OVERVIEW: The Moses Feldman Family Foundation concentrates its rights-related grantmaking on social justice, education, and human services.
IP TAKE: This is a small family funder that is fairly approachable when connecting with its executive director. Feldman favors larger international organizations in its rights funding.
PROFILE: Based in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, the Feldman Foundation was established by Jacob Feldman in 1946. It initially supported Jewish causes in Dallas and charitable projects in Israel. Under the direction of Feldman’s sons, the organization has since expanded its grantmaking to support additional causes. In 2004, the Feldman Foundation became the Moses Feldman Family Foundation.
While Israel and Jewish causes remain a strong area of funding interest for the foundation, it also supports human rights projects through its Social Justice, Education and Human Services grantmaking program. That program funds efforts to strengthen civic leadership, help marginalized populations gain self-sufficiency, and fight “hate and bigotry.” Areas of specific interest here include combatting poverty, advancing women and children’s health globally, and promoting tolerance.
The foundation’s Israel program also has a rights angle in that it aims to “build and sustain a strong, secure, and equitable society in Israel.” Main areas of grantmaking interest include strengthening Israeli-Arab relations in Israel and throughout the Middle East; advocating for increased diplomacy between the U.S. and Israel; and promoting diplomacy between Israel and the rest of the world.
Foundation-wide, grants can range from $10,000 to $400,000, although most grants fall between $15,000 and $50,000. The Moses Feldman Family Foundation does not accept unsolicited requests for funding or grant applications. Those that have been invited to submit a full proposal must have them in by February to be considered for funding at the April grants meeting. However, the foundation's website explains that it accepts grant requests “at other times of the year at its discretion."
- Susannah McQuillan, Executive Director