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January 14, 2016

Grants Roundup: Jim Joseph Foundation Awards $6.3 Million to 7 Jewish Organizations to Create New Learning Experiences

Here are notable new grants compiled by The Chronicle:

Jim Joseph Foundation

More than $6.3 million to seven organizations that help create Jewish learning experiences for youths, teens, and young adults in the United States. Grantees include Sefaria, which will receive up to $1.5 million as a matching grant to continue developing its interactive digital technology offering free access to a library of Hebrew texts, English translations, and commentaries. Another grantee is IKAR, on behalf of the Jewish Emergent Network, which will receive nearly $3.2 million to pilot a fellowship program in which 14 rabbis will spend two years learning from senior rabbis and others in seven "emergent Jewish communities."

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

$3.4 million over three years to the International Center for Journalists to expand the focus of its Knight International Journalism Fellows program. The new to include a focus on The grant will support 11 fellows devoted to sharing global journalism innovations with U.S. newsrooms. They will work in areas such as newsroom transformation, entrepreneurship, investigative and in-depth reporting, and audience engagement, then share lessons at major journalism events and in U.S. newsrooms.

Michigan Health Endowment Fund

$2.5 million to the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan to support programs that improve access to healthy food for seniors and children throughout southeastern Michigan. The funding will be used to start Healthy Food Connect, which aims to support educational and collaborative approaches that make healthy food available across the region.

Episcopal Health Foundation

A total of $1.9 million to eight organizations working to improve community health. Grantees include Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin, which received $1 million. The grant will be used to educate medical students and resident and practicing physicians about value-based health care and how to develop and implement new value-based, patient-centered care models.

Covenant Foundation

A total of $1.6 million to Jewish educational organizations and programs. Grantees range from museums and synagogues to high-tech classrooms and summer camps. They include the 14th Street Y in New York, which received $150,000 over three years to strengthen the downtown Manhattan Jewish community through inclusive public programs, and the Graduate Center for Jewish Education at American Jewish University in Bel Air, Calif., which received $100,000 over two years for Dream Lab, a program that cultivates "creative Jewish education."

Chicago Foundation for Women

A total of $1 million to nearly 50 Chicago nonprofits with a strong emphasis on strengthening economic security for girls and women. The grants will provide additional resources to organizations that mentor, train, and increase employment opportunities for low-income women or advocate for higher minimum wages, paid sick leave, and worker safety. Grantees include Upwardly Global, which works to help women refugees with marketable skills find jobs, and Access Living, which hosts a peer-networking support group for young African-American women who are disabled.

Genesis Philanthropy Group

$1 million to Hillel International to increase the Jewish student organization’s ability to serve Russian-speaking Jewish college students in North America, the former Soviet Union, Germany, and Israel.

Sharon D. Lund Foundation

$1 million to Ryman Arts, which provides free arts education to talented teens in Orange and Los Angeles counties. $500,000 will be used to provide operational support over the next several years and the remaining $500,000 will be set aside as a challenge to be matched by the local community.

Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation

Nearly $1 million to 46 organizations serving New York’s five boroughs through a variety of programs designed to strengthen access to the arts in communities. The Brooklyn Museum will receive a grant for its upcoming exhibition "We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-1985." Funding will also go to Working Artists and the Greater Economy for a program that supports efforts by nonprofits to pay artist’s fees.

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