Grant Distributions

All Grant Distributions

We distribute millions of dollars every year to hundreds of organizations locally and globally via our donor advised and endowment funds, supporting organizations, and our competitive Community Grants Program.

  • 2015: $6.0 million to 368 organizations

    57% to Jewish organizations in Southern Arizona
    23% to other organizations in Southern Arizona
    20% to other regional, national and international Jewish and non-Jewish organizations

  • 2014: $5.6 million to 387 organizations

    49% to Jewish organizations in Southern Arizona
    26% to other organizations in Southern Arizona
    25% to other regional, national and international Jewish and non-Jewish organizations

  • 2013: $4.5 million to 318 organizations

    59% to Jewish organizations in Southern Arizona
    27% to other organizations in Southern Arizona
    14% to other regional, national and international Jewish and non-Jewish organizations

Competitive Community Grants Program

  • 2016

    20 Organizations Receive $328,335 in Grants

    JCF focused its 2016 Community Grants Program funding in three areas: Local Jewish Community; Local General Community; and Israel and Global Jewry. New this year was the creation of Synagogue Mini-Grants to help with smaller projects. JCF partners with the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona for its Jewish granting.

    Thank you to Community Grants Program Committee Chair Goggy Davidovitz; Vice-Chairs Andra Karnovsky, Neil Markovitz, and Evan Mendelson; other committee members; our grant recipients; and all of the organizations that applied for your dedication to Tzedakah (justice), Chesed (loving kindness), and Tikun Olam (repairing of the world). 

    Synagogue Small Grants Program

    Beth Shalom Temple Center
    Membership Director/Program Coordinator | $5,000
    Grant funds will be used to hire a part-time Membership Coordinator that will work on identifying and recruiting new members and engaging current members.
    Funding made possible by the Ida and J. Patricia Brodsky Memorial Endowment Fund.

    Congregation Young Israel of Tucson – Chabad Tucson
    Project Secure | $5,000
    Grant funds will be used for security improvements to the building shared by Congregation Young Israel and Chabad Tucson.
    Funding made possible by the Ann and Sam Goldfein Endowment Fund; Kahn Family Legacy Fund; Zuckerman Family Fund; and JCF Impact Fund.

    Tucson Jewish Community

    Jewish History Museum / Holocaust History Center
    Director of Operations | $21,000
    The grant award will be used to continue funding for a Director of Operations.
    Funding made possible by the Burt and Brenda Lazar Endowment Fund; Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Compelling Needs Fund; Dr. Samuel and Sylvia Zaidenberg Endowment Fund; and Zuckerman Family Fund.

    Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona
    Shared Transportation for Seniors and Adults with Disabilities | $53,998
    This program provides safe and convenient transportation to Jewish seniors and adults with disabilities, so that they may participate in synagogue life, including Jewish rituals and learning programs offered by community synagogues.
    Funding made possible by the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Task Force on Services for Jewish Seniors & Adults with Disabilities Fund.

    Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona
    Jewish Tucson Concierge | $10,130
    The grant award will be used to continue funding for the Jewish Tucson Concierge Program, which helps members of the community navigate Tucson’s rich and diverse culture and services.
    Funding made possible by the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Compelling Needs Fund.

    Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona
    PJ Library | $10,000
    PJ Library sends free Jewish children’s books to families every month. Sharing these stories help families share Jewish values, traditions and culture.
    Funding made possible by the Ann and Sam Goldfein Endowment Fund; Kahn Family Legacy Fund; Zuckerman Family Fund; JCF Impact Fund; and the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona.

    Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging
    Community Outreach Director | $36,000
    The grant award will be used to continue funding for the Jewish Community Outreach Coordinator, dedicated to enhancing the engagement of current Handmaker residents through increased Jewish programming.
    Funding made possible by the Ina and J. Patricia Brodsky Memorial Endowment Fund and Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Task Force on Services for Seniors & Adults with Disabilities Fund.

    B’nai B’rith Covenant House
    Share the Covenant of Shabbat |$2,500
    The grant award will be used to offer traditional Shabbat services and meals to the Jewish residents of Covenant House.
    Funding made possible by the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Task Force on Services for Jewish Seniors & Adults with Disabilities Fund.

