The Jewish Women’s Foundation of New Jersey (JWF) was created in 2006 as a collaborative “hands-on” philanthropy, dedicated to the advancement of women and girls both locally and in Israel. JWF members include women of all ages and Jewish backgrounds, united by their Jewish values and shared passion for a world in which women and girls can live in healthy, supportive and safe environments with equal opportunity for economic, religious, social and political achievement. Recent funding cycles have addressed: preventing violence against women, supportive services for developmentally challenged women and girls, helping vulnerable women take charge of their health, and supporting high-risk female populations.
Membership dues create a funding pool from which innovative and evidence-based grants are made to qualified non-profit organizations (not individuals), each year. Organizations may be Jewish or secular. Projects must work to create and sustain programs and projects that benefit women and girls, allowing them to realize their full potential.
Each member has an equal voice in the grantmaking process and is encouraged to review applications and participate in on-site visits. JWF also provides education on vital issues affecting women and girls; engages in advocacy, and encourages new members.