Our Road Map

In the same spirit of continuous innovation and growth, we completed an in-depth strategic plan in 2021. We re-evaluated our approach to more sufficiently respond to evolving needs and implement newly adopted best practices in the field. With commitment and excitement, we share our strategic plan that articulates a road map toward greater gender equity in 2022 through 2025 and beyond. Learn more about our approach to grantmaking in our strategic plan.

Types of Grants

We recognize that organizations at different stages of maturity are all important to a healthy and growing field of gender equity. As such, we are now making four different types of grants — Visionary Partner, Core, Spark, and Discretionary — each tailored to best serve the needs of different types of organizations.

Core Grants continue the Foundation’s strong grantmaking practices of supporting leading organizations and programs that promote gender equity in Israel or the U.S. Grants are for $80,000 awarded over a three-year grant cycle.

Spark Grants allow for increased risk-taking and appropriately sized support for newer organizations that meet pressing and emergent issues. The Foundation aims to increase the exposure of these organizations and provide capacity-building where possible. Grants are for $20,000 awarded over an 18-month cycle.

Visionary Partners Grants exemplify the Foundation’s values of building partnerships and embodying trust-based philanthropy. These are longer term grants of $130,000 awarded over five years. Organizations do not have to submit an application to be considered. Instead, we review the organizations that have received the greatest amount of support from the Foundation over past years, and make decisions based on the organizations’ track record and their mission alignment with the Foundation.

The inaugural 2022 Visionary Partners are Jewish Women International (JWI) in the U.S. and WePower in Israel. Read the press release

Discretionary Grants are small grants under $5,000 that are distributed throughout the year in response to time-sensitive activities and urgent needs. Their is not an open application process for these grants.


Utilizing a Gender Lens

The Hadassah Foundation uses a gender lens in its grantmaking decisions. We look for organizations and 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.

Creating 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.