he Hadassah Foundation, which seeks to augment the work of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, by improving the status, health and well-being of women and girls in the United States and Israel, has awarded grants this year totaling $284,000, and is now in the process of distributing those funds, announced Marcie Natan, National President of Hadassah, and Donna Gerson, newly-elected Foundation Board Chair.
The 2012 grant recipients include organizations in both the United States and Israel that support women’s empowerment, financial literacy and workplace equality. In Israel, grants were awarded to Bar Ilan University’s Rackman Center for the Advancement of Women’s Status, the Center for Jewish-Arab Economic Development, the Center for Women’s Justice, Economic Empowerment for Women in Israel, Itach, IT Works, Negev Institute, Olim BeYachad, Shatil, Supportive Community, Women’s Spirit, and Yedid. The Hadassah Foundation is also one of 17 American women’s philanthropy funds contributing to the newly-formed Jewish Women’s Collaborative to focus on specific issues pertaining to women in Israeli society.
In the U.S., the Hadassah Foundation focused on women and girls’ empowerment through grants to Avodah, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, Jewish Women International, Keshet, Moving Traditions, and Shalom Bayit.
“We are honored and delighted to support worthy women’s causes in the United States and Israel,” Gerson said. “Hadassah has always stood for women’s rights, education and empowerment. Our foundation follows this tradition with our philanthropic mission, and we look forward to continuing to support the world-changing work of these phenomenal organizations.”
The Hadassah Foundation is dedicated to refocusing the priorities of the Jewish community through funding innovative and creative projects that serve women and girls from diverse cultural groups within Israel and the Jewish community in the United States. The foundation is a philanthropic pioneer in the fields of economic security for low-income Israeli women and leadership and self-esteem programs for adolescent Jewish girls and young women in the United States. Since 2000, the Hadassah Foundation has awarded grants totaling $5.7 million to 60 nonprofit organizations.