OVERVIEW: This women’s funding group is part of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and awards grants to local programs related to economic security, legal reform, health and well-being, education and leadership development. All support benefits women and girls.
FUNDING AREAS: Women & girls, economic security, legal reform, health and well-being, education and 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. Past local grants have been between $20,000 and $35,000.
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 promote 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.
The group takes a hands-on approach to philanthropy, in which members personally direct where funds are spent. Each year, Women of Vision requests grant proposals in its areas of interest: 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. Programs that help women and girls access opportunities and reach their full potential are favored as well. Women’s and children’s advocacy organizations frequently see this funder’s support. In a past grant cycle, Women of Vision awarded three local grants in Philadelphia totaling $92,000.
A grants committee meets five times per year to review grantmaking policies and procedures, review applications, conduct site visits, and make recommendations. There is also an advocacy and education committee, and a membership and fundraising committee. Women of Vision also hosts events that address topics like the challenges that young women face at universities.
This is one of seven groups where like-minded members of the local Jewish community come together to make connections and give back to the region. Women’s Philanthropy is another one of seven groups that are part of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. Rather than engaging in direct grantmaking, this particular group offers educational, social, and fundraising events. It raises over $5 million each year to contribute to the Jewish Federation.
To get in touch, contact Project Director Susan Lundy at (215) 832-0849 or email@example.com or Manager Iris Leon at (215) 832-0549 or Ileon@Jewishphilly.org. You can also sign up for the group’s newsletter to stay informed about upcoming events and opportunities.
- Iris Leon, Manager of Women of Vision
- Susan Lundy, Project Director of Women of Vision
- Penni F. Blaskey, Chair of Women of Vision