Founded in 1998, First Place for Youth (First Place) works to prevent poverty and homelessness among youth growing up in foster care. Operating in 6 California counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Clara, and Solano), the organization helps foster youth build the skills they need to make a successful transition to self-sufficiency and responsible adulthood. Through its nationally-recognized program model, First Place provides access to safe housing, support to finish high school and enroll in college, and training to improve job skills and career readiness. In 2016, it served over 1,400 youth across all programs and provided permanent housing and supportive services to 476 youth in all 6 counties.
The Steps to Success Education and Employment Program provides at-risk foster youth residing in transitional living programs with the support to finish high school, enroll in college, and build fundamental work skills.
Founded in 2003, Friendship Circle of Los Angeles provides Jewish children and young adults with special needs with a full range of social, recreational, educational, and Judaic experiences; offers respite to their parents; and enriches, inspires, and motivates Jewish teenagers through volunteer and leadership opportunities.
Provide a martial arts program for Jewish special needs children to improve self-discipline, self-esteem and physical fitness.
Founded in 2002, Friendship Circle provides Jewish children and young adults with special needs with a full range of social, recreational, educational and Judaic experiences. Since receiving one of our first Cutting Edge Grants in 2007 to help provide special needs children with friendship and community, Friendship Circle has grown to annually serve 120 children and their families, engaging nearly 500 teen volunteers. With a Next Stage Grant, Friendship Circle will reassess and develop its volunteer infrastructure, improve its outreach to current and new families, and develop a fund strategy for the next stage of its growth.
To reach and serve a larger number of families with special needs by improving its volunteer infrastructure, outreach to families, and developing a fund strategy for the next stage of its growth.
GREEN LA Coalition was founded in 2005 to forge a partnership between the nonprofit sector and municipal government to share knowledge and implement pioneering environmental policies. The shared purpose of the coalition of 60-plus organizations is to advance improvements in resource conservation, alternative technology, urban greening, mass transit, and environmental health.
The Greater LA Water Campaign raises awareness about the water crisis in Southern California and promotes sustainable, local solutions.
Founded in 2006 by the Rashi Foundation, Gvahim provides job training, job placement, business Hebrew courses and mentorship to more than 200 highly-qualified olim (new immigrants) from all over the world each year. Its programs include the Career Development Program, an accelerated program for experienced entrepreneurs; and a pre-citizenship internship program for young leaders.
The Career Development Program provides job training, language classes, mentorship, networking tools and job placement to 75 highly-qualified olim.
Established in 1989, Hamidrasha facilitates the acquisition of Jewish culture among secular Israelis, promotes a meaningful connection with Jewish heritage, and creates a more pluralistic cultural and spiritual landscape in Israel. It trains leaders who influence family life, the school system, and community/public life. Programs connect study, practice and volunteerism with Jewish life. It reaches 40,000 participants a year, working with diverse populations in schools, communities, and adult education settings.
Makom engages 20,000 secular Jewish children, families, teachers and community members in Jewish culture through customized and interconnected educational, community-building and social justice programs.
Founded in 2007, HaShomer HaChadash works to ensure a stronger Jewish presence in the Negev and the Galilee, promote a sense of mutual responsibility among the Jewish people, and uphold the Zionist ideals on which the State of Israel was founded. Through its pre-army program, volunteer guardsmen live on agricultural lands and patrol it from observation posts, preventing fires, theft, physical violence, and slaughtering of herds. Other programs include an agricultural volunteerism program for visitors from around the world, and a post-army program placing young Israelis with jobs in the agricultural sector. Today, HaShomer HaChadash engages over 38,500 volunteers working throughout 190,000 acres of land at 70 locations in the Negev and Galilee.
The Youth Leadership Program enhances participants' Jewish-Israeli identity, civic responsibility, and connection to the land of Israel through volunteering, training, seminars, and instructions.
Founded in 1991, Hillel – The Right to Choose helps thousands of Yotzim – those who leave ultra-Orthodox communities to integrate into wider Israeli society. Its services, which serve approximately 600 individuals per year include: a hotline and drop-in centers; transitional housing; counseling and support services; academic support including tuition aid and career consultation; employment programs; assistance to Yotzim in the military; programming for single-mothers; aid in accessing social services; and community building and peer networking activities.
The Workforce Integration and Facilitation program trains and facilitates full integration of approximately 1,000 Yotzim, ages 18-35, into the Israeli workforce and modern Israeli society.
Founded in 2014, Honeymoon Israel provides immersive trips to Israel for locally based cohorts of couples that have at least one Jewish partner, early in their committed relationship, creating communities of couples who are building families with deep and meaningful connecting to Jewish life and the Jewish people.
