NET WORTH: Unknown
SOURCE OF WEALTH: EJF Capital
JEWISH FUNDING AREAS: Various
OVERVIEW: Manny Friedman and his wife Kindy established the Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies (EJF/P) to serve as the umbrella for their charitable giving in their core areas of interest. EJF Philanthropies is committed to creating and sustaining vibrant Jewish life. Interests include day schools and yeshivot in the Washington, D.C., region, and Jewish arts and culture.
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 established the Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies (EJF/P) 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."
EJF Philanthropies has supported Jscreen, a Jewish genetic screening project that tests for more than 80 genetic diseases in partnership with the Marcus Foundation. They also work with The Morningstar Foundation and the United Jewish Endowment Fund of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington to support GatherDC, which "supports young adult Jewish life in the Washington, DC, region."
The family has supported a wide range of other Jewish organizations and institutions. Interests include 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. Grantees have included American Friends of Lubavitch, DC Hebrew Language Charter School, Jewish Federation of Los Angeles, and The Jewish Academy of Suffolk County.
EJF Philanthropies is particularly interested in collaboration. Head of Philanthropy Simone Friedman, who is on the board of Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, describes EJF's strategy here.
LOOKING FORWARD: Expect Friedman and Kindy to continue with their select interest areas.
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