Our Grants

Our grants reflect the richness and complexity of our mission.

We are funding programs to combat trafficking into and in Israel.

We are helping female asylum seekers locally fleeing the threat of gender-based violence.

We are supporting programs for teens and young adults that raise awareness about healthy relationships
and prevent future generations from suffering abuse, And the list goes on.


Our grants are transforming our communities

Self-esteem

More than 250 girls gained leadership skills through a Jewishly-framed educational program that met every month for three years.

Economic empowerment

Low-income Israeli women started their businesses so they could feed their families through our support of micro-enterprise initiatives.

Advocacy

Latina women were taught to advocate for themselves and their children to fight poverty, gender inequity and racism in their communities.

Relationships

Teens are learning to recognize controlling and abusive relationships, such as bullying and sexual harassment, through a program called It’s Not Love.

Employment

Women who are facing age and gender discrimination when searching for a job participated in employment training.

Legal rights

We’ve helped women whose husbands deny them a divorce in Israel gain freedom.

Underneath the numbers is where the real story lies

Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse occurs in the Jewish community at the same rate as the general population.

Rebecca, a Jewish 17-year-old, participated in an interactive program called “It’s Not Love,” that helps teens learn the signs of abusive relationships and rethink how to handle unhealthy situations for themselves, their friends and their family. As a direct result of this program, it became clear to Rebecca that her dad’s behavior at home was abusive. She successfully persuaded her mom to seek help, ultimately leading to a safer, happier environment for herself, her mom, and her younger siblings.

CASA de Maryland

Abuse among domestic workers occurs even in high profile households.

Martha’s heart filled with excitement as she boarded the plane to America with her new employer, a diplomat. What an opportunity – she would work in his home, caring for his children and doing light house cleaning. Or so she was told. Upon her arrival in the US, everything changed. Martha was forced to cook, clean and scrub for 16-hours a day, six days a week, hardly ever allowed to leave the house. Exhausted and heartbroken, she had nowhere to turn. Until she learned about CASA de Maryland. The group – made up primarily of volunteer women who had been victims themselves – helped coordinate her escape. Without their organized effort, offering physical protection, legal guidance and hope, leaving would have been virtually impossible. Six years later, Martha leads rescues for other women and lobbies on Capitol Hill for domestic worker rights. Her volunteer work at CASA de Maryland has helped countless women.

Young Women Politicians

Nitzan Senior, journalist and entrepreneur. Nitzan is leading the #SheVotes campaign which is being supported through “Achot, Shtayim, Shalosh”, a grantee of Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation.

Nitzan Senior established "Young Women Politicians", a socio-political enterprise whose goal is to encourage young women to become politicians. Today in Israel, women make up 28% of elected officials on the state level, and 14% on the local level—very low percentages. When women are not around the decision-making table, their voices are not being heard. In most cases politicians will not promote the interests of a group that is not present.

" Through the women’s activist forum “Achot, Shtayim, Shalosh” I won a grant to support my initiative. This has enabled us to get guidance in planning, strategy, graphic design, logistics and promotion. It is the first time we have launched a campaign and the support we received throughout the process has helped us to create a convincing and professional campaign. I hope that in the next election we will find that more women voted and more women are elected! "

In 2018, we awarded $200,000 in grants in the metro Washington, DC area and Israel to these
4 issue areas:

  • INCREASE WOMEN’S VOICE THROUGH LEADERSHIP AND ADVOCACY = $93,000
    Avodah (local) - $12,000

    This grant for Avodah DC provides funding for the Jewish Service Corps as well as alumni of the program who continue living and working for social justice in the Washington, D.C. area. The Service Corps, comprised of primarily women participants, trains and supports young social justice leaders. Participants emerge from the program with a nuanced understanding of the ways that domestic poverty intersects with gender, sexual orientation, race, and other factors. By empowering Jewish women in DC each year, the program helps to increase women’s leadership across many fields, both within and beyond the Jewish community. Grantee for 5 years (not consecutive).

    Jews United for Justice (local) - $15,000
    This grant funds A Better Social Contract: Paid Family Leave, Affordable Housing, and a More Just Montgomery County. Through their campaigns In DC and Montgomery County, JUFJ promotes a more just DC region by working for policies that disproportionately affect women. JUFJ develops strong feminist leaders as women grassroots volunteers who drive most of their programs and work bringing systemic change to our region. Grantee for 6 years (not consecutive).

