Jim Joseph Foundation Awards $13.6 Million in Grants

The Jim Joseph Foundation in San Francisco has announced grants totaling more than $13.6 million in support of Jewish education and enrichment programs.

Grants ranging from $250,000 to $3.25 million were awarded to seven organizations, including BBYO, which will receive $811,961 in support of its North American Jewish experiential education program; Birthright Israel Foundation, which was awarded up to $2.5 million in general operating support to expand participation in its immersive ten-day trips to Israel; the iCenter for Israel Education, which will receive up to $2.25 million to sustain and advance its work in North America; and Moishe House, which was awarded up to $3.25 million in support of capacity-building efforts. The foundation also awarded one-to-one matching grants of up to $1.5 million to the Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore in support of a multifaceted Jewish teen education initiative designed to increase the number of teens engaged in high-quality Jewish learning experiences, and up to $3 million to the Jewish Federation of San Diego County in support of its efforts to increase the number of local Jewish high school-age teens engaged in Jewish learning.

Founded in 2005, the Jim Joseph Foundation has awarded more than $370 million since 2006 to organizations working to create effective and compelling Jewish learning experiences for youth, teens, and young adults in the United States. Joseph, who died in 2003, was buried in Israel.

"Holding this board meeting in Israel was a deeply meaningful moment for the foundation and for me personally," said Jim Joseph Foundation president Al Levitt. "As we mark the foundation's ten-year anniversary, I know that Jim would be very pleased with the accomplishments of the dedicated and talented grantees with which we partner."