Primary Strategic Focus The Jim Joseph Foundation’s strategic grantmaking is based on the following interests and beliefs:
- Strong support for excellence in the education of Jewish youth and young adults in the United States throughout critical stages of their development.
- Highly qualified Jewish educators are essential to the success of most Jewish learning experiences.
- A broad definition of educators, including day and congregational school teachers and heads of school; camp counselors and directors; pre-school teachers; family educators; parents; rabbis; youth group workers, among others.
- Increasing the number of exceptionally well trained, Jewishly literate educators who are committed to continuous learning and dedicated to the profession.
- The importance of building upon the strength of existing programs of education, in addition to encouraging innovative approaches to Jewish learning.
- Supporting efforts that develop professional, peer, and youth leadership.
The Foundation invests in initiatives, often through multi-year grants, that support Jewish learning experiences for youth, teens, young adults, and families with young children. In particular, the Foundation solicits grants designed for long-term, large scale effectiveness and sustainability.
In line with its strategic priorities, the Foundation’s investments support training and development programs for Jewish educators and leaders; programs and initiatives for young Jews; and organizations and initiatives that strengthen the field of Jewish education and improve philanthropic practices.
The Foundation strives to establish close relationships with grantees and to leverage the impact of its grants by co-investing with funding peers. Moreover, the Foundation actively collaborates with others in the field. It supports and initiates convenings of grantees, funders, consultants, communal leaders, evaluators, and researchers interested in Jewish education and effective grantmaking.
The Foundation’s grantmaking strategy is designed to produce the long-term outcome of an ever-increasing number of Jewish Americans choosing to live Jewishly.
Related Strategic Focus The balance of approximately 40% of the Foundation’s annual grantmaking for Jewish learning is not limited to, but may include:
- Grants made in partnership with other funders enabling the Foundation to help realize its vision through leveraging its resources.
- Grants as investments in research and development that will inform the Foundation’s ongoing philanthropic practice and contribute to learning in the field.
- Grants for seed funding of novel, innovative projects furthering the Foundation’s mission.