A Wider Bridge is proud to announce that we have been chosen among the grant recipients of The Natan Fund for the 2015-2016 grant year.
The Natan Fund, a giving circle based in New York City supporting Jewish and Israeli social innovation, today announced $1.2 million in 46 grants to cutting-edge emerging Jewish and Israeli nonprofit organizations and social entrepreneurs.
“we are grateful for the continued support that A Wider Bridge has received from The Natan Fund as we expand our work of enabling LGBT Jews throughout North America to deepen their connection to Israel and to Jewish peoplehood,” said Arthur Slepian, Executive Director of A Wider Bridge. “We also congratulate Eshel for being among the new grantees announced by The Natan Fund.”
The 2015-2016 grants mark the organization’s 12th annual round of grantmaking and one of the largest grant pools in the organization’s history. Through a multi-stage vetting process, 67 of Natan’s 100+ members and supporters, sitting on nine different grant committees reviewed almost 300 applications, ultimately making grants to organizations based in North America, Israel, Argentina, Austria, Sweden and the UK.
Grant recipients range from the earliest-stage ideas of individual social entrepreneurs to “post-startup” organizations that Natan has supported for multiple years. Most grantees seek to create new access points to Jewish life for people around the world, including through arts and culture, food and outdoor education, emerging spiritual communities, cutting-edge uses of new media, and efforts to ensure that Jewish communities and institutions are broadly inclusive and welcoming.
A Wider Bridge was chosen in Jewish Peoplehood category, supporting organizations that are building connections between young Jews across national, ethnic, denominational, and ideological borders; that foster a sense of mutual responsibility between Jews; that emphasize the Jewish People’s collective responsibility to heal the world; and/or that grapple with the special role that Israel plays in contemporary Jews’ identity. read more