A Wider Bridge is proud to be a recipient of a grant from The Natan Fund for the third consecutive year. The Natan Fund, a giving circle based in New York City, yesterday announced $953,000 in 54 grants to cutting-edge emerging Jewish and Israeli nonprofit organizations and social entrepreneurs.
Natan is a community of young philanthropists dedicated to funding Jewish and Israeli social innovation. Since 2002, Natan has awarded $9.6 million in grants to 168 emerging Jewish organizations and social entrepreneurs around the world.
The 2014-2015 grants mark the organization’s 11th annual round of grantmaking. Through a three-stage vetting process, 57 of Natan’s members, sitting on eight different grant committees, reviewed 298 applications. Members selected grant recipients based on their innovative methodologies, the strength of their leadership, and their potential for making a substantial impact in their respective focus areas.
“Natan members are continually inspired by the amount of creativity and passion that social entrepreneurs and emerging nonprofits are bringing to reinventing Jewish and Israeli life,” said David Steinhardt, chair of Natan’s board of trustees. “Each year, we’re honored to support new people and new ideas, and to continue our ongoing commitment to longtime grantees that are truly beginning to make systemic change in their respective fields.”
A notable addition to Natan’s grantmaking in 2014-2015 is a new focus on supporting social businesses in Israel. “After years of honing our expertise in the field of economic development in Israel, we wanted to delve into the burgeoning arena of social businesses,” said board member Talia Siegel. “Building the capacity of people to create businesses that have a double bottom line – social and financial – enables us to explore more of the pathways to making change in the world, beyond simply supporting nonprofit organizations.”
Other LGBT-Jewish grant recipients: Keshet, Friday Night Lights and Kevah. Congratulations to all!