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Grant Guidelines

Defining Social Change

The Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation funds programs that create social change for women and girls.  For the Foundation, social change philanthropy focuses on the root causes of social and economic injustices and supports organizations that are getting to the root causes of problems instead of only addressing the symptoms.

When reviewing applications from potential grantees, the Foundation uses the “Four Shifts of Social Change”  to help evaluate a potential grantee’s social impact.

Organizations We Fund

The Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation will distribute RFPs for the 2018 – 2019 grant cycle. For Israel-based organizations, letters of inquiry will be by invitation only. Please contact TOWF to answer any questions you have regarding the Foundation’s grant-making program by calling 301-348-7376.

In the 2018 – 2019 grant cycle, TOWF will fund:

Organizations creating social change for:

  • Jewish women and girls in the Washington, DC metropolitan area;
  • Low-income immigrant women and girls in the Washington, DC metropolitan area;
  • Women and girls in Israel. (By invitation only.)

Grant Amounts

In the past, TOWF grants have ranged from $1,000 to $30,000; the typical grant size is $10,000-$15,000. Please review the list of our past and current grantees to see the average size and amount of the grants awarded in the past.

Eligibility and Restrictions

Grants are made only to tax-exempt organizations that qualify under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Grants are not made to individuals.

The Foundation does not:

  • Support university faculty chairs, endowments, capital campaigns, or building funds.
  • Make loans, fund political campaigns or activities, award scholarships/tuition reimbursements, provide sponsorships, or buy tickets/tables for special events as part of its grant-making program.

The Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation cannot support all eligible projects. Please take the time to review our guidelines thoroughly to determine if your organization, program, project, or initiative meets the Foundation’s criteria.

Selection Process and Reporting

On October 31, 2017, Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation will distribute an RFP and letter of inquiry applications (LOIs) for the 2018 – 2019 grant cycle. Israel-based organizations will be invited to submit by invitation only. After reviewing proposals, the Foundation will invite selected organizations to schedule a site visit and submit a proposal. Full proposals are reviewed by Foundation trustees, who make final funding recommendations. Organizations will be notified about final funding decisions by email.

After a grant has been awarded, grantees will be required to write a short mid-term report and/or attend a midterm meeting to discuss progress. A final report/evaluation will be due at the end of the grant period. Grantees may be asked to host an additional site visit during the grant period.

Grant Cycle Schedule

November RFP released
December Letters of inquiry due
January Selected organizations will be invited to submit a proposal
March/April Local DC site visits and Israel virtual site visits
June Announcement of grant awards
July Grants begin