Seed the Dream Foundation: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: The Seed the Dream Foundation strives to advance well-being through educational access, advocacy, and awareness. The foundation's grantmaking includes support of charters, and after school and arts programming. Supporting the Jewish educational outfits is a top priority. 

IP TAKE: The foundation has a strong web presence, and provides grant guidelines for applicants. Seed the Dream invites a small number of eligible organizations to submit Letters of Inquiry. 

PROFILE: At the start of the decade, Susquehanna International Group founder Joel Greenberg and his wife, Marcy Gringlas, established Seed the Dream Foundation. Joel Greenberg has backed education reform groups and once served as a director of American Federation for Children, a national organization that supports the growth of charter schools and school voucher legislation.

Seed the Dream Foundation lists three initiatives: educational access, educational advocacy, and educational awareness. The foundation's educational access focus area centers on helping underserved populations in the United States, Israel, and Africa. A few years ago, Greenberg and Marcy via their Seed the Dream Foundation gave a $1 million gift toPlay On, Philly!, a West Philadelphia after-school classical music program. Marcy trained as a violinist. Stateside, the foundation's work includes supporting KIPP in Philadelphia, and chess programming at Russell Byers Charter School. Abroad, a grant given by the foundation went towards launching the first KIPP network of schools in Israel. As another example, the Seed The Dream Foundation supports Migdal Ohr, which "provides quality education and social guidance to children from underprivileged and troubled homes across Israel." 

Seed the Dream's Educational Advocacy initiative "funds programs that educate about, advocate for, and promote life-long connections to Israel." Seed the Dream is involved with Birthright Israel, and the Birthright Israel Enhancement Collaborative Program (BICEP). Other support includes StandWithUs, an "international non-profit organization that supports, educates and advocates, for Israel around the world and across college campuses"; and Gershman Y’s Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival. It's worth noting that the couple's daughter has an interest in film and directed a short film about the Holocaust. 

The foundation's Educational Awareness initiative "supports programs and organizations dedicated to preserving the memory of victims, disseminating knowledge of the Holocaust to future generations, and providing assistance to victims of discrimination." The foundation supports outfits like Yahad-In Unum, a Paris-based organization dedicated to identifying and documenting sites of mass executions of Jews in Eastern Europe during World War II, and recording interviews of eyewitnesses to these crimes; and Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia’s program to provide increased home care needs for aging Holocaust survivors. The foundation also established Cuba’s first permanent Holocaust exhibit. 

Seed the Dream invites a small number of eligible organizations to submit Letters of Inquiry, which are reviewed on a rolling basis. For a complete look at guidelines for applicants, click here. In a recent tax year, the foundation gave away around $7 million.


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