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The Hadassah Foundation accepts grant proposals twice a year--in the winter, it reviews U.S. proposals, and in the summer, it reviews Israeli proposals. At this time, only U.S. proposals are being accepted. Information about our next round of Israeli grants will be posted in June.


GRANT PERIOD: July 1, 2014 through June 30, 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 of up to $40,000 to organizations in the United States. Multi-year grants are not available. Organizations may apply independently or in collaboration.


Leadership Development for Adolescent Girls and Young Women in the United States, Ages 12-30

The Foundation welcomes proposals:

  1. For gender-sensitive, social change projects that develop the leadership skills and capabilities of adolescent girls and young women in the Jewish community. Both new and existing programs will be considered for funding.
  2. To create or expand gender-sensitive curricula and training programs that foster the leadership skills and capabilities of Jewish girls and young women; preference will be given to those organizations that have the capacity to provide training using this material—whether during this grant year or the following grant year--on a regional or national basis.

All prospective grantees are required to: a) identify the specific leadership skills and capabilities their programs aim to develop and b) describe their metrics for measuring progress.


Received by email NO LATER than 11:59 AM(NY EDT) Friday, March 28, 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 send all attachments in a SINGLE email to: foundationgrant@hadassah.org Applicants will be notified by late June 2014. Applicants must use the Cover Sheet and Project Budget Form, below.

Grant Application and Guidelines for New Applicants
Cover Sheet (Required of all Applicants)
Project Budget Form (Required of all Applicants)


Applicants—or their fiscal sponsors—must be tax exempt under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The Hadassah Foundation will NOT fund:

  • Capital campaigns
  • Endowments
  • Partisan political activities
  • Direct service (e.g., treatment programs)
  • Individuals
  • Scholarships
  • Local implementation of existing national programs

    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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