The Shimon Ben Joseph Foundation, commonly known as the Jim Joseph Foundation, (the Foundation), is committed to the legacy of its founder, Jim Joseph, z”l. The Foundation was established in 2006 as a private foundation, classified legally as a California Public Benefit Corporation. The Foundation is devoted exclusively to supporting education of Jewish youth.

Jim Joseph was a dedicated Jewish philanthropist who cared passionately about the education of Jewish children, youth, and young adults. He believed that focusing on young people was the best way to preserve a strong Jewish faith and proud heritage, thereby ensuring success of the Jewish people for the future.

The Foundation’s Board of Directors and its foundation professionals are building on the philanthropic mission that Jim pursued: to foster compelling effective learning experiences for young Jews in the United States. In accordance with Jim’s view, the Foundation recognizes that Jewish learning takes place in a multitude of settings, including but not limited to day schools, camps, youth groups, congregations, college campuses, service learning experiences, community centers, and the like.

Based on both intensive planning and extensive study the Foundation conducted in 2006, the Foundation developed a vision for its grant making. The Foundation seeks to make an indelible impact on the lives of young Jews in the United States. It envisions a future that it helps to create, one in which increasing numbers of young Jews engage in ongoing Jewish learning and choose to live vibrant Jewish lives.

The Foundation’s planning efforts resulted in delineation of core grant making strategies and tactics. Approximately 60% of the Foundation’s grant awards in its initial years will focus on teens and young adults, ages 13-23. Geographically, this 60% will be concentrated in the greater metropolitan areas of San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.—cities where the six Foundation Directors reside. Moreover, the Foundation will collaborate with grantees for the purpose of increasing the number of competent, caring, accomplished Jewish educators who interact with young Jews in their peer groups during this B’nai Mitzvah through university undergraduate period of life.

Approximately 40% of the Foundation’s grant making in its first several years of operation will support Initiatives that are focused on education of young Jews; present opportunities for partnering with other like-minded funders; and enable the Foundation to leverage its assets and influence. These grants can be made anywhere in the United States. The awards are to Initiatives that demonstrably serve to educate Jewish children, youth, and young adults and evidence carefully documented promise for advancing the Foundation’s mission and helping it to achieve its vision.

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