    Tucson Jewish Community Center
    Special Needs Resource & Respite Partnership | $36,000
    The grant award will go toward creating effective, enduring service improvements for members of our community with special needs.
    Funding made possible by the Herman and Pauline Percher Endowment Fund; Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Task Force on Services for Jewish Seniors & Adults with Disabilities Fund; Maurice and Gail Mordka Endowment Fund; and Marilyn Haas Community Youth Fund.

    Tucson Jewish Community Center
    Catch a Ride to Camp J | $4,536
    Grant funding will be used to kick off a program that will allow the JCC to serve more children in Camp J by offering transportation to and from northwest Tucson.

    Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona
    Project STAR | $22,871
    This project connects the Jewish community of Southern Arizona to the quality mental health and social services available from Jewish Family & Children’s Services.
    Funding made possible by the William and Doris Rubin Endowment Fund.

    Tucson General Community

    Interfaith Community Services
    Tools for Financial Stability & Emergency Financial Assistance |$10,000
    This project offers emergency financial assistance to Pima County residents in need. It helps ICS clients avoid homelessness, secure or maintain employment, meet basic health needs and move toward financial stability.
    Funding made possible by the Ann and Sam Goldfein Endowment Fund; Kahn Family Legacy Fund; Zuckerman Family Fund; JCF Impact Fund; and the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona.

    Cradle to Career
    Partnership | $15,000
    This grant award will be used to support staff resources dedicated to the Pima County Cradle to Career partnership.
    Funding made possible by the William and Doris Rubin Endowment Fund.

    Cradle to Career
    First Focus on Kids Coalition – Great Expectations for Teachers, Children, Families and Communities | $9,800
    Funds will be used for a program to develop highly qualified teachers to implement effective teaching practices in early childhood development settings.
    Funding made possible by the William and Doris Rubin Endowment Fund.

    Cradle to Career
    Integrated Community School | $7,500
    This grant award will be used to help link families with young children in southwest Tucson Unified School District to various support programs that increase the likelihood that neighborhood children will be ready for school.
    Funding made possible by the Marc and Meryl Tischler Endowment Fund and the William and Doris Rubin Endowment Fund.

    Israel & Global Jewry

    Society for the Advancement of Education, Jerusalem
    Hachmey Lev Yeshiva High School | $30,000
    The Hachmey Lev Yeshiva High School provides affordable Talmud study for Haredi boys in Israel (ages 13-18 in 9th-12th grades) together with instruction in general studies. The program provides the intellectual foundation needed for students to continue to higher education, find gainful employment and make informed choices about their futures.
    Funding made possible by the William and Doris Rubin Endowment Fund.
     
    Tikvat Acheinu d/b/a Shlavim
    Tikvah in Kiryat Malachi | $15,000
    Tikvah offers 6th- 8th graders in two Haredi schools an academic education in math, computer science and English – in addition to a traditional curriculum. The program helps prepare students for matriculation-track high schools that enable them to later pursue higher education or vocational training to qualify for careers and become self-sufficient through employment and integration in society.
    Funding made possible by the William and Doris Rubin Endowment Fund.

    Israel Partnership2Gether In the Regions of Kiryat Malachi and Hof Ashkelon

    Kiryat Malachi Development Fund
    Puzzle – Kiryat Malachi Youth Movement | $15,000
    This grant award will be used for Puzzle, Kiryat Malachi’s local youth movement. This is the catalyst to increasing and strengthening youth’s identification to the community; integrating values and ideology into daily life; developing a strong and cohesive social network; developing and empowering young local leadership.
    Funding made possible the Sidney and Tauba Kaderlan Endowment Fund and the William and Doris Rubin Endowment Fund.

    YEDID: The Association for Community Empowerment
    Street Law | $10,000
    This program offers Ethiopian Israeli youth in Kiryat Malachi an understanding of the local legal system. The goals are to both inspire, and help them build the skills and confidence necessary to make change possible.
    Funding made possible by the William and Doris Rubin Endowment Fund.

    Matnas (Community Center)
    Music Center | $9,000
    This program offers music lessons to the children of Hof Ashkelon, including drums, piano, guitar, wind instruments and dance.
    Funding made possible by the William and Doris Rubin Endowment Fund.

