The Jewish Women's Foundation of New Jersey recently awarded five major grants — totalling $105,000, the group’s “largest annual financial commitment to date” — for 2016-17.
Founded in 2007, the nearly 60 JWF members pool philanthropic dollars to fund innovative programs, provide education on vital issues, and engage in advocacy efforts through a gender lens.
Four of the grants are in New Jersey, and one is in Israel:
$25,000: Jewish Family Service of Clifton/Passaic: Project Leah — To recruit, train, and supervise female student volunteers from an area girls’ yeshiva to provide companionship and support to developmentally disabled girls and their mothers, their primary caregivers.
$25,000: Make the Road NJ: Immigrant Women Leadership and Media Training — To provide intensive leadership development, advocacy, and media skills training to 75 immigrant women, who will provide advocacy outreach to their community.
$25,000: Volunteer Lawyers for Justice: NJ Trafficking Victims’ Legal Assistance — To provide legal representation for victims of human trafficking and help vacate their convictions, thereby affording them previously denied social benefits.
$10,000: Community HOPE: Supportive Services for Female Homeless Veterans — To support the agency’s Emergency Housing Fund that assists indigent women veterans at risk of homelessness to re-establish housing stability.
$10,000: National Council of Jewish Women: Women Veterans’ Initiative — To work in partnership with JWF to educate the community on issues facing women veterans and advocate for social change on their behalf.
This year’s Israel award:
$5,000: National JWF Funding Collaborative: Fostering Employment Equity for Women in Israel — To participate in a funding consortium of nearly two dozen Jewish women’s foundations focused on empowering women to achieve employment equity.
Earlier in the year, the foundation awarded five grants of $1,000 each to the following organizations: Glass Roots: Glass STEM Day; Jewish Family Service of Somerset: Women@Work; Morristown Neighborhood House: #We Are Girl Strong; ORA: One Step Forward: The Jewish Divorce Line; and Partners for Women and Justice: Bilingual Outreach Pamphlet.
JWF is an advisory council of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest, the planned giving and endowment arm of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ. For information, contact JWF director Susan Friedman at 973-929-3005 or SFriedman@jfedgmw.org.