    The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) (Israel) - $14,000

    Desegregating Public Spaces in Israel seeks to eradicate the increasing barriers that are impeding women and girls’ participation in the Israeli public sphere through litigation and raising public awareness. The increased gender segregation in public life has resulted from the increasing integration of the ultra-orthodox population in many arenas including academia and the workforce. Israel’s accommodation of the ultra-orthodox sector is leading to institutionalized discrimination against Israeli women. First year grantee.

    Israel Women’s Network (Israel) - $14,000

    Fighting Exclusion—Increasing Equality seeks to halt and eliminate all forms of exclusion of women from public spaces in Israel, focusing on the IDF. IWN will promote policy, legislation and enforcement policies that eliminate the institutionalized exclusion of women in the IDF, participate in a coalition that encourages educators to publicly protest exclusionary policies, present information regarding cases of exclusion in the IDF to members of the Knesset and other policy makers, and raise public awareness. Grantee for 5 years.

    We Power (Israel) - $14,000

    his project, Local Councils 2018—Regional College for Politics, aims to ensure that more women leaders are elected. We Power provides women candidates with training, support, the tools and know-how during and after the election process. Through a Coalition of major women’s organizations it founded, We Power seeks to mobilize more than 3000 women and successfully encourage them to compete for political office in the municipal elections. Once candidates are elected, We Power will provide training, support and networking for them to be successful in the political sphere. Past grantee for 4 years (not consecutive).

    Adva Center (Israel) - $14,000

    Numbers Are Not Enough: Women Politicians Need a Progressive Feminist Agenda is a new initiative to train incumbent and aspiring female politicians on feminist thought and provide them with an understanding of the implications of policies on women and girls. With this knowledge women leaders will be equipped with the knowledge to work for changes to benefit the diversity of women. The goal is to a real increase in women’s political power and greater gender equality. Grantee for 8 years.

    Anu – Making Change (Israel) - $10,000

    This grant supports the Women’s Activist Forum: “Achot, Shtayim, Shalosh”, established in 2017, to consolidate a visible and influential feminist activist community to take joint action. Through the provision of training and Anu’s action toolkit, Forum participants will advance their campaigns addressing a broad array of issues and bring about long-term improvements. Anu is also reaching out to women in the periphery and establishing local branches. Grantee for 4 years.
  • FREE WOMEN FROM VIOLENCE AND ABUSE = $82,000
    Tahirih Justice Center (local low-income immigrant) - $20,000

    Protecting Immigrant Women and Girls Fleeing Violence provides access to justice for low-income female asylum-seekers fleeing gender-based violence. Attorneys represent women and girls and their cases may help set legal precedent. They provide training for professionals in the community who, particularly in an environment with rapidly changing administrative policies, often lack current information and understanding of the legal remedies available. Through the provision of legal services, policy advocacy to promote systemic change, education and outreach, Tahirih protects one of the most vulnerable population groups in our society. Grantee for 6 years.

    Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (JCADA) (local) - $15,000

    The JCADA AWARE program teaches young people to recognize and avoid unhealthy relationships. AWARE uses interactive models to create an open environment for discussion while teaching young people, parents and educators the signs of unhealthy relationships and the tools to help themselves or friends. The goal of the program is to break the cycle of abuse. Dating violence prevention workshops are presented at public and private schools, camps, and other youth organizations. Grantee for 11 years.

    Sacred Spaces (local) - $18,000

    Safeguarding Synagogues seeks to empower a cross-denominational cohort of DC-area synagogues to become healthy spaces where sexual abuse and assault are actively prevented and immediately addressed. Sacred Spaces will provide the participating synagogues with the tools and guidance to develop and implement substantial abuse-prevention measures and develop protocol for responding to complaints. Sacred Spaces focus on changing institutional culture through concrete policies and training, thereby reducing opportunities for abuse and helping synagogues respond appropriately if incidents do occur. First year grantee.

    Asian Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (local low-income immigrant) - $12,000

    The Voicing the Unspoken: Addressing Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in the Asian/Pacific Islander Community addresses domestic violence and sexual assault in the metropolitan DC area’s Asian/Pacific Islander community by leveraging culturally and linguistically accessible and appropriate outreach strategies, including workshops and presentations, while enabling survivors to rebuild their lives. The outreach program focuses on preventing domestic abuse and sexual assault by shifting community dialogue and traditional beliefs through education of adults and youth, training and promoting awareness in the community. Grantee for 3 years.

