For Immediate Release
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September 6, 2023 – The Good People Fund (GPF) today announced $2.63 million in grants supporting grassroots organizations in the United States and Israel addressing challenging social and humanitarian needs with vision and determination.
From the realms of food justice and LGBTQ+ rights, to educational opportunity and refugee assistance, GPF-supported organizations are uplifting individuals and communities, and meeting existing and emerging challenges with unique, often replicable models.
“Each of our grantee organizations is led by an inspiring ‘good person,’ who is so often moved by personal experience or exposure to change the status quo and the world the way it exists. Each has devised a singular and creative way to address a need, fill a void, and make impact,” said Naomi Eisenberger, GPF Co-Founder and Executive Director.
“This is what commitment to tikkun olam, repair of the world, looks like. GPF is immensely proud to support and partner with each of them.”
Since its establishment in 2008 — 15 years ago — Millburn, NJ-based GPF has raised just over $27 million and has disbursed over $23.2 million to support and help grow 242 non-profit organizations primarily in the United States and Israel. In the fiscal year ending June 30, GPF raised just over $3 million.
GPF targets change-making initiatives in crucial areas including inclusion, health and well being, women’s and girls’ empowerment, welfare of children and youth, care of elders, hunger relief, food rescue, support of refugees, fighting antisemitism and hatred, and more.
A full list of GPF grantees appears at www.goodpeoplefund.org. Organizations in the United States receiving new GPF grants are:
A Courageous Voice, West Bloomfield, MI — A Courageous Voice works to prevent child sexual abuse in Metropolitan Detroit and beyond through education and programming offering tools to keep youth safe online and off. GPF matching funds are directed at administrative expenses.
Civic Spirit, New York, NY — Civic Spirit is dedicated to enhancing the teaching and practice of civic knowledge, belonging and responsibility within a growing and diverse range of faith-based schools across the country. A GPF grant supports the expansion of a student leadership program.
Kavod v’Nichum, Maplewood, NJ — Kavod v’Nichum (Hebrew for “honor and comfort”) provides the Jewish community with resources, educational programming and trainings to elevate end-of-life conversations and practices — from serious illness through death, bereavement and mourning. GPF matching funds are directed to training programs.
Zumwalt Acres, Sheldon, IL — Zumwalt Acres is an agricultural community modeling land stewardship that is regenerative, sustainable, socially responsible and rooted in Jewish values. GPF matching funds are directed at stipends for young people who farm the land, conduct research, establish best practices, outreach to the surrounding community, and more.
Organizations in Israel receiving new GPF grants are:
Brit Ha’Leviot, Tel Aviv — Brit Ha’Leviot promotes the rights and wellbeing of transgender and gender diverse youth by supporting them and their families, educating greater society and advocating for social, cultural and institutional change that is affirming and inclusive. A GPF matching grant is offsetting administrative expenses.
JLM Food Rescuers, Jerusalem — JLM Food Rescuers works to create a more just and sustainable urban food ecosystem and decrease food waste by diverting surplus produce from the wholesale market to communities in need, promoting food literacy and operating a sustainable catering business. GPF matching funds are directed to operating expenses.
Tag Meir, Rehovot Gan — Tag Meir connects disparate groups across the spectrum of Israeli society to eradicate racism and violence, educate for tolerance and empathy, and raise the voices of those committed to democratic values. A GPF grant is directed to administrative expenses.
TransIsrael, Tel Aviv — TransIsrael promotes the economic, social and legal rights of trans women in Israel, with a specific focus on those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds, and supports the community by providing humanitarian and support services, cultural events and workshops at its TransHouse drop-in center. A GPF grant supports individuals in need of emergency support.
Waves of Hope, Bnei Brak — Waves of Hope uses surfing therapy to rehabilitate religious youth vulnerable to detrimental behaviors due to various social, emotional, cognitive and family issues at different levels of severity. A GPF grant supports a new program for girls.
The Good People Fund, founded in 2008, is inspired by ordinary people with extraordinary drive to make deep, uplifting impact in communities in the United States, Israel and elsewhere around the world. We find them, support them, counsel them … and watch as lives are changed and new and creative ways of addressing social and economic challenges take root and flourish. Our driving value is tikkun olam – repair of the world – and our extended family of visionaries, supporters and donors embrace the notion that small actions lead to huge impacts.