Honeymoon Israel Los Angeles engages youth couples, primarily interfaith, LGBTQ, and those on the outskirts of Jewish life through social, educational, and cultural programming designed to foster a positive connection to Judaism and a desire to raise a Jewish family.
Founded in 1999, Hut HaMeshulash was established to provide programming, shelter and support to at-risk youth and young adults (ages 14-25) in Jerusalem so that they may reintegrate into society as confident and capable individuals. It runs 3 major programs: a Drop-in Center serving hundreds of alienated at-risk youth 7 days a week; a Residential Home for Young Women, including expectant mothers; and a Residential Home for Young Men for at-risk and homeless men. Specialized services include occupational rehabilitation, therapy, enrichment courses, and basic needs support. Over the past 16 years, 10,000+ youth and young adults have benefitted from Hut HaMeshulash’s programs, and thousands have gone on to lead independent, stable lives.
Inspired Living: Renewing Jewish Identity will provide hundreds of at-risk youth and young adults with a strengthened Jewish identity through engagement with: Jewish text learning, art, music, creative writing, Shabbat ahd holiday-based activities.
Founded in 1989, Inner-City Arts (ICA) provides elementary, middle and high school students, many from LA’s poorest neighborhoods, with arts classes taught by professionals in state-of-the-art studio environments. The art classes, provided in partnership with the school district, local charter and parochial schools, are often the only arts instructions students will access during the school day. ICA also offers after-school and weekend programs. Classes are designed to strengthen language development, develop critical thinking skills, promote literacy and improve overall learning outcomes.
The Summer Arts Program is a three-week program in ceramics, drama, dance, visual arts, and digital photography for inner-city children, ages 5-15 experiencing poverty and homelessness.
Founded in 2002, InterfaithFamily supports interfaith couples and families exploring Jewish life and inclusive Jewish communities through educational content and connections to welcoming organizations and programs, and provides resources and trainings for program providers and clergy.
InterfaithFamily/Los Angeles provides a comprehensive range of resources, services, and programs to engage interfaith couples and families in Los Angeles in Jewish life and connect them with Jewish communities.
Founded in 1984, Israel Elwyn (IE) works to provide individuals with disabilities the means to achieve independence, inclusion in the community and dignity. It offers early intervention, employment, supported living, consultation services and professional training programs for children and adults with developmental and other disabilities throughout Israel. Its goal is to provide individuals with the necessary tools to make decisions about their own lives and to gain greater independence, using the principal of inclusion in all of its work. IE partners in a wide range of round tables focused on determining government policies related to people with disabilities. Through its programs, IE serves more than 3,000 individuals each year.
The Supported Employment Program trains and places an additional 300 individuals with intellectual, physical, sensory, learning and medical disabilities into the workplace and increase the participating pool of employers by 500 over 3 years.
The Founded in 2007, the Israeli-American Council (IAC) works to build an engaged and united Israel-American community that strengthens the Israeli and Jewish identity of the next generations, the American Jewish community, and the bond between the people of the United States and the State of Israel.
The IAC Care program provides an online database that engages 10,000 LA Jewish and Israeli-Americans in volunteerism and matches them with Jewish as well as non-Jewish community organizations in need of support. Volunteers commit to a minimum of 4 volunteer hours and receive rewards and incentives for their participation.
First Place for YouthSteps to Success Education and Employment ProgramFoster Youth: College Access & Career Readiness
Friendship CirclePrograms for Youth with Special NeedsSpecial Needs
Friendship Circle of Los AngelesFriendship Circle of Los AngelesSpecial Needs
GREEN LA CoalitionGreater LA Water CampaignCollaborative Grants
GvahimCareer Acceleration ProgramEconomic Development
HaShomer HaChadashYouth Leadership ProgramReligious Life
Hillel - The Right To ChooseWorkforce Integration and FacilitationEconomic Development
Honeymoon IsraelHoneymoon Israel Los AngelesNext Gen Engagement
Hut HaMeshulashInspired Living: Renewing Jewish IdentityJewish Identity
Inner-City ArtsSummer Arts ProgramEmergency Assistance for Basic Needs
InterfaithFamily.comInterfaithFamily/Los AngelesVulnerable Populations
Israel ElwynSupported Employment ProgramEconomic Development
Israel Leadership ClubFund for SderotEducation
Israel Venture NetworkBringing Best Management Practices to Local MunicipalitiesHuman Services
Israeli American CouncilIAC CareIsrael Advocacy