For Grantseekers

Grants to Organizations in Israel & the united states

 

The Hadassah Foundation awards grants in four categories to Israeli and U.S. organizations: Visionary Partner, Core, Spark and Discretionary. (Learn more about each category below) If you represent an organization that meets the guidelines listed below and would like to be notified about funding opportunities, please sign up for our email list.  You are welcome to share a brief description about your organization using this form.

Please note that in 2024, we do not expect to issue an open request for proposals; organizations that are previous Hadassah Foundation grant recipients will be prioritized for grants (except for Spark grants). If your organization is a past grant recipient, you are welcome, but not required, to share a brief update about your organization’s work, using this form.

2024 Israeli Core grant recipients will be notified in May, and U.S. Core grant recipients will be notified in December. Proposals for Spark Grants will be by invitation only.

GRANT CATEGORIES

We award four types of grants each year to organizations in Israel and the United States:

CORE

These continue the Foundation’s strong grantmaking practices of supporting leading organizations and programs that promote gender equity in Israel or the U.S. Each grant will be $80,000 awarded over three years. We expect to award five or six Core grants in 2024. 

SPARK

These allow for increased risk-taking and appropriately sized support for newer organizations that are meeting pressing and emergent issues. The Foundation will aim to increase the exposure of these organizations and provide capacity-building where possible. Each grant is $20,000 awarded over 18 months. We expect to award three Spark grants in 2024.

VISIONARY PARTNERS

These exemplify the Foundation’s values of building partnerships and embodying trust-based philanthropy by offering longer-term funding. Each grant is $130,000 awarded over five years. Current Visionary Partner grantee organizations are Jewish Women International (JWI) and Moving Traditions in the U.S. and WePower in Israel.  There is no application process for Visionary Partner grants; instead, the Foundation  reviews previous grantees and makes decisions based on the organization’s track record and mission. We expect to name one new Visionary Partner in 2024.

DISCRETIONARY

These enable us to quickly provide funds to address timely activities and needs that arise. Each grant is up to $5,000 awarded in one payment. These grants are distributed throughout the year in response to time-sensitive activities and urgent needs. There is no formal application process. We expect to award up to four Discretionary grants in 2024.

Advancing Women and Girls

We fund organizations and projects that advance the status of women and girls, and that advance gender equity,  in Israel and the American Jewish community.

Social Change

Social change philanthropy focuses on the root causes of problems, working to improve the conditions that lead to inequality. HF seeks to promote lasting change by addressing the underlying obstacles that impede the full participation of women and girls in society. This approach is unlike traditional charity, which often seeks to ameliorate the symptoms of societal problems—for example, by providing medicine and treatment for the sick, funds for the poor, or shelters for the homeless and battered. We are interested in how your program influences and brings about change in: how an issue is defined, individuals’ behaviors, increasing community engagement, policies and systems, and/or maintaining past gains in these areas. As part of this mission, we strongly encourage the active participation of women and girls in the governance of organizations that we support.

Eligibility

  • Organization Status: Applicants in Israel or their fiscal sponsors must have amutah or mossad tziburi status. Applicants in the United States or their fiscal sponsors must have 501(c)3 legal status.
  • Geography: Applicants in Israel must apply for funding for a program that takes place in Israel. Applicants in the United States must apply for a program that takes place in the United States.
  • Population: Programs in Israel may be directed toward all populations in Israel. Programs in the United States must have a portion of their programming directed to the Jewish community. Grants are awarded for programs that work with people of all ages. 
  • Joint Projects: Organizations may apply independently or in collaboration.

We do NOT fund:

  • Capital campaigns
  • Endowments
  • Partisan political activities
  • Direct services  (Exception is made for emergency grantmaking) 
  • Individuals
  • Scholarships