    Kayan Feminist Organization (Israel) - $14,000

    Ending Violence Against Arab Women in Israel From a Holistic Grassroots Approach addresses the root causes of violence against Arab women in Israel. The project seeks to break the taboos for open discussion, empower women to report violations, create a supportive environment for women to speak out against violence, support women and youth become community leaders in the effort to end violence against women. Kayan aims to make eliminating violence against women on the community agenda and challenge societal norms that accept violence as a tool to control women. First year grantee.

    Haifa Rape Crisis Center (Israel) - $3,000

    #FreeConsent: Teen Leadership Talking About Sexual Violence encourages teenagers to become leaders in their community in condemning sexual violence and working with their peers to end it. The teen-led advocacy focuses on bettering the lives of girls by fighting gender biases and gender-based violence. Grantee for 4 years.
  • PROMOTE PEACE BY BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS AMONG WOMEN FROM DIVERSE COMMUNITIES
    AND BACKGROUNDS =$15,000
    Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom (local) - $12,000

    This project, Responding to Hate: Training Muslim and Jewish Women in Spiritual Activism, is a one-day workshop for the Jewish and Muslim members of local DC chapters to develop the skills and confidence to respond to hate through spiritual activism. Spiritual activism is creating social change with a spirit of compassion and a faith-based platform. Chapter members are eager to respond to the hatred that they see surrounding them, their sisters and their communities. Grantee for 2 years.

    Together Beyond Words (Israel) - $3,000

    Together Beyond Words uses a theater ensemble to enable young Israeli Arab and Jewish women to work together as change agents for peace. Funding of the program From Stage to Change lll: Cultivating Young Jewish and Arab Women Students’ Leadership in Working for Women’s Empowerment and for Intercultural Understanding in Israel supports implementation of the program building relationships and trust between young Arab and Jewish women college students and empowering them with leadership skills. Grantee for 4 years.
  • IMPROVE ECONOMIC STATUS FOR WOMEN AND THEIR FAMILIES=$10,000
    Florence Crittenton Services of Greater Washington (local low-income immigrant) - $10,000

    Positive Youth Development Programs for Immigrant Teen Girls in Montgomery County, MD provides school-based, positive youth development programs for 6th-12th grade girls from low-income, largely immigrant families that enable them to break the cycle of poverty. The programs encourage girls to stay in school, avoid pregnancy, graduate from high school, and go on to college and careers. In the 2018-2019 school year these programs will serve 225 teen girls. Grantee for 5 years.

Our Grants by Year

Apply for a Grant

TOWF offers unrestricted support (including capacity building and general operating support) to organizations that are inspired by Jewish values, utilize a gender lens in all aspects of their work, and aim to create social change. Grants are also awarded for new or existing programs that meet these criteria.

TOWF will distribute an RFP on October 17, 2018. The submission deadline for RFPs is Wednesday November 28, 2018 by 5:00pm EST. You must submit your Letter of Inquiry (LOI) electronically by completing this form.

This year, TOWF will consider funding programs in the Washington, DC. metropolitan area involving Jewish and/or low-immigrant women and girls that address, but are not limited to, the following issues:

  • Building advocacy on the front lines of current issues affecting women and girls
  • Protecting the rights of low-income immigrant women and girls
  • Mobilizing the next generation of girls and young women for political leadership and action
  • Improving civil discourse in a polarized society
  • Pre-selected organizations in Israel addressing social change for women and girls.

Preference in Israel will be given to programs that are operating on a national or regional level and/or can serve as a model to be replicated in other parts of the country.

The Foundation reviews applications by late January. At that time, selected organizations will be invited to submit a proposal.

Thank you for considering the Foundation as a prospective partner in your work. We encourage you to review the information regarding social change for women and girls before beginning the application process.

This will assist you in understanding how we will be reviewing your proposal.

For more information, please contact the Foundation at 301-348-7376 or shera.sacks@shalomdc.org

Creating Social Change

The Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation of Greater Washington creates social change for women and girls. Our social change philanthropy addresses the root causes of systemic injustices.

Organizations We Fund

TOWF funds 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

The typical grant size is $10,000-$15,000.

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.

Grant Cycle Schedule

2018
  • October - RFP released
  • November - Letters of inquiry due
  • January - Selected organizations will be invited to submit a proposal
2019
  • February – full proposals due
  • March/April - Local DC site visits and Israel virtual site visits
  • June - Announcement of grant awards
  • July - Grants begin

Our Grants by Year