The Hadassah Foundation

The Hadassah Foundation invests in social change to empower girls and women in Israel and the United States. Our grants and programs:


We promote gender equality in positions of power in Israel and the United States.


Learn about the organizations we support and their innovative programming.


We offer grants to organizations that utilize a gender lens and create social change.


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The Hadassah Foundation’s grants and programs:

  • Support the leadership advancement of women and girls.
  • Break glass ceilings to allow all people opportunities to succeed in all spheres of life.
  • Increase female political representation.
  • Eliminate religious barriers that create unequal or separate playing fields for women.


We accomplish our goals through grantmaking with a gender lens, supporting organizations that build upon the unique strengths, perspectives, and experiences of women and girls. In turn, we create lasting social change, transforming individual lives, institutions, public policies, and entire communities.


The Hadassah Foundation was established by the Hadassah National Board in 1998 as a supporting organization to refocus the priorities of the Jewish community through innovative and creative funding to improve gender equality in the United States and Israel.

Today, the Hadassah Foundation is one of the largest Jewish women’s funds in the country. We have awarded $9 million in grants to nearly 110 non-profit organizations that work with women and girls of all backgrounds in Israel and in the Jewish community in the United States.


Sue Beller, Chair
Meg Offit Gold, Vice Chair
Phyllis Silverstein, Treasurer
Roz Garber Toledano, Secretary
Livia Asher
Dina Bakst
Jacquie Bayley
Renee Evans
Aimee Falchuk
Stephanie Garry
Joanna Golden
Beverly Goldsmith
Helaine Ohayon
Linda Saker
Diane Sigel
Ellen Soffar Steinberg
Anna Solomon
Tracey Spiegelman
Audrey Weiner

Stephanie Blumenkranz

Stephanie works in close partnership with the Board to implement the goals of the Foundation and deepens the impact of the Foundation’s grantmaking. She previously served as Associate Director at the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York, where she oversaw $3.2 million in grants to 137 programs in 21 countries. She played an instrumental role in strengthening their grant making practices, growing and engaging their donor base, and creating impactful education campaigns.

Stephanie has experience as the External Affairs Associate at the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness, and as the Special Assistant to the Commissioner at New York City Children’s Services.

Originally from Northern New Jersey, Stephanie lives with her husband Gregory and son Zachary on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Barbara Dobkin, Founding Chair
Rabbi Jacqueline Koch Ellenson
Donna Gerson
Carol M. Joseph
Julie Morris, Immediate Past Chair
Rabbi Suzanne Offit
Linda Altshuler


We support programs that promote gender equality in positions of power in Israel and the United States. Our goals are to advance the leadership of women and girls, break glass ceilings so all people can succeed, increase the representation of women in politics, and eliminate religious barriers that create unequal or separate playing fields for women.



Grants to Organizations in Israel
Each summer, we issue an closed invitation to submit a grant proposal to Israeli organizations. If you are an Israeli organization that meets the guidelines listed below, and would like to be included in the next invitation to apply for a grant, please send an email to hadassahfoundation@hadassah.org with a brief description of your organization and your contact information.

Grants to Organizations in the United States
Late winter, we issue an open request for proposal to organizations in the United States. If you are a US-based organization that meets the guidelines listed below, and would like to be notified when we send out the next request for proposal, please sign up to receive US Grants notifications.

Grant Guidlines
Grants are for two-year terms and funding amounts are up to $70,000, paid over two years. Organizations applying for funding must promote gender equality of positions in of power in Israel or the United States. Funded programs have one or more of the following goals:

  • Leadership advancement: initiatives that increase the number and capacity of women in positions of leadership.
  • Breaking glass ceilings: initiatives that enable all people opportunities to succeed in their chosen fields.
  • Political representation: initiatives that increase female representation through policy and public service.
  • Eliminating religious barriers that create unequal and/or separate playing fields for women: ensuring pluralistic interpretations of religion that do not infringe on women's rights or create barriers suppressing women.

Gender-Lens Programing
We use a gender lens in our grantmaking decisions. We look for programs that build on the unique strengths, perspectives, and experiences of women and girls and recognize that the needs of females may differ from those of males. Deliberate attention to gender is an important component of a gender sensitive program, and may occur in both a gender- specific (girls/women only) and coeducational environment.

Social Change
Social change philanthropy focuses on the root causes of problems, working to improve the conditions that lead to inequality. HF seeks to promote lasting change by addressing the underlying obstacles that impede the full participation of women and girls in society. This approach is unlike traditional charity, which often seeks to ameliorate 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.

We are interested in how your program influences and brings about change in: how an issue is defined, individuals’ behaviors, increasing community engagement, policies and systems, and/or maintaining past gains in these areas.

As part of this mission, we strongly encourage the active participation of women and girls in the governance of organizations that we support.


  • Organization Status: Applicants in Israel or their fiscal sponsors must have amutah or mossad tziburi status. Applicants in the United States or their fiscal sponsors must have 501(c)3 legal status.
  • Geography: Applicants in Israel must apply for funding for a program that takes place in Israel. Applicants in the United States must apply for a program that takes place in the United States.
  • Population: Programs in Israel may be directed toward all populations in Israel. Programs in the United States must have a portion of their programming directed to the Jewish community. Grants are awarded for programs that work with people of all ages. 
  • Joint Projects: Organizations may apply independently or in collaboration.
  • Current Grant Recipients: The Hadassah Foundation will fund the same program for a maximum of two, 2-year grants cycles (or up to four years in total.) An existing grant recipient can apply for a new grant for a different program that begins at the completion of their existing grant.

We will NOT fund:

  • Capital campaigns
  • Endowments
  • Partisan political activities
  • Direct service (e.g., treatment programs)
  • Individuals
  • Scholarships



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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!

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