Announcement of the Second Stage Fund Grant Recipients
The Samuel Bronfman Foundation launched a Second Stage Fund to help enable post start-ups actualize their transition into the next stage of development. As a Foundation that believes in long-term, deep impact philanthropy, we hoped to specifically address the need of supporting mid-level organizations at critical points in their growth trajectories.
We received 131 applications from organizations that are all thinking about their long term sustainability. We saw a field in which organizations are at varying stages in asking questions about their second stage growth, falling at different points across a spectrum. Ultimately, the fund’s grant recipients were organizations that had not only asked the right questions, but were identifying answers and implementing creative solutions to transition into their second stage of development.
Each of the grant recipients has galvanized its sector, as it addresses a unique need in the Jewish community and offers an alternative way for individuals to connect to their Jewish identity that feels meaningful, authentic and relevant. These organizations have a proven track record and have cultivated a diverse range of dedicated stakeholders including active participants, highly talented staff, strong professional leadership and a highly invested donor base.
Mechon Hadar is an educational institution that seeks to empower a generation of Jews to create and sustain vibrant, practicing, egalitarian communities of Torah learning, prayer, and service. Through its non-hierarchical leadership model of four co-directors, Hadar transcends the vision of one person, enabling it to thrive and achieve impact through collaborative strategic thinking.
Keshet is the leading organization in the U.S. working for LGBT inclusion in all facets of Jewish life. After merging with Jewish Mosaic: The National Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, Keshet has developed into a national organization with local offices in Boston, Denver and San Francisco.
Keshet has succeeded in working closely with strategic partners in the community including parents and individuals, as well as key national institutions.
Hazon creates healthy and sustainable communities in the Jewish world and beyond. Hazon is playing a critical leadership role in field-building, working to consolidate likeminded organizations and harness the energy and resources of hundreds of alumni around the country to advance their shared mission.
By merging with the Isabella Freedman Retreat Center, Hazon will further consolidate the environmental sector and increase the organization’s impact.