Manny Friedman and Kindy French

NET WORTH: Unknown

SOURCE OF WEALTH: EJF Capital 

JEWISH FUNDING AREAS: Young adults, community building

OVERVIEW: Manny Friedman and his wife Kindy French established the Emanuel J. Friedman (EJF) Philanthropies to serve as the umbrella for their charitable giving in their core areas of interest. One of EJF Philanthropies’ commitments is to creating and sustaining vibrant Jewish life. Interests include day schools and yeshivot in the Washington, D.C., region, and Jewish arts and culture. Notably, another area of funding is “Creating a Healthier Food System,” which encompasses sourcing of kosher meats.

BACKGROUND: Emanuel "Manny" Friedman received a B.A. in Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a JD from Georgetown University. Friedman began his career in 1973 at Legg Mason Wood Walker. He is also a founder of Friedman, Billings, Ramsey Group, Inc., now known as Arlington Asset Investment Corp, and FBR Capital Markets. Friedman went on to cofound EJF Capital, an investment management firm based in Arlington, Virginia.

EJF PHILANTHROPIES: Manny Friedman and his wife Kindy French established the Emanuel J. Friedman (EJF) Philanthropies to serve as the umbrella for their charitable giving. EJF Philanthropies has several interest areas; Vibrant Jewish Life among them. EJF Philanthropies states that it is "committed to creating and sustaining vibrant Jewish life now and for generations to come." 

To that end, EJF Philanthropies focuses its support on young adult Jewish communities and programs, with recent support to Gather DC, MetroMinyan at Washington Hebrew Congregation, Moishe House, Reboot, and Sixth & I (of which Friedman and French’s daughter is a member of the Board of Directors).

EJF Philanthropies also focuses on Jewish Innovation in Washington, D.C., teaming up with Slingshot to offer mini-grants to area nonprofits working in this sector.

More broadly, the EJF Philanthropies articulates its support of Jewish organizations and institutions as interest in programs that provide support for basic needs for people in poverty; organizations promoting LGBTQ inclusion in Jewish life; day schools and yeshivot in the Washington, D.C., region; and Kiruv activities for youth and teens in the Washington, D.C., and Phoenix regions.

EJF Philanthropies is particularly interested in collaboration. Head of Philanthropy Simone Friedman (Manny and Kindy’s daughter), describes EJF's strategy here

LOOKING FORWARD: Expect Friedman and French to continue with their select interest areas,. with growing influence from Simone Friedman, their daughter. 

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