A Study of Jewish Foundations

MAJOR FINDINGS

• Of the 100 largest foundations in the United States, eight were founded by Jews.

• There are two Jewish foundations with assets of $2 billion or more: The Annenberg Foundation and The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.

• Some foundations make few large grants, and are focused in select areas. Most foundations tend to make many relatively small grants, about $20,000, to a myriad of organizations.

• Most foundations established by Jews give most of their grants and a majority of their dollars to secular (non-Jewish) causes and institutions.

• Asignificant number of Jewish-funded foundations give very little, and some give nothing (less than 1%) to the Jewish community.

• Few foundations donate a significant proportion of their overall giving, or their giving to Jewish causes, to Israel.

• Anumber of foundations make their single largest grants to UJA/federations, often representing the bulk of dollars committed to Jewish causes.

• Giving to secular causes covers a wide range of causes and institutions, including higher education, health care, arts/culture, and all other areas of philanthropy.

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