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1) Once the Foundation has begun discussion with an organization, how long does it take to process that proposal?

A: For major grant proposals, it typically takes four to six months to define an initiative, shape a proposal, and develop it in a form for the Board’s careful consideration.

The Foundation views grant proposal preparation as a dialogue. Conversations and interactions about an initiative under consideration enable the Foundation and the prospective grantee to learn more about how the other party works to accomplish its goals. This process is as much about developing a relationship between the Foundation and prospective grantee as it is proposal writing.

2) Is there a minimum grant award the Foundation awards? Does the Foundation have a special process for reviewing small grants?

A: While the Foundation’s strategic planning process usually points Directors toward fewer grants of larger denominations, the Foundation considers all its funding decisions relative to the documented resource requirements of the proposed initiative. Grants that are smaller in size (up to $250,000)  are likely to be considered as Expedited Grants, which are also considered by invitation only. Most of the guidelines for the Foundation’s major grants program also apply to Expedited Grants. The Foundation anticipates that it will award a relatively select number of Expedited Grants in any given year.

3) What geographic areas do you fund?

A: The Foundation funds initiatives for children, youth, and young adults in the United States. It also supports initiatives of organizations that send U.S. youth for Jewish education experiences to Israel and other settings of Jewish significance. Please note that the Foundation does not fund directly in Israel or any place outside of the United States, unless the organization has a U.S. 501(c)(3) and its program directly benefits U.S. Jewish youth or educators.

4) How often does the Foundation meet to award grants?

A: The Foundation's Board of Directors meets four times annually. The Board meeting schedule for each calendar year is set in December of the preceding year.  Please note that the Board of Directors can give their approval to a grant proposal at any regular or special meeting of the Board.

5) Can I send a letter of inquiry to the Foundation asking to submit a proposal?

A: While we do not discourage letters of inquiry, the submitted material should be brief (no more than one page).  It should describe an idea or potential initiative; it should not be in proposal-form. Moreover, we urge grant seekers to carefully review the Jim Joseph Foundation website before making any inquiry in order for the prospective grantee to understand the Foundation’s mission, vision, values, strategic funding priorities and its grantmaking process. We respond to all inquiries in as timely a manner as possible.

6) To whom do I address an inquiry about a grant initiative?

A: Inquiries may be sent to:

Associate Director
The Jim Joseph Foundation
343 Sansome Street, Suite 1200
San Francisco, CA 94104

Inquiries can be sent via email to [email protected]

7) Should I call the Foundation to discuss a grant proposal idea?

A: We are interested in corresponding by email with grantees who believe that their initiative fits with the Foundation’s strategic plan. Inquiries should be sent to [email protected]

8) If my organization does not directly contact the Foundation, how will the Foundation become aware of a potentially promising funding opportunity?

A: The Foundation’s program professionals examine the field on an ongoing basis.  We network with funder colleagues; consult with current grantees; reach out to practitioners and observe them working;  read professional literature; attend conferences, forums and convenings; talk regularly with the Jim Joseph Foundation Board of Directors who are knowledgeable of the field; and continue to confer with the Foundation’s madrichim from 2006 and madrichim from 2012 . We pride ourselves on a careful, ongoing search for great funding ideas.

9) Does the Jim Joseph Foundation accept unsolicited grant proposals?

A: The Foundation accepts grant proposals by invitation only. Grantees are formally invited to work with the Foundation professionals in preparing grant material for proposal development and review by the Board of Directors.

10) What will the Foundation not support?

A: The Foundation does not make grants to capital projects, support operating deficits, or endowments.

The Foundation is also unlikely to support individual schools, camps, congregations, youth groups, etc. except in remarkable cases where programs of a unique nature merit Foundation consideration.

11) If the organization I represent is denied funding from the Foundation, can the organization contact the Foundation again?

A: Please continue to read the Foundation website; it is updated often and will reflect how the Foundation's interests are evolving. You also can contact us again if your organization’s work changes in a way that represents a close fit with the Foundation’s mission, vision, values, and strategic funding priorities.

12) I spoke with a member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors who suggested that I apply to the Foundation. Should I submit a proposal if I am asked by a Board member to do so?

A: Please contact the Foundation if you have had a discussion with a member of the Board of Directors before you submit any written material. The Directors depend on the Foundation professionals to manage the grantmaking process. They will respond to you promptly.

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.