Source: Jim Joseph Foundation
The Jim Joseph Foundation is conducting its first-ever Request for Proposals (RFP) in two grantmaking areas: 1) Cohort-Based Educator Professional Development Programs in Jewish Education and 2) Leadership Development for Current and Future Leaders in Jewish Education. This RFP process will begin with submissions of Letters of Interest (LOI). The Foundation views the RFPs as an experiment and an opportunity to identify a diverse group of exceptional programs in these areas. Throughout this process, the Foundation also will continue its previous grantmaking activities.
Educator Professional Development
The Jim Joseph Foundation is embarking on a pilot program to invest in a cohort of Educator Professional Development programs providing in-service training for Jewish educators. This program will also offer a Community of Practice for the directors of each of the professional development programs funded through this pilot. Funding will support up to ten three-year grants to institutions that provide ongoing cohort-based professional development and training to a select group of Jewish educators serving teens, college students, young adults and/or families with young children (ages 0-5). The proposed program to be funded--whether a new or existing program--must launch no later than September, 2018. Funding may include partial subsidies for educators participating in each of the selected programs plus additional dollars for limited organizational support (e.g., marketing, recruitment, faculty, etc.).
Over the past decade, it has become increasingly evident that the investment in professional development and training of leaders in Jewish education organizations is an essential long-term strategy for achieving the Jim Joseph Foundation’s broader mission of fostering compelling, effective learning experiences for young Jews. Better supported and trained leaders produce and sustain more successful, sustainable organizations.
With this need in mind, the Jim Joseph Foundation has begun to structure a framework for funding a new set of investments in current and future leaders in Jewish education organizations, with the initial over-arching goal for the Foundation to learn more about the field of Jewish leadership and have greater clarity around the most effective ways to invest. The Foundation is seeking to deepen its investment in leaders through supporting leadership development, management skills and technical knowledge. To expand its portfolio of existing leadership grants, the Foundation seeks to fund up to six additional programs over three years through one funding cycle.
For more information about the RFP's in both areas, see the Jim Joseph Foundation website.