Established in 1999, Educating for Excellence (E4E) works to strengthen Israeli society by reducing socio-economic gaps for at-risk or underserved youth who reside in Israel’s periphery. E4E’s intensive program accompanies each child for over 10 years, over 12-16 weekly hours (four days a week) and during vacations, starting in third grade onward. It provides 1) tailored academic tutoring and support; 2) experiential learning; 3) personal development programs for confidence-building; and 4) social leadership opportunities.
The Economic and Financial Prep for Underserved High School Students program engages underserved students in an academic, multidisciplinary program that provides a strong foundation to pursuing higher education and learning job skills, while overcoming existing socio-economic barriers.
Founded in 2002, Ein Prat works to impart knowledge about Judaism and Jewish texts, cultivate an appreciation for Jewish learning, and nurture pluralistic Jewish identities among Israel’s young adults. It offers study programs where participants live on-site for a minimum of 5 weeks and as long as 4 months and spend each day learning Jewish texts in a pluralistic Beit Midrash (adult education facility). Ein Prat serves approximately 300 students from secular and traditional backgrounds each year.
Elul provides pluralistic Jewish educational enrichment to 880 Israeli young adults from across the religious spectrum through a 5-week summer intensive program aimed at enriching participants’ Jewish identity and deepening their connection to the Jewish people.
Founded in 2005, Ein Prat is the largest organization in Israel to bring together secular, traditional and religious Israeli young adults for shared Jewish learning. It works to impart knowledge about Judaism and Jewish texts, cultivate an appreciation for Jewish learning and nurture pluralistic Jewish identities. Through its intensive residential Beit Midrash programs, alumni programming and programming impacting the wider Israeli community, Ein Prat has helped to shape Israeli discourse on issues of Jewish identity, Jewish practice and Zionism.
Alumni Network Program builds on the increased Jewish identity fostered through Ein Prat’s intensive study programs, providing an array of Jewish identity programming and activities to alumni and their friends.
Founded in 1993, Emotional Health Association dba SHARE's mission is to empower people to change their own lives and provide them with a loving, safe, non-judgmental place where they can find community, information and support. SHARE! provides affordable housing services, self-help meetings at its 2 centers in Culver City and Downtown LA, personalized recovery assistance, and a volunteer-to-job program.
The Collaborative Housing Program matches chronically homeless individuals with housing placements.
Founded in 2004 in partnership with the Government of Israel, the Ethiopian National Project (ENP) seeks to advance the integration of Ethiopian Israeli Jews into Israeli society. ENP provides social and educational opportunities to help Ethiopian Israeli youth and their parents realize their full potential. Its four fundamental programs include academic support for youth; parenting workshops; empowerment and leadership trainings for those who want to be community activists; and scholarships for higher education in the fields of medicine and dentistry. ENP serves 15,000 youth annually through its work in 31 communities throughout Israel.
School Performance and Community Empowerment (SPACE) is an after-school program that provides Jewish identity enrichment, as well as academic and emotional support, for Ethiopian Israeli students in middle school and high school.
Founded in 1993, ETTA serves people with intellectual and development disabilities, and their families, and is one of the premier providers of such services on the West Coast. ETTA's services include residential housing, adult day programs, Summer@ETTA, employment training and placement, and case management.
ETTA's Supported Living Services provide personalized assistance to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who want to live in their own independent residence. Individuals may receive assistance for a few hours or up to 25 hours a day for food shopping, household cleaning, transportation, personal hygiene, medication assistance, and other day-to-day tasks.
Founded in 1993, ETTA offers a full spectrum of services for Jewish adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including residential housing, case management, employment training and placement, educational services, and social services. With a Cutting Edge Grant in 2010, ETTA explored innovative housing solutions for Jewish special needs adults. Today over 50 special needs adults participate in ETTA's group homes and supportive living services and 120 clients receive ETTA's wraparound services. With a Next Stage Grant, ETTA will have the support to successfully navigate its transition to a large service provider and serve the growing special needs adult community.
To position the organization as a large service provider to meet the needs of a growing special needs adult community.
Established as a 501c3 nonprofit organization in 2016 in Los Angeles, Families of Lone Soldiers (FLS) assists families of lone soldiers that are serving or have previously served in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). It provides resources along with social, emotional and financial support to lone soldiers and their families.
The Los Angeles Center supports lone soldiers and their families through providing emotional and social support; mental health counseling; educational programming; gatherings and events; financial assistance; and access to a database of past and present lone soldiers to facilitate connection.
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 2002, Friendship Circle provides Jewish children and young adults with special needs with a full range of social, recreational, educational, and Judaic experiences and enriches, inspires and motivates Jewish teenagers through volunteer and leadership opportunities.
Programs for Youth with Special Needs will 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.
Established in 2012, Fuente Latina’s mission is to increase Latino (Spain, U.S. and Latin American) support for Israel by ensuring that global Spanish language media have the facts they need to accurately cover Israel, the Middle East, and the Jewish world.
The Los Angeles launch of Fuente Latina builds a Spanish language, pro-Israel media presence in Los Angeles, to positively impact perceptions of Israel and the Los Angeles Jewish community in Spanish-language media and in the wider Spanish-speaking community.
Founded in 2008 by Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus, Grameen America, Inc. is a community development financial institution dedicated to helping entrepreneurial women who live in poverty build businesses to enable financial mobility. To support women pursuing entrepreneurship as a pathway out of poverty, Grameen provides microloans, credit establishment services, savings programs and financial education. Starting with a branch in Queens in New York City, Grameen America has expanded to a total of 20 branches serving 104,000 women in 13 cities including Austin, Boston, Charlotte, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York, Oakland, Omaha, San Jose, San Juan, and Union City.
Grameen in Los Angeles works to invest in and improve the economic mobility of low-income entrepreneurial women in Pico Union and Boyle Heights through financial education and group-based microloans.
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.
Educating for ExcellenceEconomic and Financial Prep for Underserved High School StudentsEconomic Development
Ein PratElulJewish Identity
Ein PratAlumni Network ProgramJewish Identity
Emotional Health Association dba SHARECollaborative Housing ProgramAddressing Homelessness in Los Angeles
Ethiopian National ProjectSchool Performance and Community Empowerment (SPACE)Jewish Identity
ETTASupported Living ServicesSpecial Needs
Families of Lone SoldiersLos Angeles CenterVulnerable Populations
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
Fuente LatinaFuente Latina – Los AngelesIsrael Advocacy
Grameen America, Inc.Grameen in Los AngelesSocial Enterprise & Entrepreneurship
GREEN LA CoalitionGreater LA Water CampaignCollaborative Grants
GvahimCareer Acceleration ProgramEconomic Development