     

  • 2015

    Tucson Jewish Community

    Jewish Family & Children’s Services
    The Survivors’ Stories Project | $2,500
    The end goal of this project is to publish a book to honor the personal stories and testimonies of 36 Holocaust survivors who came to the Southwest. The project is a springboard for intercultural dialogue in classrooms and with the broader community on how to increase the practice of tolerance today.

    Tucson Jewish Community Center / UA Hillel
    The Tucson Butterfly Project | $6,918
    The JCC in collaboration with the JFSA’s Community Relations Council and UA Hillel, seeks to launch a Holocaust education initiative through which participants will create butterfly art to memorialize the children killed. Two long-term, high-visibility exhibitions, one at Hillel and one at the JCC, will then extend the education process to tens of thousands of community members.

    Tucson Hebrew Academy
    School Counselor Program | $15,000
    The purpose of this program is to provide school counseling services. These include but are not limited to teaching, supporting faculty and parents in development/use of strategies and working directly with students to foster their socio-emotional/behavioral health growth. Counselors also serve as systems support and individual support in a crisis. The counselor is a critical part of the system, providing expertise and resources to ensure the positive development and growth of our children.

    Jewish History Museum
    Program Coordinator | $18,000
    The Program Coordinator (PC) will implement new programs and support existing programs to elevate the day-to-day functionality of the museum and broaden its visibility in the community. The PC will develop the docent training program, coordinate and promote JHM outreach programs (with an emphasis on school groups) and increase marketing exposure. The PC will also further integrate JHM and the Holocaust History Center into the growing cultural life of downtown Tucson.

    Strategic Planning of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona
    Renewal of Community-wide Concierge Program | $16,157
    Refunding of the Jewish Tucson Concierge service which is conveying a successful referral and outreach connection to our Jewish agencies/synagogues. The program will continue to engage trust among community members who seek help and the agencies the concierge represents, while increasing engagement across Tucson’s continuum of social, cultural, religious, spiritual and educational opportunities.

    Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona
    Director of Planning & Community Relationships | $20,000
    The Jewish community of Southern Arizona looks to the JFSA to serve as a central planner. In collaboration with JCF, the JFSA planning functions incorporate the following elements: 1) Allocations and Grants; 2) Organizational Coordination of Jewish agencies, synagogues and other organizations; 3) Fiscal Oversignt – Agency review, Audit review, special liaison committees; 4) Community Planning strategic and tactical. Currently, JFSA has undertaken a crucial paradigm shift in its planning and allocations processes. This grant would provide funding for and enable the community to continue to build this new foundation in community planning.

    Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona
    Project STAR (formerly Onsite Counseling Initiative) |$22,500
    Brings rabbis and therapists together in the synagogue to better respond to the behavioral health needs of the Jewish community. The project focuses on increasing and deepening Jewish engagement by expanding the ways that individuals and families connect to their synagogues.

    Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona
    Quality Management Program |$12,000
    The program will help to improve services provided, client satisfaction, reduce inefficiencies, conserve resources and effect organizational change harmoniously. The goal is to exponentially increase capacity to support the JFCS mission and provide basic human services for vulnerable members of the Jewish and secular Tucson community.

    University of Arizona Hillel Foundation 
    Commitment to the Future: Increasing Engagement at the UA Hillel |$12,000
    Project is aimed at expanding UA Hillel’s capacity to engage with Jewish students across campus and offer a variety of programmatic opportunities. The program will also ensure staff and student training throughout the year.

    All Tucson Area Synagogues 
    Shared Transportation for Seniors & Adults with Disabilities |$50,000
    Provides transportation to synagogue, holiday celebrations, cultural events and educational programs for Jewish seniors (60+) and disabled adults. The program encourages increased participation by both affiliated and unaffiliated Jews in the greater Tucson community. Includes transportation to services and programming at synagogue and synagogue-sponsored off-sites.

    Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging
    Jewish Outreach and Community Building | $14,300
    The grant will fund a position dedicated to Jewish outreach, building a strong Jewish contingent of residents at Handmaker and fostering Judaism and Jewish traditions at Handmaker.

