Women’s Endowment Fund

In every day and age, the voices of Jewish women have shaped Jewish history. Define the power of women in philanthropy for generations to come.

When you join the Women’s Endowment Fund, you’ll leave a lasting impact on the lives of Jewish women and children. With a five year gift, you can leverage the power of your charitable donation on the Women’s Endowment Committee. Here, you will determine how your dollars are spent by awarding grants up to $10,000 each, and benefit from the transparency of a process that raises the funds, reviews and awards the grants, and measures the outcomes. Your time commitment is flexible; invest as much or as little of your time as you choose. You’ll work with like-minded Jewish women who generously lead by example.

Who benefits from the fund?

2015 grantees included:

Advocates for Human Rights:  To provide community and social service providers with information to help them to recognize and refer sexually exploited youth to the Safe Harbor Program.

Alliance Housing:  To provide new and intensified mental health support for poor and homeless families referred to The Northside Supportive Housing program.

Creating IT Futures Foundation: To provide job training and related services to 25 low-income Minneapolis women through its IT-Ready Women project and place program graduates into good jobs in the IT industry.

Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Minneapolis:  Partnership with Pathways to support the expense for a nine week Renewing Life Support Group for people who have long-term chronic illness, a life threatening illness, or a caregiver of someone with an illness.

The Birthday Party Project:  To partially cover the costs of birthday parties for homeless children at People Serving People in Minneapolis.

Examples of distributions from prior years:

  • Tutorial scholarships for Jewish students with learning disabilities
  • Resource materials for teachers dealing with prejudice and intolerance in the schools
  • Seed money to develop a program to increase awareness of domestic violence in the Jewish community

Membership categories: Sarah – $25,000 ($5,000/year) Rachel — $10,000 ($2,000 per year) Rebecca — $5,000 ($1,000/year) Leah — $2,500 ($500/year) Deborah – $1,000 ($200/year)* * for women under the age of 40. Once a woman turns 40, she will automatically be moved to the Leah membership level.


Support the Women’s Endowment Fund with a tribute

Celebrate life-cycle events, special occasions or say “thank you” to special people in your life with a tribute to the Women’s Endowment Fund. We’ll send a special card letting the tribute know they’ve been honored. Click here to contribute.

The Women’s Endowment Fund is a designated fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation.

WEF Leadership

Irene Bartram, Chair of the Women’s Endowment Fund


For more information, contact Debbie Stillman

dstillman@mplsfed.org | 952.417.2351

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