About Us


Jim Joseph established a philanthropic fund in 1987 with its purpose focused exclusively on supporting the education of Jewish youth and young adults in the United States. That fund became the basis of a private foundation incorporated in 2005 as the Shimon Ben Joseph Foundation, commonly known now as the Jim Joseph Foundation.

Since 2006, the Jim Joseph Foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $490 million. Foundation investments support the educational training and development of Jewish educators, expand learning opportunities for young Jews, and build the capacity of high-performing organizations serving the field of Jewish education.

Working with grantee partners and other like-minded funders, the Jim Joseph Foundation seeks to inspire a next generation of young Jews to live vibrant Jewish lives. Read our story and learn about major milestones in the timeline below.


View the ten-year anniversary retrospective timeline of the Jim Joseph Foundation.

The Life and Legacy of Jim Joseph

Watch a short film about Jim Joseph, his family and his remarkable legacy.

Biennial Report:


Learn about key outcomes and developments from 2013-2014 as the Foundation pursued its mission.

Summary Report:


Learn about major grants and independent evaluations during this time period, as the Foundation continued to grow from its founding.

Thought Leaders

Hear from thought leaders in the field of Jewish education who helped shape the Foundation's initial strategic approach.

The Jim Joseph Foundation invests in promising Jewish education grant initiatives. We partner with effective organizations that seek to inspire young people to discover the joy of living vibrant Jewish lives.