The Hadassah Foundation is an investor in social change to bring about gender equity in the United States and Israel. We work to improve the status, health and well-being of all who identify as women and girls; bring their contributions, issues and needs from the margins to the center of Jewish concern; and encourage and facilitate their active participation in decision-making and leadership in all spheres of life.
In late 2022, recognizing that organizations need different types of support at different stages in their development, we revamped our grantmaking structure. While previously we awarded in two grantmaking cycles per year, one for Israeli organizations and one for U.S. organizations, we now accept grant proposals twice a year: once for Core grants and once for Spark grants. Both Israeli and U.S. organizations are welcome to apply. The Foundation also awards Visionary Partner and Discretionary grants, but through a different process. Learn more about our grant structure and the size and duration of grants here.
Five-year unrestricted grants of $130,000 for mission-aligned organizations with strong track records as previous grantees.
In December 2022, we awarded our inaugural Visionary Partner grants to Jewish Women International (JWI) and WePower. Based in the U.S., JWI works to empower women and girls – of every race, culture, ability, gender identity, and sexual orientation – by ensuring and protecting their safety, building access to long-term economic security, and lifting and mentoring women leaders. WePower, a non-partisan Israeli NGO, helps women to advance to top level decision-making and elected positions, thus propelling social change and leading to a more equal and just civil society.
We plan to award at least one new Visionary Partner grant each year and will announce our 2023 Visionary Partner later this year.
2023 Core Grants
Three-year grants of $80,000. Funding began in June 2023. Learn more here.
Forum Dvorah is the only organization in Israel focusing on gender equality in key decision-making positions in the fields of national security and foreign policy. It manages a network of over 200 leading women in Israel in these fields and supports the next generation of leadership among young women in them.
The Gender Equity in Hiring Project challenges gender bias in hiring and employment processes in Jewish organizational life, to help women rise into positions of leadership. It equips Jewish organizations with knowledge and support as they develop the mindset, skills, and strategies necessary to support the Jewish community as they advocate for and experiment with organizational change and culture shifts.
Israel Women’s Network (IWN) has been advancing gender equality and women’s rights in Israel for more than 38 years. Alongside its efforts to eradicate gender-based violence and to promote gender equality awareness and education in Israeli society, the IWN promotes gender equality in the workplace, in public spaces, and in government allocations of resources. The Foundation’s grant to IWN will cover efforts to increase awareness of women’s rights in the workplace.
Itach Ma’aki: Women Lawyers for Social Justice is an Israeli advocacy organization working to advance the status of women in Israeli public and private life. From workplaces to local municipalities to governmental bodies and the home, it is committed to furthering women’s legal rights, socio-economic advancement and representation. Founded in 2001, it works across a plethora of communities focusing on Israel’s most marginalized women, including Bedouin women, haredi women and women living in Israel’s economic and geographical periphery.
QueenB was founded in 2016 with the aim of increasing the representation of Israeli women in the high-tech industry, in order to promote gender equality and equal employment opportunities. QueenB operates on two main tracks: offering after-school programming classes for teenage girls and creating a community of female students in the fields of computer science and engineering.
2022 Israel Grants
Two-year grants of up to $70,000. Funding began in August 2022.
Adva Center: A leading Israeli progressive think-tank that monitors social and economic developments and their impact on Israel’s diverse populations. Funds support their gender programming, including research, establishing gender budgeting throughout Israel, and courses and lectures.
Economic Empowerment for Women: EEW promotes the economic empowerment of women by providing them with the knowledge and tools to create their own businesses and become financially independent. Funds are for general operating support, which go toward EEW’s many programs including: empowerment training, business forums, personal consultations, and lectures.
Merchavim: Israel citizens of different backgrounds get to know each other, appreciate diversity, create joint communities and organizations, and promote a fairer society at Merchavim. Funds support the M’Nehigot (“Leadership”) initiative, which helps Arab women teachers obtain sought after leadership and teaching positions in Jewish schools throughout Israel.
The Ruth and Emanuel Rackman Center: Operating at Bar-Ilan University, the Rackman Center provides legal representation, academic expertise, and policy recommendations to improve the status of women in Israel’s family laws and policies. Funds support Rackman’s advocacy initiatives as well as their pro-bono legal support and counseling for women who lack the resources and information they need to navigate Israel’s court systems.
WePower: WePower is also a Visionary Partner (details above). Funds go toward WePower’s general operating costs, helping further their many initiatives including: their advocacy and education on the gender gap in leadership, locating and training potential women government officials, and fostering growth and connections among women in decision-making positions.
