The Millburn-based Good People Fund (GPF) has announced nearly $1.5 million in Israel- and U.S.- focused grants as part of its mission supporting and advancing grassroots, community-based organizations meeting pressing societal challenges.
GPF (goodpeoplefund.org) targets initiatives in areas that include human needs; inclusion; health; women’s empowerment; youth welfare; elder care; hunger and food rescue; alternative healing of body and mind; literacy and education; military and veteran welfare; and refugee support.
“We proudly support and partner with these visionary organizations designing creative approaches that fill gaps in social and humanitarian services and structures across Israel and the United States,” said Naomi Eisenberger, GPF’s co-founder and executive director. GPF has raised and granted more than $11 million since its founding in 2008.
“Their work and impact underscore what change agents can achieve when their considerable entrepreneurial talents and passions are channeled toward the sacred value of tikkun olam, repair of the world.”
Of the nearly $1.5 million announced for the fiscal year that ended June 30, $1,008,033 will go to Israeli organizations, and $455,690 will be directed at programs in the United States.
A full list of new grantees appears at goodpeoplefund.org. Among the new grants are:
• Pesia’s Kitchen — $61,800 for the collection and distribution of 200 tons of food per year to shelters, day care centers, and other venues serving needy people in and around Tel Aviv.
• Shalheveth — $43,400 to support operations, including a social worker and van driver, to enable Israeli adults with severe disabilities to lead autonomous lives in a non-institutional setting.
• Jeremy’s Circle — $39,505 to support a community of care and socialization for Israeli children and teens who have a family member with cancer or who have lost a family member to the disease.
• Ba’asher Telchi — $22,500 to increase staffing and programming supporting religious and ultra-Orthodox women in Israel economically, socially, and emotionally as they endure a separation or divorce.
• SAHI (Special Grace Unit) — $32,000 to expand the organization’s programs for at-risk Israeli youth who deliver food packages to needy people and take part in other acts of lovingkindness throughout Israel.
• Project Kruvit — $36,500 for the purchase of food for freshly cooked, high-quality holiday meals prepared by volunteers and delivered to 5,000 people throughout Israel for Pesach, Shavuot, and Rosh HaShanah.
• HAMA Israel (Humans and Animals in Mutual Assistance) — $60,675 to support several programs including one employing art, music, and animal-assisted therapy to heal children in the Negev region traumatized by rocket attacks from nearby Gaza.
• Village Harvest — $6,000 to support fruit tree harvests from backyards and small orchards in northern California, and the distribution of the food to organizations and needy people in the Bay Area.