OVERVIEW: The AFH Foundation primarily funds grantmaking related to Jewish causes.
IP TAKE: The foundation lacks transparency, which limits information available on its grantmaking priorities and activities.
PROFILE: The AFH Foundation was established in 2012. It was established by real estate investor Abe Hirsch and family. Abe Hirsch is a senior managing director of Meridian Capital Group, one of the nation's largest commercial real estate finance and advisory firms. The foundation does not maintain a website, which limits information available on its grantmaking priorities and activities. According to tax filings, the AFH Foundation primarily funds grantmaking related to Jewish causes.
The AFH Foundation recently directed a large grant to American Friends of Yeshiva D’Mir. The charity’s mission is primarily to raise funds for Israeli institutions of higher learning. Other recent big winners have included Mir Yerushalayim, a Yeshiva in Jersualem, and the Kleinman Holocaust Education Center.
Grants range from $1,800 to $100,000. In a recent fiscal year, the foundation gave away $484,300. Past grantees include Congregation Kol Torah, Chai Lifeline, Yeshiva Gedola of Passaic, Brooklyn Jewish Experience, and Agudath Israel of America, an Orthodox Jewish organization in the United States loosely affiliated with the international World Agudath Israel.
The AFH Foundation keeps a low profile and does not accept unsolicited proposals.
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