The Jewish Community Foundation manages a number of Designated Funds, some of which provide funding through a competitive grant process. Descriptions of each Fund are below. For more information, click on the related link.
Paul Adelman Children with Disabilities Endowment Fund supports programs, projects and services for children with disabilities. The Trustees are interested in capital expenditures and in projects impacting children with physical disabilities. Grants will primarily be made to support programs in Minnesota.
Aronson & Associates Immigration Law Firm Endowment, a designated endowment fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, funds projects, programs and/or services that address issues related to the acculturation of new immigrants into our community. Preference is given to proposals impacting Minnesota and Minnesotans. Requests should be for support of special projects rather than ongoing operating support. Grants are made only to qualifying nonprofit organizations, not to individuals.
The Howard B. & Ruth F. Brin Jewish Arts Endowment Fund is named for the prominent Minneapolis couple Howard B. Brin and Ruth F. Brin. Mr. Brin (1919-1988) was a vital community leader, amateur violist and archeologist who participated in the archeological dig at Masada, Israel. He chaired the committee of 300 lay leaders to plan for the new Minneapolis Jewish Community Center and became its president from 1969-1972 when the building opened. Ruth F. Brin (1921-2009) wrote 13 published books including poetry, children's books, a memoire and a novel and was also an editor, teacher and nationally recognized Jewish liturgist. Her prayers appear in Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist prayer books. Together, Howard and Ruth Brin believed the arts are an essential way to enhance Jewish identity for both the artist and the Jewish community. The fund is now a memorial to this vital couple.
The Fund serves to encourage artistic creativity within a Jewish context by aiding individual artists or organizations in creating works with a Jewish theme.
The Fund is accepting grant proposals until Monday, July 22, 2013. Winning projects will be announced by September 4, 2013. Click here for grant criteria.
Louis Herman Memorial Fund
The Louis Herman Memorial Fund was established in 1996 as a fund to support a variety of organizations in the Jewish community. Its primary interests are to:
• Promote Judaism among children and youth
• Day School education
• Israel experience
• Technology in schools
Click here for more information.
Leah Kayless Ingber Designated Fund is a designated endowment fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation and awards funds to Minnesota non-profits for projects, programs and/or services for children in immigrant families having difficulty adjusting and integrating into American society. The Fund’s focus is on the psychological concerns that inhibit their adjustment to new lives.
The Fund was established to honor the memory of Leah Kayless Ingber, who immigrated to Minnesota in 1936 and lived here until her death in 1992. Throughout her life, Leah was haunted by tremendous feelings of guilt for escaping the Holocaust while her four sisters and mother perished at the hands of the Nazis. Her family hopes that the Fund will help other immigrants work through their emotional issues in adapting to life in a new country.
Proposals are now being reviewed; grant decisions will be announced by mid-April, 2013.
Mount Sinai Community Foundation Accepting Grant Proposals
The MSCF is reviewing grant proposals for one-time projects up to $10,000 that fulfill the MSCF’s mission to improve health, enhance well-being, or otherwise advance medical care for Minnesota residents. MSCF gives equal consideration to proposals that impact the Jewish and non-Jewish communities in Minnesota. MSCF is especially interested in proposals that provide innovative approaches for addressing health, well-being or medical care that might not be funded by other grant sources. MSCF also gives priority to identifiable, discrete projects that the Foundation may fund alone or with other funding partners.
Through the generosity of the Frances & Samuel Finkelstein/Janice Finkelstein Mattison Memorial Fund, one of the grants funded will be in the area of cancer research and education. Organizations interested in securing the designated Memorial funds, should address the connection to cancer research and education in their application.
Decisions will be made around Tuesday, May 21, 2013.
Read more...The Toodie and Frank Trestman Special Needs and Collaborative Education Endowment Fund, a designated Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, was created from dollars raised during the Community Capital Campaign. Recently, the Trestman Endowment Committee, chaired by Bob Karasov, approved $120K in grants for the 2011-12 fiscal year. Click here to learn more about these grant awards.
Women's Endowment Fund The Women’s Endowment Fund (WEF), a designated endowment fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, funds proposals of up to $5,000 each for one-year projects, programs and/or services that enhance and enrich the lives of Jewish women and children. Six proposals totaling $23,525 have been funded this year by the Women’s Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation. Click here to learn about his year’s grantees.
The Unrestricted Fund is funded out of the Unrestricted Endowment of the Jewish Community Foundation. Applications are accepted only upon invitation. Click here for more information.
Questions related to any of the Designated Funds can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions related to funding for Israel programs can be directed to Eilat Harel, Israel Center Director, at email@example.com or 952-417-2321.