traditional institutions, by creating connections and shared experiences to those who share geography, interests, age, gender and/or other defining characteristics.
- Ensure Jewish Philadelphia has the infrastructure to foster connections between religious and cultural institutions and support diverse religious/cultural expressions of Judaism.
Connect with Israel
- Provide access to transformative Israel experiences and Israel education that ignite connection to Jewish Peoplehood worldwide and inspire participants to take on leadership roles within the Jewish community when they return.
- Support Aliyah and travel opportunities to enhance connections worldwide.
- Enhance opportunities engagement between local community members, Israelis and Jews around the world.
- Work to ensure that every Jew in Philadelphia, Israel and across the world can live and express their Jewish identity safely, openly and with no fear.
- Create celebrations of major holidays and accomplishments in Israel for the Greater Philadelphia community to enhance connections between the two communities.
Application Process: To qualify for a grant from the Jewish Community Fund, organizations must show proof of non-profit status, provide services in Greater Philadelphia, Israel or to Jewish communities globally. Programs must align with the funding priorities as outlined in this LOI. Membership organizations (for example synagogues and youth groups) may apply for funding provided that the program is open to the entire community and pricing and participation options are uniform. All grants from the Jewish Community fund are programmatic grants.
- Friday, October 30, 2020-Letters of Intent Due
- Monday, November 30, 2020-Selected applicants invited to complete a full application during our Request for Proposal (RFP) stage.
- Friday, January 29, 2021-Proposals Due
- End of May 2021-Selected grantees notified of awards.
The purpose of this LOI is to give Jewish Federation a general sense of your organization’s mission, capacity and the program for which you are seeking support. If selected to submit a full proposal, we require a detailed organizational and program budget, and a clear articulation of how your organization evaluates program impact. Applications will be judged on program content, alignment with our funding priorities, proven performance and data collection methods.