Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles Awards $2 Million to Eight Local Jewish Nonprofits for Capacity-Building
Institution’s Next Stage Grants Support Infrastructure-Strengthening Initiatives at Organizations Advancing Jewish Engagement and Identity, Education, Health and Well-Being, and Economic Stability
LOS ANGELES (July 27, 2023)—The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles (The Foundation) today announced that it has awarded a total of $2 million to eight local Jewish organizations. The funding comes through The Foundation’s Next Stage Grants initiative, a capacity-building program designed to support a dynamic and thriving Los Angeles Jewish community by bolstering the internal operations of its nonprofits.
These grants of up to $300,000 over three years are for investments in infrastructure, systems, and resources to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of the recipient organizations. The recipient nonprofits provide a range of programs and services that encompass Jewish engagement and identity, education, health and well-being, and economic stability. Funding will support projects that include upgraded technology, staff restructuring and leadership development. In addition to grant funding, The Foundation will support these organizations with capacity-building consulting and training opportunities to help ensure their vibrant futures.
The 2023 Next Stage Grants recipients and their projects are:
- Builders of Jewish Education, Creating an Effective BJE Executive Transition
- Hillel 818, Hillel Habah: Building the Future of Hillel 818
- Jewish Free Loan Association, Building JFLA’s Capacity Through Technology Improvements
- National Council of Jewish Women Los Angeles, Strengthening Our Future: Fund Development Capacity Building
- Shalom Institute Camp and Conference Center, Shalom Institute Future Financial Sustainability Initiative
- Sharsheret, Next Stage of Sharsheret in Los Angeles
- Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center, SIJCC Data Management Upgrade
- Trybal Gatherings, Building Trybal’s Jewish Engagement in Los Angeles
Rabbi Aaron B. Lerner, Foundation president and chief executive officer, stated: “The eight organizations receiving 2023 Next Stage Grants collectively support Jews of all ages and backgrounds and sustain Jewish life throughout our community. As such, ensuring that their operations are healthy is vitally important to increasing effectiveness of these nonprofits and the long-term impact on the stakeholders they serve. Our capacity-building funding is intended to help them flourish well into the future.”