NET WORTH: Unknown
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Susquehanna International Group
FUNDING AREAS: Educational Access, Advocacy & Awareness; Jewish Causes
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 education in the U.S., as well as in Israel and Africa. Supporting the Jewish community is an important part of this funder's work.
BACKGROUND: Joel Greenberg is a founder of Susquehanna International Group, a global quantitative trading firm headquartered in the Philadelphia area.
EDUCATIONAL ACCESS: 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. Greenberg and Marcy established the Seed the Dream Foundation a few years ago, a charity laser-focused on education. 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. The foundation has also supported KIPP's work in Philadelphia, chess programming at Russell Byers Charter School, and Wolf Performing Arts Center’s Visiting Artist Program, among much more.
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; andJewish 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.
LOOKING FORWARD: The couple's foundation is just getting started, and should be watched for greater giving down the line, particularly in the realm of education.