The Nathan Cummings Foundation — in partnership with the Jewish Funders Network, the Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation, the Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation, and others — has announced a $1 million matching fund to help support the Jewish social justice movement.
Announced at the JFN conference in Los Angeles last week, the fund will target organizations that identify themselves as Jewish or work with the Jewish community and that support efforts to bring about social change. "These funds will help continue the efforts of those seeking justice in our communities, a commitment that stretches back generations," said Simon Greer, president and CEO of the Nathan Cummings Foundation. "The fund announced today seeks to provide new funding for existing efforts and will also help unleash the creativity of the Jewish social justice community to find new and exciting ways to combat the injustices of our era."
The fund will begin accepting grant applications in the fall from 501(c)(3) organizations — including Jewish organizations launching social justice initiatives, Jewish social justice groups conducting existing programs, and secular groups engaging the Jewish community — for projects in the United States that engage people across racial and religious lines and seek to effect lasting systemic and cultural change.
"Not only will this new matching grant make a difference in an important field, but by promoting cooperation and collaboration it will strengthen the entire Jewish community as well," said JFN president and CEO Andres Spokoiny. "Projects like this prove that philanthropy isn't a zero-sum game: over the years, JFN matching grants have brought more than $75 million [in] new funding to the community, and we're confident this new program will help bring new funders to the field of social justice."