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GRANT PERIOD: January 1 through December 31, 2015


The Hadassah Foundation is dedicated to refocusing the priorities of the Jewish community through innovative and creative funding for women and girls in the United States and Israel. Its mission is to improve the status, health, and well-being of women and girls; bring their contributions, issues and needs from the margins to the center of Jewish concern; and encourage and facilitate their active participation in decision-making and leadership in all spheres of life.



The Foundation will provide a limited number of grants up to $25,000 to Israeli organizations. The Foundation does not normally fund an organization for more than three consecutive years. Multi-year grants are not available. Organizations may apply independently or in collaboration.

Please note that this RFP is only for Israeli organizations; an RFP for our U.S. grant making will be posted in early 2015.


Social change, gender-sensitive projects that help low-income women in Israel achieve economic independence.

The Foundation is particularly interested in programs that provide cutting-edge approaches to solve problems that have not been addressed previously.

    Areas of interest include:
  • Savings, Asset Development, and Pension Planning
  • Grassroots Programs that provide resources and training
  • Legal and Policy Advocacy Initiatives
  • Business Development Services that help women who own businesses improve their outreach and marketing
  • Leadership development initiatives that increase the number of, and capacity of, women in positions of leadership.

The Foundation rarely funds entrepreneurship or financial planning programs that take place only in one location, and rarely invests directly in a cooperative or other business. We do not fund scholarship programs and programs targeting adolescents.


Received by email NO LATER than 11:59 PM (NY EDT) Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The Hadassah Foundation will not accept late or incomplete proposals. NO exceptions will be made.

Complete the grant application according to the enclosed instructions and email to: foundationgrant@hadassah.org. Applicants will be notified by late December 2014.

Instructions for the renewal application can be downloaded here.
Instructions for new applicants can be downloaded here.
All applicants are required to submit a cover sheet as well as project budget form.


Applicants — or their fiscal sponsors — must have amutah or mossad tziburi status.

    The Hadassah Foundation will NOT fund:
  • Capital campaigns
  • Endowments
  • Partisan political activities
  • Direct service (e.g., treatment programs)
  • Individuals
  • Scholarships


Social change philanthropy focuses on the root causes of problems, working to improve the conditions that lead to inequality. This approach is unlike traditional charity, which often seeks to ameliorate only the symptoms of societal problems—for example, by providing medicine and treatment for the sick, funds for the poor, or shelters for the homeless and battered.

The Hadassah Foundation seeks to promote change by addressing the underlying obstacles that impede the full participation of women and girls in society and by helping women and girls gain the tools they need to help themselves. As part of this mission, the Foundation encourages the active participation of women and girls in the governance of organizations that it supports.


Gender-sensitive programs build on the needs, strengths, perspectives, and experiences of women and girls. They recognize that the needs of females may differ from those of males, and pay deliberate attention to gender as an important component of diversity when creating, implementing, and evaluating programs. Gender-sensitive programs demonstrate an understanding of—and ability to meet—girls’ and women’s needs. Gender-sensitive programs can occur in both gender-specific (girls/women only) and coeducational environments.



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