The Hadassah Foundation uses a gender lens in its grantmaking decisions. We look for programs that build on the unique strengths, perspectives, and experiences of people who identify as women and girls. We recognize that gender influences people’s needs, causes differing outcomes, and associates with various assumptions and norms. Deliberate attention to gender is an important component of a gender sensitive program, and may occur in both a gender-specific (girls/women only) and/or multigendered environment.
Social change philanthropy focuses on the root causes of problems, working to improve the conditions that lead to inequality. The Hadassah Foundation 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 a 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.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, grants have been awarded for direct service programming to help address the immediate, pressing needs of women and girls. Specifically, grants have been awarded to help address the sharp increase in domestic violence in Israel. When women are not safe in their own homes, they are not able to advance in positions of power. For more information on The Hadassah Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Grants, see the Grantee Organizations page.