Grant awards from the Jewish Women’s Foundation are empowering some of the most vulnerable in our community.
Since its founding, the Jewish Women’s Foundation of San Diego (JWF) has awarded over $2 million to organizations and programs that benefit and enhance the lives of Jewish women and girls locally and globally. Past grant making has addressed a variety of areas including teen girls self esteem, needs of single parents, caring for isolated seniors, and women and girls living with hunger, homelessness and poverty.
JWF maintains a “one woman-one vote” policy, whereby each member has an equal opportunity to participate in grant making decisions.
JWF will approve grants that are consistent with its mission and core values. (link both “mission” and “core values” to home page)
JWF funds with both a “gender lens” and a “Jewish lens.” We are interested in programs that recognize Jewish women and girls have unique needs both because of their gender and their religious and cultural heritage. Gender lens funding does not exclude men and boys – sometimes projects that benefit women and girls may include men and boys.
JWF supports organizations through general operating and project specific funding.
JWF prioritizes initiatives in the San Diego area. However, we will consider statewide, national and International proposals, particularly in Israel.
Proposals for grants in Israel will be accepted by invitation only.
JWF encourages collaborations between non-profit organizations to leverage greater impact than would be accomplished individually.
Grant Impact Areas:
JWF funds in five broad impact areas. Prospective grantees are invited to submit program proposals that fit within one or more of these areas.
Equity, Social Justice & Legal Reform: projects that address the elimination of injustices and changing attitudes that systematically exclude or disadvantage women.
Health, Well Being & Safety: projects that protect, promote and educate about health and healthy lifestyles.
Economic Security: projects that address building financial literacy and self-sufficiency, improving the economic status for women and their families.
Education, Leadership & Advocacy: projects that provide educational opportunities for women and girls to increase their voices by developing skills such as negotiation and advocating.
Building Relationships: projects that promote relationships among women from different cultures, denominations and economic status.
Granting Cycle Timeline
JWF will issue Request for Proposals.
January 15, 2021
Letters of Intent are due.
February 1, 2021
Selected organizations will be invited to submit a full proposal.
March 19, 2021
All proposals due.
May 5, 2021
Interviews will be conducted with finalists.
May 19, 2021
Grant award winners will be notified.
Grants approved in 2018 for funding by the JWF focused on programs supporting Jewish women and girls struggling with hunger, homelessness, and poverty.
“Marpeh” Hebrew for “healing” or “remedy” is a wellness program that addresses the physical and spiritual deficits that thrive in poverty. Located at Ohr Shalom Synagogue, the program convenes twice monthly and assists women and girls to attain optimal physical and spiritual health by providing yoga therapy, meditation guidance, and connection to other women. www.ohrshalom.org
With the help of JWF, G’mach – San Diego Jewish Gift Closet, has been able to expand their existing Emergency Fund in order to be able to better serve the most vulnerable Jewish women and girls of the San Diego community. www.sandiegogmach.com
Coastal Roots Farm
Coastal Roots Farm expanded their existing Holocaust Survivor Produce Delivery Program to provide twice-monthly organic produce boxes an at-home visits to 25 low income women Holocaust survivors and their families. www.coastalrootsfarm.org