Top Jewish Foundations and Their Philanthropic Giving


Jewish Foundations Giving 20% to Jewish Causes

Last week I wrote a post on Jewish Foundations Giving Only 20% to Jewish Causes.” A number of people were nice enough to comment and e-mail to let me know that when the report talked about Jewish organizations it referred to organizations founded by a Jew, and not necessarily those run as a Jewish community organizations.

Report on Jewish Foundational Giving

I’ve now read the report in the original, “A Study of Jewish Foundations” (of the Institute for Jewish and Community Research) and see that authors Gary Tobin and Aryeh Weinberg clearly define their terms. (My source did not.)

You can see the list of foundations below, sourced from pages 12 and 13 of the report.

Bringing You Primary Sources

As my blog develops, I am getting a better sense of my resources and will make every effort to share primary sources with you so that you can access them firsthand.

Presenting: The List

In no way is my presentation of this list intended to pass judgment on any of these foundations. Rather, consider this a user friendly guide to major foundations doing important work in the Jewish community and promoting Jewish values in the world.

Keep in mind that a small percentage of total funds given by a large foundation could still amount to a great deal of actual support. For example, the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation donates 52% of their annual funds to Jewish causes, but with a budget of $2 billion, this equals $52 million.

Here are the top Jewish foundations organized by the percent their organization gives to Jewish causes.

75%- 100%

  • Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, aiding vulnerable Jewish communities in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Avi Chai Foundation, perpetuating Judaism and the Jewish people, supporting the State of Israel
  • Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, Inc., encouraging young people’s appreciation of their Jewish history, heritage, and culture, and improving the quality of life in Israel
  • Charles E. Smith Family Foundation (unknown), read more about the Charles E. Smith Life Communities for older people
  • Charles and Lynn Schusterman Foundation, spreading the joy of Jewish living and learning
  • Ted Arison Family Foundation USA, Inc. (unknown), read more about Ted Arison (z”l)
  • Mandel Supporting Foundation, providing outstanding leadership to the nonprofit world
  • 50%- 75%

    25%- 50%

    Below 25%

    Foundations Choosing Not to Give to Jewish Causes

    Tobin and Weinberg recorded the following foundations as giving 0% to Jewish causes in 2004/2005, when their records were taken: the Weil Family Foundation, the Broad Foundation, the Annenberg Foundation (with $2.5 billion in assets), and the George Kaiser Family Foundation.

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    Photo Credit

    Photo sourced from JTA’s original article on foundations here.

    33 Responses to Top Jewish Foundations and Their Philanthropic Giving

    1. AmiV says:

      It is interesting that Israel is not seen as the primary donation destination. At least not as much as it was in the past. Maybe it is a good sign of new Israeli prosperity and less of a need for philanthropy. But I keep seeing signs on the roads here “A million people hungry in silence” (translated from Hebrew) ~ maybe with less tourism from world Jews, less awareness of what is going in in Israel on a daily life, we can call it one contributor. Anyway, there are still lots of Israelis who do not have the ‘good life’. Now that Israel is a little quieter in the press, specially in the Jewish press, maybe it’s time to make some noise. AmiV [] ~

      ps. Israel is certainly getting to be a nicer place all the time, but there are still some people who need help.

      • Michael Podolski says:

        First of all Israel is a terrible place for new immigrants, specialy for adults. The poverty is everywere,you just have to live here and not judge from an forghin viewpoint.

        • bob brown says:

          Somewhere far away there is a planet where you find your information. In a recent study, Israelis reported being the 7th happiest societ in the world. Their economy is booming!

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    3. Yitzhak Levi says:

      Thank You for this priceless list. G-d Bless & keep up the good work! Isaac

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      My pleasure, Isaac. I hope you find use for it with your work in Barcelona. Please keep me updated as to how you are progressing.



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    6. Mattias says:

      Thanks for this list. Just a quick edit: “For example, the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation donates 52% of their annual funds to Jewish causes, but with a budget of $2 billion, this equals $52 million.” 52% of $2 billion is $520 million. (probably a typo!)

    7. Donna Greenberg says:

      Are there any foundations who can help support a 95 year old woman stay at home, money needed for care givers, instead of going to an Old People’s Home?

      • Maya Norton says:

        Hi Donna,

        Where in the world are you? What else can you tell me about the specific situation that will better help me answer your question (i.e. are you specifically inquiring about Jewish organizations)? Your first step should be to inquire with local social service organizations.

        ~ Maya

        The New Jew: Microblog on Facebook (

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      sir i am stuck in a big financial problem will you please help me to come out of this situation.

    9. David says:

      Are there any foundations who would assist an organization that I work for, we are trying to give the religious Jews tools to all reach out and share our heritage with those who are unaffilliated, and not just leave it to the proffesionals?

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