    Tucson JCC
    JCC Israel Staff Seminar | $10,000
    This experience will bring approximately 10 staff members from the Tucson JCC together with JCC professionals from around the country for an intensive 12-day trip to Israel. The journey is the cornerstone of a 12-month professional development initiative intended to fundamentally change the way in which JCC staff members train to serve the community. The ultimate objective is to apply this learning experience to every aspect of JCC’s future visioning and programming.

    Tucson General Community

    Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF)
    Eon Youth Program | $8,074
    This program maintains a drop-in center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) and allied youth, many who are currently experiencing — or are at risk for — homelessness, suicide and substance abuse. Eon provides support, education and assistance so that LGBTQ youth can develop healthy coping skills and achieve independence. It is through leadership training and peer outreach that Eon empowers youth and promotes activism and positive community engagement.

    Youth On Their Own (YOTO)
    Student Living Expense Program | $10,000
    Through this program, poor, homeless and/or abandoned students may earn a monthly stipend based on good attendance and passing grades. This critical program allows them to focus less on the unpredictability of their circumstances and more on the pursuit of graduation.

    Interfaith Community Services (ICS)
    Tools for Financial Stability and Emergency Financial Assistance | $12,000
    This project offers emergency financial assistance to low-to moderate-income Pima County residents. It works to help clients avoid homelessness, secure or maintain employment, meet basic health needs and move toward financial stability.

    Echoing Hope Ranch
    Echoing Hope Community Program | $6,658
    The non profit seeks to build a community food program by growing produce for program participants and to create a social enterprise through a Community Supported Agricultural program (CSA). CSA will offer employment opportunities for people with disabilities as well as unrestricted income to help sustain the nonprofit.

    Planned Parenthood Arizona
    SHARE-Sexual Health and Responsible Education | $5,538
    The SHARE initiative aims to bring comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) to students in Arizona, thereby reducing teen pregnancy. CSE stresses the benefits of abstinence, while providing age-appropriate, medically accurate information about contraception for the prevention of pregnancy and STDs, gender stereotypes, healthy relationships, and the prevention of sexual violence.

    Scholarships A-Z
    The UndocuPeers Program | $2,472
    This is a training program that seeks to increase the educational success of undocumented immigrants. They train educators at local high schools and during their annual Arizona DREAM Conference on how to better support and work alongside undocumented immigrant students.

    Israel & Global Jewry

    Welfare Department of Kiryat Malachi via JFSA 
    Prevention of Ethiopian Family Violence | $34,000
    Ethiopians receiving welfare and defined as at risk by the criteria of the Welfare Department. Social workers, police, courts, schools and the individuals and families themselves bring cases to work with.

    Society for Advancement of Education, Jerusalem
    Hachmey Lev | $33,700
    Mainstream Haredi teens between the ages of 13 and 18 and in grades 9 through 12. One third come from the Jerusalem area, while the remainder are from surrounding cities. Students include Sephardim, Ashkenazim and Habad, and are from low income families.

    Nochah: Giving as a Way of Life
    Establishing a “Secret Giving” Squad of At Risk Youth in Kiryat Malachi | $20,000
    Forty at-risk youth, ages 13-18, from in-distress backgrounds, many with criminal records and at risk of dropping out of school and incidents of violence and substance abuse. The youth often feel disenfranchised from their families and communities, with very low self-esteem and lack positive future prospects, IDF, graduation or employment.

    Nishmat – The Jeanie Schottenstein Center For Advanced Torah Study for Women
    Nishmat Ethiopian Women (N.E.W.) College Entrance Preparation | $10,000
    Young Ethiopian-Israeli women (post army or national service) from around Israel, including up to 25% yearly from the Ashkelon and Kiryat Malachi areas. N.E.W. enrolls 45 students annually divided between the Pre-College and Joint College Programs. Students come from large families, 95% of their parents are unemployed or work menial jobs.

    Israel Religious Action Center for Gender Equality
    Gender Equality in the Public Sphere in Israel | $10,000
    Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox religious women who are most likely to encounter segregation, yet least able to publicly oppose it.

