Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s Women of Vision

OVERVIEW: Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s Women of Vision is a women’s funding group is part of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. It awards grants to local women and girls’ programs related to economic security, legal reform, health and well-being, education and leadership development.

FUNDING AREAS: Women and girls, economic security, legal reform, health and well-being, education, leadership development

IP TAKE: There are two groups affiliated with this Philadelphia Jewish organization, but only one of them makes grants. Get to know the grantmaker, Women of Vision.

PROFILE: There is a women’s grantmaking group that’s part of the Jewish Federation of Great Philadelphia called Women of Vision. This is a group of local women that promotes positive change for Jewish women and girls in both Greater Philadelphia and Israel. Women of Vision makes grants each year to programs that promise to be innovative, impactful, and transformative. Women of Vision aims to “support justice and social change through hands-on philanthropy and grantmaking.” Grantmaking areas of interest include women and girls, economic security, legal reform, health and well-being, education, and leadership development.

The group takes a hands-on approach to philanthropy, in which members personally direct where funds are spent. In the past, Women of Vision has requested grant proposals in its areas of interest, which include economic security, legal reform, health and well-being, education and leadership development. All funding goes to efforts that support women and girls. Proposals are vetted, recommended to the membership, and voted on. Social justice and change are top priorities for this women’s funding group. The funder also favors programs that help women and girls access opportunities and reach their full potential. Women’s and children’s advocacy organizations frequently see this funder’s support.

Past local grants have been between $20,000 and $35,000. In a past grant cycle, Women of Vision awarded three local grants in Philadelphia totaling $92,000. Grantmaking is restricted to the Philadelphia region. A grants committee typically meets several times per year to review grantmaking policies and procedures, review applications, conduct site visits, and make recommendations.

It does not appear that this funding group accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. A grantseeker’s best point of contact is Iris Leon at (215) 832-0549 or Ileon@Jewishphilly.org.

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