Past Israel Grantees
A Step Forward
Al Zahraa Organization for Women
Association of Rape Crisis Centers
Center for Jewish Arab Economic Development
Center for Women’s Justice
Citizens’ Accord Forum Between Jews and Arabs
The Falk Institute
The Haifa Battered Women’s Hotline
Hebrew University NCJW Research Institute for Innovation in Education
Israel Association for the Advancement of Women’s Health
Israel Religious Action Center
Israel Women’s Network
Jerusalem Intercultural Center
Kav LaOved—Worker’s Hotline
Koret Israel Economic Development Funds
Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development
Project Kesher Israel
Rabbis for Human Rights
Shatil—New Israel Fund
The Taub Center
Tel Aviv University Law School
Theatre Company Jerusalem
The Tmura Center
Turning the Tables
Van Leer Institute, The Center for the Advancement of Women in the Public Sphere
Women Against Violence
Women of the Wall
Workers’ Advice Center—Ma’an
2021 U.S. Grants
Two-year grants of up to $70,000. Funding began in July 2021.
Jewish Women International (JWI): JWI is also a Visionary Partner (more details above). Funds underwrite the Jewish Communal Women’s Leadership Project (JCWLP), an initiative to help women advance to the highest positions of Jewish communal organizations.
Maharat: Maharat, formerly known as Yeshivat Maharat, is the first rabbinical school in North America to train and ordain Orthodox women for the rabbinate. Funding will enhance the Executive Ordination Track (EOT), the part-time, advanced program for experienced women leaders and educators. Located throughout the world, the women in the EOT track have never previously been afforded the opportunity of ordination.
Shalom Task Force: An organization that partners with schools throughout the country, Shalom Task Force combats and prevents domestic violence and fosters healthy and safe relationships. Funds support the Purple Fellowship, which equips students with the skills, knowledge, and leadership experience to become advocates on behalf of the issue.
Past United States Grantees
AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps
Challah for Hunger
District of Columbia JCC
Edith and Carl Marks JCH of Bensonhurst
F.E.G.S. Long Island Division
Hebrew Free Loan Society, New York City
Jewish Community Relations Council of NY
Jewish Family & Life
Jewish Family Service of San Diego
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
Jewish Free Loan Association, Los Angeles
Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance
Jewish Theological Seminary
Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale
Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy
Ohio State University Hillel
Shalom Bayit (The Tides Center)
Shalom Hartman Institute of North America
St. Louis JCC/Nishmah
Union for Reform Judaism
Women’s Sports Foundation
2023 Discretionary Grants
Grants of up to $5,000 distributed in response to time-sensitive needs.
Moving Traditions: Also a 2021 U.S. grantee. Funds support efforts to help teens engage with reproductive rights work in response to the June 2022 reversal of Roe v. Wade.
Project Kesher: Funds support mental health services, legal support, and leadership training for female Ukrainian and Russian refugees and immigrants in Israel.
COVID-19 Response Grants (2020-2021)
With a dramatic increase in calls to Israel’s domestic abuse hotlines since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, the Hadassah Foundation quickly launched a COVID-19 Response Fund. The selected grant recipients were:
Association of Rape Crisis Centers: The convener of Israel’s rape crisis centers that advocates on behalf of policies that promote women’s safety and support survivors of gender-based violence.
Israel Women’s Network: An organization focused on women’s equality that is lobbying the new Knesset and national government administration to implement needed domestic violence reforms.
Kayan: A feminist movement that advances the status and protects the rights of Arab women in Israel, is translating important domestic violence information into Arabic, expanding their culturally responsive helpline, and advising local Arab-women leaders on the ways to respond to COVID-19 and the domestic violence crisis.
Phase 2: Jewish Women’s Collective Response Fund
The Jewish Women’s Collective Response Fund, convened and facilitated by The Hadassah Foundation, was comprised of five women’s funds – Greater Miami Jewish Federation Women’s Amutot Initiative, Israel Lions of Judah, Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta, and The Hadassah Foundation. The Collective Response Fund was created to provide sorely needed financial resources during this pandemic to Israeli nonprofit organizations that support survivors of domestic violence.
Tahel: The Crisis Center for Religious Women and Children: With 85 percent of its clientele coming from the Haredi population, Tahel provides emotional support, advice, and referrals for women and children in times of crisis.
Women’s Spirit: Providing tools, knowledge, and support for the economic independence and personal development of women survivors of violence.
MASLAN: The Negev’s Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Support Center: One of nine crisis centers in Israel, offers emergency services and counseling for people located throughout the Negev region.