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Grant FAQs

How do we know whether we should apply to TOWF for a grant?

If you feel that the work of your organization and strategy for implementing your social change objectives are a fit for our funding criteria then you can apply by submitting a Letter of Inquiry.

The Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation will distribute RFPs for the 2018 – 2019 grant cycle; inquiries from Israel-based organizations will be accepted by invitation only. If you have any questions, please contact TOWF’s executive director at 301-348-7376 or karen.paul@shalomdc.org. You may also view funding criteria and guidelines.

What does creating social change mean?

In terms of one’s commitment to giving, we make the distinction between making a gift and making an investment. Both are important and necessary for the vibrancy of a community. The Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation is committed to investing in a program that creates systemic or policy change to address the root causes of challenges faced by girls and women.

For example, we don’t fund emergency services for victims of domestic violence. What we do fund are the prevention programs to reduce the incidence of domestic violence. That’s social change. We’re getting at the root cause and changing systems and behavior. This philanthropy means that it may be years before we see a difference in what we are seeking to change.

How long is the grants cycle?

Our grants cycle begins in the fall and we make final decisions on grants in the beginning of June.

Do you fund internationally?

Yes, we award grants in Israel.

How large are your grants?

Grant amounts have historically ranged between $2,000 and $30,000. The typical grant is between $10,000 and $15,000.

Do you make grants to individuals or for scholarships?

No, the Foundation does not make loans, fund political campaigns or activities, award scholarships/tuition reimbursements, provide sponsorships, or buy tickets/tables for special events as part of its grantmaking program.

Does TOWF commit to repeat or multi-year funding?

Yes, we have funded organizations over multiple years, after being evaluated each year.

We have missed the deadline for your annual grants program. Do you have discretionary or emergency funds we can apply for?

We are unable to accept proposals outside of the current grants cycle. Please consider submitting a Letter of Intent through our next annual Grants Cycle.

Is it possible to schedule a meeting when our nonprofit visits Washington, DC?

We would be happy to meet with a representative from your organization. Please contact us to set up a meeting.

You refer to “Pre-Selected Organizations” in your grantmaking criteria. How does an organization become pre-selected?

Israel-based organizations must be pre-selected through an interview process. Please contact us for more information.