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JJ Greenberg Memorial Award

Award to a USA, Canada, or International Young
Professional for Leadership in Jewish Philanthropy

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Jewish Funders Network (JFN)

Deadline Date:

01/08/19 5:00 PM EST


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Award of $5,000 to a USA, Canada, or International young professional to recognize outstanding leadership in Jewish philanthropy. Nominations are invited on behalf of foundation professionals ages 40 and under. The cash award may be used for professional development or charitable contributions.

The award was created and endowed by JJ's family, friends and colleagues as a memorial for Jonathan Joseph Greenberg following his untimely death in a traffic accident in 2002, when he was just 36. The Award is presented annually to an individual who, like JJ, has exemplified through words and deeds the highest of Jewish values and the relentless pursuit of excellence in all aspects of life.

JJ served as executive director of the Steinhardt Foundation/Jewish Life Network (JLN) from its inception in 1995, working closely with his father, Rabbi Irving “Yitz” Greenberg, the foundation’s president, and its chairman, Michael Steinhardt. JJ assisted in creating such landmark programs and institutions as Birthright Israel; the Makor/Steinhardt Center on Manhattan’s Upper West Side; the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE); Synagogue Transformation and Renewal (STAR); and the Jewish Early Childhood Education Partnership. He also helped oversee national programs in conjunction with Hillel and the Jewish Heritage Program, among others. JJ was a spontaneous personality who enjoyed a wide range of interests. Possessed of an infectious enthusiasm, he spoke fluent Hebrew, took great joy in his work, demonstrated great vision and achieved impressive results in all of his endeavors.

The Award recognizes JJ for his contributions to Jewish life and helps to advance the field of Jewish philanthropy by:
-Inspiring and challenging all foundation professionals to embody the values that defined his career
-Encouraging more people like JJ to enter the field
-Celebrating the accomplishments of the recipients

Candidates should exemplify JJ’s legacy:
-Be of good character, exhibiting qualities such as humility, kindness, thoughtfulness, and humor;
-Display creativity and innovation in their professional work;
-Possess strong leadership and communications skills;
-Demonstrate a broad understanding of the commitment to tikkun olam;
-Be collaborative and persuasive advocates for Judaism, Jewish causes, Israel, and Klal Yisrael and committed to the full integration of Jewish living in the general society; and
-Show potential for growth and advancement in the field of Jewish philanthropy.

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GrantWatch ID#: 178631

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Recipients of the JJ Greenberg Memorial Award receive an item of Judaica and $5,000 to be used for professional development or tzedekah (charity).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The JJ Greenberg Memorial Award honors foundation professionals engaged in grantmaking, age 40 and under, who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in Jewish philanthropy.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for all nominations, references, and personal statements is Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 5:00 PM EST. Incomplete nominations will not be considered.

Each nomination should consist of exactly one Nomination Form, exactly two Reference Forms, and exactly one Personal Statement Form from the nominee.

The winner will be announced at the JFN 2019 International Conference - Join hundreds of funders and foundation professionals in San Francisco March 17–19, 2019 for three days of deep learning, personal connections, and stimulating conversation.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Judy Mann

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.