OUR APPROACH

2023 core grants applications 

The Hadassah Foundation is requesting grant proposals from organizations in Israel and the United States that advance the status of women and girls. In particular, the Foundation is interested in funding work that addresses biases in hiring and advancement practices and elevates the role and number of women and girls in leadership. Grant proposals will be accepted until noon ET on Tuesday, February 7, 2023 and must be completed on our online portal. Learn more here.

Gender-Lens Programing

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

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 the organizations 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.

 Grant Categories

We award four types of grants each year to organizations in Israel and the United States. Download more details here.:

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 plan to award five Core grants in 2023. Download the RFP here.

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 two Spark grants in 2023 and will issue an RFP in March 2023.

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. The first two recipients, announced last month, are Jewish Women International (JWI) in the U.S. and WePower in Israel. (Learn more here.) 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 2023.

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 2023.