The Hadassah Foundation

The Hadassah Foundation is an investor in social change to empower girls and women in the United States and in Israel.   Since 1999, we have been at the forefront of efforts to provide Israeli women with a secure economic future, and that develop the full potential of young Jewish women and girls in the United States.

Our Areas of Giving

Through its support of cutting-edge, gender-sensitive projects and organizations, the Hadassah Foundation improves the lives of lower-income Israeli women, as well as fosters the leadership skills and well-being of Jewish girls and young women in the United States. Learn about what types of projects, and which groups, we fund.

How To Apply

The Foundation makes grants twice a year. See if your organization is eligible to apply for a grant, and what you need to do to submit an application.

Tannenbaum Prize

The Tannenbaum Prize is awarded annually to an emerging professional advancing the cause of girls and women in the United States or Israel. Meet this year’s winner!

Support the Hadassah Foundation

We’re working to ensure that Israel is a better place for women, and that the concerns of Jewish girls and young women have a central place on the communal agenda. With your help, we can do even more to further this mission.

About the Hadassah Foundation

Our Mission:

The Hadassah Foundation is an investor in social change to empower girls and women in the United States and Israel. It works 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.

Our History:

The Hadassah Foundation was established in 1998 after an extensive strategic planning process that examined the Israel projects of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America (HWZOA). A report by the late political scientist Professor Daniel Elazar recommended the creation of a foundation. In 1998, the National Board of HWZOA formally established The Hadassah Foundation with a $10 million endowment. The Foundation enables Hadassah to address unmet societal needs in Israel and the United States and to engage in cutting-edge initiatives outside the framework of Hadassah's existing projects. 

Our Leadership

Rabbi Suzanne Offit

Rabbi Ellen Flax

Board of Directors
Madelyn Bucksbaum Adamson
Sara Adler
Liz Alpert
Ravit Barkama
Liz Bazini
Lisa Davidson
Donna Gerson, Immediate Past Chair
Kim Morris Heiman
Karen Herman
Ellyn Lyons

Dale Marcus
Debra Minkoff
Julie Morris
Helaine Ohayon
Jill Prosky
Lonye Rasch
Rachel Sheinbein
Andrea Silagi
Susan Wilkof

Former Board Members
Debra Aleinikoff
Froma Baron Benerofe
Nancy M. Berman
Rhoda Bernstein
Sophie Blum
Dorothy R. Bucksbaum
Ruth G. Cole
Georgianne Cutter
Barbara Dobkin, Founding Chair
Katie Edelstein
Rabbi Jacqueline Koch Ellenson, Past Chair
Sherri Ades Falchuk
Rebekah M. Farber
Sylvana Foa
Amy Freidkin
Anne Glauber
Mirele B. Goldsmith, Ph.D.
Lynda Goldstein
Dorothy Gitter Harman
Paula Jarnicki
Carol M. Joseph, Past Chair

Rabbi Naamah Kelman
Ellen Landis
Joan Leiman, Ph.D.
Barbara Levin
Kathleen Levin
Trisha Margulies
Marcie Natan
Donna Orender
Dalia Pollack
Marlene E. Post
Ilana Horowitz Ratner
Dr. Julie Ratner
Bella Savran
Willa Shalit
Dr. Janice Weinman Shorenstein
Judith H. Swartz
Diane Troderman
Karen Venezky
Laurie Werner
Michal Zellermayer

Linda Altshuler, Founding Director

Foundation Program Coordinator
Alyson Papir

Our Areas of Giving

In Israel, we focus on providing economic security for low-income Israeli women of all backgrounds. Israel has a growing gap between rich and poor, and over the years, has significantly reduced welfare benefits and other public subsidies, trends that impact women at a much greater rate than men. We are proud that we were one of the first supporters of microloans for female entrepreneurs in Israel, thus attracting other funders to the area.

We support programs—advocacy and legal efforts, policy and research, as well as direct service efforts—that promote the economic empowerment of women. In recent years, we have also supported program and efforts to boost the number of women in positions of power, in both the private and public sectors, on the theory that more females in such positions will advocate for programs and policies that will benefit women economically. Our preference has been to fund gender-sensitive efforts that are run for, and by, women.

In the United States, we focus on developing the potential of Jewish girls and young women ages 12-30. Although great strides have been made in this area in recent years, so much more work needs to be done! Despite progress, we know that:

  • Girls and young women face gender-related issues throughout their development;
  • Girls and young women require and deserve the awareness, attention, and commitment of a wide range of individuals and institutions to promote their healthy development.
  • Girls and young women experience intense pressure, at ever younger ages, to be everything to everyone all of the time.
  • Girls and young women have the right to be themselves and to resist gender stereotypes; to prepare for interesting work and economic independence; to take risks, to strive freely and to take pride in success.
  • The issues of girls and young women are traditionally are underrepresented in research and policy debates.
  • Research on girls and young women often has focused on risks and negative trends, rather than exploring positive aspects of their lives.
  • The voices of girls and young women are rarely heard in research reports or in discussion of policies that affect their lives.

In recent years, we have placed a special emphasis on funding gender-sensitive programs that develop the leadership skills and abilities of this population group.


How To Apply

The Hadassah Foundation accepts grant applications twice a year. Every June/early summer, we issue an RFP for Israeli organizations seeking to promote the economic empowerment of women in that country, and in December/January, we issue an RFP for organizations based in the United States that are working to support the leadership potential and healthy development of Jewish girls and young women ages 12-30 in the United States. Check back in December 2015/January 2016 for our RFP for United States-based organizations.

The Tannenbaum Prize

The Bernice S. Tannenbaum Prize recognizes innovative contributions to advance the status of women and girls in Israel and the United States. It honors the late Bernice S. Tannenbaum for her lifetime of service to the Jewish People; the State of Israel; and Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America.

The Prize rewards emerging professionals who have demonstrated a high degree of talent, commitment, and accomplishment in their work to enhance the status of women and girls, and who anticipate continuing their careers in this field. The intent of the Prize is to make the field more effective by supporting the development of future leaders.

Read about this year's winner here!

Contact Us

For general inquiries:

By email: hadassahfoundation@hadassah.org
By phone: 212-451-6245
By fax: 212-303-8282

By mail: 
The Hadassah Foundation
40 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005

On Twitter: @hadassahfdn
Our blog: blog.hadassahfoundation.org
On Facebook: facebook.com/hadassahfoundation
On YouTube: youtube.com/hadassahfdn

Donate to the Hadassah Foundation

Issues that affect women and girls are often relegated to the margins of Jewish concern. We invite you to change lives in Israel and the United States by investing in the Hadassah Foundation. Your contribution will help women and girls achieve their full potential.

Can we count on your support to help us strengthen and empower girls and women in the United States and Israel? All donations go directly to our grant making!

Yes, I want to support the work of the Hadassah Foundation!

News & Stories

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Monday, Apr 6 2015

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