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Jim Joseph Foundation: Leadership Development for Current and Future Leaders in Jewish Education

Deadline: May 10, 2017

The Jim Joseph Foundation has begun to structure a framework for funding a new set of investments in current and future leaders in Jewish education organizations, with the initial over-arching goal for the Foundation to learn more about the field of Jewish leadership and have greater clarity around the most effective ways to invest. The Foundation is seeking to deepen its investment in leaders through supporting leadership development, management skills and technical knowledge. The initiative will include:

  • Support of training of current or future leaders of Jewish education organizations serving one more of the Foundation’s target audiences of teens, college students, young adults, and families with young children (ages 0 to 5) OR programs training current or future leaders who are themselves members of one or more of these target audiences.
  • Support of programs that offer training in the following areas: general leadership development (e.g., developing personal and professional purpose, vision, self-awareness, ability to motivate others, ability to communicate and collaborate), management skills (e.g., board and staff development, project management, strategy and transition planning), and/or technical knowledge (e.g., finance and fundraising, evaluation and research, HR and culture, etc.).
  • An external evaluation of the funded initiative.

The Foundation welcomes proposals for programs that:

  • Have evidence of strong professional and lay leadership
  • Expand the pipeline of excellent talent to fill leadership positions within the field of Jewish education
  • Increase retention and advancement of Jewish education leaders
  • Reach professional and/or volunteer leaders at various stages of their careers (early-career, mid-career, and veteran leaders)
  • Are not currently receiving support from the Foundation for leadership programming or for general operating support

Amount: Up to six three-year grants will be awarded in early fall 2017 ranging between $100,000-$300,000 per year.

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status. Organizations must have operating budgets of at least $500,000.

Link: https://jimjosephfoundation.org/rfp/rfpleadershipdevelopment/

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