THE COLLECTIVE

The Collective is an active, ongoing community wherein visionary entrepreneurs and leaders collaborate and offer each other strategic support and advice. some in The Collective both gain from, and contribute to, the whole. The Collective members have access to a wide range of offerings, including professional development, funding, leadership opportunities, community events, and more. This suite of year-round opportunities is geared toward creating ongoing learning and connections that provide collaborative support.

Members of The Collective are extraordinary women using their Jewish values and a gender lens to tackle some of the most intractable problems for facing women and girls.

Your Organization:

  • addresses a social problem that primarily affects women and/or girls (but can secondarily affect other community members);
  • is registered as a nonprofit organization in its home country or has a fiscal sponsor;
  • does not direct lobbying expenses to influence elections, or offer programs that discriminate on the basis of race, religion, nation origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, or in any other way;
  • provides innovation or an innovative approach to solving an intractable or pressing universal problem;
  • provides a catalyst for growth – for the organization or a specific program; and
  • embraces the importance of knowledge transfer within the social sector including from one member of The Collective to another.

Benefits to members of The Collective:

  • three years of capacity building/general operating funding;
  • an invitation as our guest (in your first year as a member) to The Convening – JWFNY’s annual gathering of The Network;
  • intermittent networking and skills-building activities via webinar;
  • on-line network of Jewish women social entrepreneurs;
  • opportunity to meet with JWFNY members when visit g nY <<???>>; visits from JWFNY members when they are in your city (pending availability;
  • up to $5,000 to use for professional development one the course of the first year; and
  • membership in The Collective for as long you choose.

How Do I Become a Member of The Collective?

There is no application process. There is a pool of prospective members of The Collective. Each year, ten entrepreneurs or leaders who are working in that year’s priority area will be added to The Collective. If you believe you fit the requirements listed above, please share your work with us here .

What Are This Years’ Priority Areas?

JWFNY is choosing members of The Collective who are working in one or more of three areas: Marginalized Populations; Amplifying Young Voices; and/or Movement- and Community-building.

What If I’m Not Chosen?

if you qualify, your name and organization will be kept in the pool for consideration. While you won’t be a member of The Collective until you are chosen by JWFNY, you are welcome to attend The Convening and participate in the activities of The Network.

Benefits to Collective Members

When an entrepreneur or leader is selected to be a part of The Collective, she receives:

  • Up to 3 years of general operating funding for her organization: $20,000 in year one, $10,000 in year two, and $10,000 in year three
  • Up to $5,000 in additional funding to use for professional development over the course of year one
  • An invitation, as our guest, to the JWFNY annual convening in year one (including travel-related expenses)
  • Intermittent networking and skills-building activities via webinar
  • On-line network of Jewish women social entrepreneurs and leaders
  • Opportunities to meet with JWFNY donors when visiting New York; visits from JWFNY donors when they are in her city (pending availability)
  • Membership in The Collective for as long as she chooses

Eligibility Requirements

All JWFNY grant recipients are considered members of The Collective.

You:

  • Use your Jewish values to create change for women and girls throughout the world.
  • Are the lead professional and/or founder of your organization.

Your Organization:

  • Addresses a social problem that primarily affects women and/or girls (but can secondarily affect other community members).
  • Is registered as a nonprofit organization in its home country or has a fiscal sponsor.
  • Does not direct lobbying expenses to influence elections, or offer programs that discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or disability.
  • Provides innovation or an innovative approach to solving an intractable or pressing universal problem.
  • Provides a catalyst for growth – for the organization or a specific program.
  • Embraces the importance of knowledge transfer within the social sector including from one Collective Member to another.

Our 2018-2019 Focus Areas:

Organizations that will be considered in the 2018-2019 year will fall into one or more of these focus areas:

  • Populations on the Margins: Improve opportunities and eliminate barriers for underserved populations excluded from mainstream economic, cultural, or political life.
  • Amplifying Young Voices: Place young people at the center of the conversation to unlock their potential and become today’s leaders.
  • Community and Movement Building: Build coalitions or networks that increase collaboration, break down silos, and create social change.

FAQ Grantees

What are JWFNY’s funding priorities?
JWFNY grantmaking addresses the needs of women and girls in the United States, Israel and around the world through a Jewish and gender lens and works to advance the efforts and profiles of Jewish women social entrepreneurs and leaders. JWFNY funds organizations that are run or founded by a Jewish woman who is using her Jewish values to make change for women and girls throughout the world. Organizations that will be considered for the 2018-2019 year will fall into the following focus areas: populations on the margins, amplifying young voices, and community and movement building.

What is a Social Entrepreneur?
Social entrepreneurs drive social innovation and transformation in various fields including, but certainly not limited to, education, environment, enterprise development, health, and poverty. They pursue their goals with entrepreneurial zeal, business methods and the courage to innovate and overcome traditional practices. A social entrepreneur, similar to a business entrepreneur, builds strong and sustainable organizations, which are either set up as not-for-profit organizations (501c(3)). A social entrepreneur is a leader or pragmatic visionary who:

  • Achieves large scale, systemic and sustainable social change through a new invention, a different approach, a more rigorous application of known technologies or strategies, or a combination of these.
  • Focuses first and foremost on the social and/or ecological value creation and tries to optimize the financial value creation.
  • Innovates by finding a new product, a new service, or a new approach to a social problem. 
  • Continuously refines and adapts approach in response to feedback. 
  • Combines the characteristics represented by Richard Branson and Mother Teresa.

What is Social Entrepreneurship?
Social entrepreneurship is 

  • About applying practical, innovative and sustainable approaches to benefit society in general, with an emphasis on those who are marginalized and poor.
  • A term that captures a unique approach to economic and social problems, an approach that cuts across sectors and disciplines grounded in certain values and processes that are common to each social entrepreneur, independent of whether his/her area of focus has been education, health, welfare reform, human rights, workers’ rights, environment, economic development, agriculture, etc.
  • It is this approach that sets the social entrepreneur apart from the rest of the crowd of well-meaning people and organizations who dedicate their lives to social improvement.

What is a “collective member”? What benefits do collective members receive?
JWFNY is building a Collective of Jewish women social entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs who receive funding from JWFNY are considered “collective members”. When an entrepreneur becomes part of the Collective, she receives:

  • 3 years of capacity building/general operating funding (amounts to be determined based on budget) for up to 10 social entrepreneurs
  • An invitation as our guest to annual convening in Y1 (including travel-related expenses)
  • Intermittent networking and skills-building activities via webinar
  • On-line network of Jewish women social entrepreneurs
  • Opportunities to meet with JWFNY members when visiting NY; visits from JWFNY members when they are in her city (pending availability)
  • Up to $5,000 to use for professional development over the course of the first year
  • Membership in the Collective for as long as she chooses
  • Estimated total value of package: $60,000 (includes grant, travel subsidies, professional development, webinars, network, etc.)

Entrepreneurs (other than grantees) can become part of the collective, at will. She receives:

  • An invitation to an annual JWFNY convening at her expense, but with a discounted rate
  • Intermittent networking and skills-building activities via webinar
  • On-line network of Jewish women social entrepreneurs
  • Possible opportunities to meet with JWFNY members when visiting NY
  • Membership in the Collective for as long as she chooses

Who is eligible to apply?
Eligibility requirements for prospective collective members:

  • Organizations must be run or founded by a Jewish woman who is currently using her Jewish values to create change for women and girls throughout the world.
  • The work of the organization must focus on addressing a social problem that primarily affects women and/or girls (but can, secondarily affect other community members).
  • Organizations must be registered as a nonprofit in the United States or hold an equivalent incorporation status in their home country and must not fund individuals, direct lobbying expenses to influence legislation/elections, or programs that discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or disability.
  • Grantees must provide innovation or an innovative approach to solving an intractable or pressing universal problem.
  • Grantees must provide a catalyst for growth – for the organization or a specific program.
  • Grantees need to embrace the importance of knowledge transfer within the social sector including from one grantee to another.

What is JWFNY’s process for selecting organizations to receive funding?
JWFNY does not accept unsolicited applications. Entrepreneurs may use the portal on our website to let us know about their work. Organizations will be vetted by JWFNY professionals and volunteers and entrepreneurs will be contacted if JWFNY wishes for her to submit a proposal.

How can I provide information to JWFNY about my organization?
Please use the form on JWFNY’s portal to tell us more about yourself and your leadership as well as the organization you are working for. We look forward to learning more about your work. Please note that JWFNY will contact you only if you are being considered for a grant this year.

Do grantees ever get to meet each other?
JWFNY will hold one large convening each year where collective members and the JWFNY community will gather to meet each other and learn together. The convening will promote advocacy for social entrepreneurship by providing women leaders, inside our network and beyond, educational, networking, technical, and financial assistance through their association with us.  In addition, as resources permit, we will provide virtual opportunities for collective members to meet together and with us to deepen our knowledge and strengthen our relationships.

Tell Us About Your Work

If you and your organization meet all of our eligibility requirements, please tell us about yourself and your work using our online form