    Eden Association for the Promotion of Educational, Social and Cultural Projects in the Northern Negev
    Therapeutic and Educational Care of At Risk, Traumatized Teenage Girls | $18,000
    At risk, abused girls (aged 12-18) referred to Eden’s care by the Ministry of Welfare. Approximately 60 girls will be served annually.

  • 2014

    Tucson Jewish Community

    Coalition for Jewish Education PJ Library
    Age-appropriate Jewish books and CDs sent to Jewish children in Southern Arizona | $7,000

    Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging
    Electronic Medical Records Implementation, Phase 1 | $36,000
    Campus-wide wireless internet, and 16 tablets and six laptops for the electronic medical record two Handmaker “neighborhoods”

    Interfaith Community Services
    Financial Sustainability & Emergency Financial Assistance | $12,500
    Funding for items that help participants secure employment: uniforms, IDs, certifications, gas vouchers, bus passes, drug tests and health exams

    Jewish Community Relations Council
    Jewish Latino Teen Coalition | $5,400
    Leadership and public service training for Jewish, Latino and other minority high school sophomores and juniors

    Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona
    Jewish On-Site Counseling Initiative | $25,500
    Counseling, support, workshops and therapeutic programs at synagogues and other Jewish organizations

    Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona
    Jewish Elder Access (JEA) | $10,000
    Wraparound Project Services for low-income Jewish older adults that ensure safe, secure and sanitary home environments

    Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona
    Holocaust Survivors Volunteer Program | $8,400
    Support from volunteers for Holocaust Survivors through home visits

    Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona
    Community-Wide Concierge Program | $18,000
    A unified, efficient and collaborative resource for the Jewish community, designed to reduce barriers and streamline communication in ways that encourage meaningful engagement

    Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona
    Planning Associate Funding to hire staff to centralize planning for the Jewish community in Southern Arizona | $27,922

    Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona
    Technology Project Funding for technology infrastructure for centralized Jewish Community referral and outreach | $10,000

    Temple Emanu-El
    Senior Transportation Services | $35,000
    Transportation for Jewish seniors to synagogues, classes and other activities

    Tucson Hebrew Academy
    Counseling Services | $15,000
    On-site counselors for students and families; and support for staff

    Tucson Jewish Community Center
    Southern Arizona Jewish Community Special Needs Assessment |$34,650
    Research project to better understand needs of people with disabilities and their families

    UA Hillel Foundation
    Celebrating Jewish Life & Inspiring Jewish Leaders | $18,100
    Training and programming support for Jewish student leaders at UA Hillel

    UA Hillel Foundation, Jewish Arizonans on Campus, UA Chabad
    A Shared Jewish UA Experience |$5,000
    Programming that contributes to a Jewish community on campus that is diverse, empowered and educated about Judaism

    Israel and Global Jewry

    Acharai
    Pre-Army Program for Underprivileged Youth | $8,500
    Inspiration and training for youth from underprivileged and atrisk communities to serve in the Israeli Defense Forces $16,500

    Matnas
    Scholarships for Children from Low Income Families Help for children to attend Summer Day Camp and Interest/Activity Groups  | $5,000

    Senior Day Center in Kiryat Malachi
    Supportive Community Support for seniors to live independently, yet with a sense of security, in their own homes | $12,000

    Summit Institute
    A Warm & Loving Home for Children | $8,500
    At Risk More qualified host families and placement specialists

    Welfare Department of Kiryat Malachi
    Ethiopian Family Violence Prevention | $34,000
    Funding for a family and youth therapist for Ethiopian immigrants in T.I.P.S. partner region

    YEDID
    Citizen Rights Center in Kiryat Malachi | $10,000
    Aid and empowerment for low-income families

    Yehelot Association & Kiryat Malachi Department of Education
    Tafnit Dropout Prevention – Last Hurdle | $14,000
    After-school and study marathons for students who have failed classes to help them pass matriculation exams

    Tucson General Community

    Literacy Connects
    Infusion Project | $12,500
    Literacy programs in a second school in the Sunnyside District

    National Youth Law Center
    FosterEd: AZ | $20,000
    Program to improve educational outcomes of foster children by identifying individual strengths and providing youth with champions

    YWCA
    Y Works | $10,000
    Help for women to become economically self sufficient: career counseling, resume development, computer training, interviewing skills, job search strategy, and internships