Jim Joseph Foundation Invests more than $23.7 million in Jewish Educator Professional Development and in Leadership Development in Jewish Education
October 30th, 2017
21 organizations will begin multi-year initiatives, learnings will be shared with each other and the field
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The Jim Joseph Foundation today announced a $23.7 million cumulative investment in 21 organizations following a Request for Proposal (RFP) process to address two critical areas in Jewish education: Educator Professional Development and Leadership Development. The Foundation, which fosters compelling, effective Jewish learning experiences for young Jews in the United States, received 154 Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) following the RFP’s release in April. The grant periods begin now and will continue into 2020 and 2021.
The 10 Jewish Educator Professional Development grants are, by design, a diverse cohort of organizations, types of programs, and types of educators targeted. The opportunity to fund these different programs represents a strong strategic fit with the Foundation’s interest in investing in talent for the Jewish education sector. If successful, this set of investments will lead to more than 500 Jewish educators receiving quality, intensive professional development over the upcoming four years. The Foundation also is supporting an external evaluation of the initiative and a community of practice for the program directors.
The Leadership Development grants approach this space through various lenses, including training for social justice leadership, thought leadership, early childhood education leadership, and youth leadership. Participation in the portfolio of new grants under this umbrella will include participation in two convenings with initiative directors, and a cross-portfolio research study to understand common outcomes, themes, and strategies in developing Jewish leaders.
“We were fortunate to receive very ambitious, high quality LOIs that reflect the diversity and vibrancy of Jewish life today,” says Barry Finestone, President and CEO of the Jim Joseph Foundation. “Now, we are excited to move forward with these cohorts in educator training and leadership development—two areas that the Foundation views as critical to creating excellent Jewish education.”
The following 10 grants, along with support for a community of practice among the directors of these programs and a cross-portfolio evaluation, represent an investment of $16,698,069 in Educator Professional Development:
The following 11 grants, along with support for a cross-portfolio research study about these programs and support for two grantee convenings about Jewish leadership, represent an investment of $7,050,000 in Leadership Development in Jewish Education: