Recently, the Jewish community has spent considerable time reflecting on the variety of ways we might support organizations within our community that have moved beyond the start-up phase. These organizations have reshaped how we engage with Judaism and have sparked innovation and growth in our community, as highlighted in the 2008 Innovation Ecosystem survey published by Jumpstart. Today, a significant number of these start-up organizations are entering their next stage of development, which presents new challenges and opportunities.
This year, The Samuel Bronfman Foundation helped to sponsor the recently published Abundant Harvest Report, generated by Bikkurim: An Incubator for New Jewish Ideas, which offered a comprehensive study of the need of these second stage organizations for support tailored to their current stage of organizational development. In order to address this need in the Jewish community, The Samuel Bronfman Foundation is formally launching a Second Stage Growth Fund. For the details of this fund, please see our website. We hope our fund will help focus discussions among non-profit professionals and their boards about sustainable growth and how to help their organization successfully negotiate the transition into the post start-up phase.
We know that this fund alone will not provide all of the resources necessary for a comprehensive solution, but we're excited to work with organizations that have thought creatively about their growth and how to address their next stage of development. We would greatly appreciate you circulating this information to those who would be interested in applying.
We look forward to sharing our learning and continuing the conversation with you.
This past year, The Samuel Bronfman Foundation invited a select number of past and present grantees to apply for one-year, project specific grants. Although the foundation prides itself on our signature strategy of long-term, general operating grant making, we also want to highlight projects that are charting a new course for Jewish engagement.
This cohort of organizations embodies the creative ways that innovation in the Jewish community can inspire a renaissance of Jewish life. We believe that these programs taken together are true exemplars of the four pillars of The Samuel Bronfman Foundation mission, embodying the values of Jewish learning, engagement with youth, Jewish pluralism and Jewish peoplehood. The Foundation is pleased to congratulate our grant recipients:
Mechon Hadar, High School Summer Program
In this new 6-week program, a select group of high school students will join the larger Yeshivat Hadar. Over the course of six weeks, students will form close relationships based on openness and give-and-take with Jewish texts, their teachers, and each other.
American Jewish World Service, Volunteer Summer Program
A program of service, study and personal growth, through which high school and college students spend seven weeks abroad doing pluralistic service learning and manual labor in Africa, Asia and the Americas.
Save a Child's Heart, Young Leadership Program
The Young Leadership Program in Israel coordinates outreach, awareness, advocacy and fundraising campaigns to help Israeli youth understand Israel as a vehicle for Tikkun Olam. The program also encompasses a global network of students and young professionals representing SACH on their campuses and in their communities.
Keshet, Parent and Family Connection.
Through this program, parents of LGBT Jews who seek support are paired with mentors within their community who have successfully navigated this process and are familiar with the unique challenges and opportunities that their children will face.
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