NET WORTH: Unknown
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Susquehanna International Group
JEWISH FUNDING AREAS: Educational Access, Advocacy & Awareness
OVERVIEW: Joel Greenberg and his wife Marcy Gringlas established the Seed the Dream Foundation, which is focused on educational access, awareness and advocacy. The foundation's three initiatives support Jewish educational causes, with an interest in Israel and Holocaust awareness. Greenberg sits on the board of Hillel International.
BACKGROUND: Joel Greenberg is a founder of Susquehanna International Group, a global quantitative trading firm headquartered in the Philadelphia area.
EDUCATIONAL ACCESS: Seed the Dream Foundation lists three initiatives: educational access, educational advocacy, and educational awareness. Via these focuses, the foundation supports Jewish educational causes. The eductional access area centers on underserved populations in the United States, Israel and Africa. While much of this work takes place outside the Jewish community, Seed the Dream has supported places like Leo Baeck Education Center. A grant given by the foundation went towards launch of the first KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) network of schools in Israel. Another grantee is Migdal Ohr, which "provides quality education and social guidance to children from underprivileged and troubled homes across Israel."
EDUCATIONAL ADVOCACY: 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," Gershman Y’s Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, and Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s Israel 360 Program, which sends "young professionals on a 10-day Israel experience with pre-and post-trip programming."
EDUCATIONAL AWARENESS: Seed the Dream also "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.
LOOKING FORWARD: Greenberg, Marcy and the young Seed the Dream Foundation should be watched for greater giving in the coming years, particularly in the realm of Jewish education. For a complete overview of this funder read our Wall Street profile of Joel Greenberg.