Deegan Foundation: New York and Tri-State Funders

OVERVIEW:  The Deegan Foundation aims to engage lecturers who are torah scholars to reach people not affiliated with orthodox Judaism and instill in them a desire to adopt and practice the orthodox Jewish religion.

IP TAKE: The foundation lacks transparency, which limits information available on its grantmaking priorities and activities.

PROFILE: The Deegan Foundation was established in 2003. It was established by real estate investor Berl Jacobowitz, associated with companies like Wythe Gardens LLC and Carnegie Management in Brooklyn, New York. While the foundation does not maintain a website, recent tax returns briefly outline the foundation’s grantmaking aims. According to these filings, the foundation aims to engage lecturers who are torah scholars to reach people not affiliated with orthodox Judaism and instill in them a desire to adopt and practice the orthodox Jewish religion.

Grants range from below $2,000 and top out at $160,000. In a recent fiscal year, the foundation gave away approximately $924,000. Past grantees include Bais Yaakov, a school for girls,Yeshivas Mir, Congregation Bais Mordache Classon, Congregation Yetev Lev and Central UTA School, a private Jewish school located in Brooklyn.

The Deegan Foundation keeps a low profile and does not accept unsolicited proposals.

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CONTACT:

The Deegan Foundation
PO Box 110484
Brooklyn, NY 11211