History

Jim Joseph established a philanthropic fund in 1987 with its purpose focused exclusively on supporting 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 $390 million. Foundation awards 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 these grantees 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 a retrospective timeline of the Jim Joseph Foundation.

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.