JWF of Greater Pittsburgh 2017 Grantmaking by the Numbers

2017 Grantmaking By the Numbers

Two:  Number of Grants Programs

Small Grants - Proposals Up to $10,000

Start-Up Grants - Proposals Between $2,500 and $5,000; for grass-roots organizations and pilot programs

Forty-Two:  Number of Proposals Received (totaling $332,000 in requests)

Total Number of Small Grants Requests               32

Total Number of Start-Up Grants Requests:          10

Jewish Community:        9

Small Grants:        4

Start-Up Grants:    5

Community:     33

Small Grants:        28

Start-Up Grants:    5

Sixty-Five:  Number of Trustees Attending Meetings (Some attended more than one meeting)

$75,000:  Total Dollars Distributed   

Eleven:  Total Number of Grants

2,600:  Number of Women & Girls Potentially Impacted


2017 Grantmaking Funded Proposals  

Start-Up Grants

The Global Minds Initiative - $5,000 "Music:  The Universal Language"

The Global Minds Initiative is a "for youth by youth" organization that inspires students of all backgrounds to form social bonds, inter-cultural relationships and to consider global issues through youth-led extra-curricular actives.  It was founded by Peyton Klein in 2016, as a freshman at Taylor Allderdice High School.  

Global Minds aims to select 15 female immigrant and refugee students and 15 Native English speaking students to participate in the 2017/2018 pilot program, "Music: The Universal Language".  Through a dynamic partnership with Pittsburgh Musical Theater (PMT), The Global Minds Initiative will be able to provide the opportunity for female immigrant and refugee students to participate in the existing Musical Theater Workshop program at PMT and seek further integration within their student community.

G.O Girls - $4,000 "Girl Talk"

G.O Girls is a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the critical need for supportive services for young women transitioning out of foster care. According to the Aging Out Institute, statistics show that after reaching the age of 18, 20 percent of the children who were in foster care will become instantly homeless. Only 1 out of every 2 foster child who ages out of the system will have some form of gainful employment by the age of 24. There is less than a 3 percent chance for children who have aged out of foster care to earn a college degree at any point in their life, and 7 out of 10 girls who age out of the foster care system will become pregnant before the age of 21. G.O Girls supports their participants through volunteerism and peer-support while focusing on the importance of being an individual.

Holocaust Center - $4,000 "Girls Empowerment Program"

The Holocaust Center (HC) inspires engagement with Holocaust history and connects it to today. Through their programs and educational reach in the region, they draw parallels between past and present problems. This is an educational pilot program focused specifically for young girls and women, that will provide empowerment education by teaching the lessons of the Holocaust using powerful stories of female Holocaust Survivors.

A three-part approach is proposed to empowering young girls and women from Gwen's Girls and Jada House International wherein HC educators will conduct one on one site visits at each of our partner facilities as well as invite the girls from each partner organization to the HC to tour the facility and receive additional education.   The program will introduce female artists involved in the Chutz-Pow! Superheroes of the Holocaust comic book to the participants.  Finally, the HC will host a culminating event with both partners and everyone involved in the pilot.

Tzohar Seminary - $5,000 "Tzohar Arts Integration"

Tzohar Seminary was founded in Pittsburgh in 2011 as a creative, artistic alternative to traditional seminary or "gap" years for orthodox Jewish young women.  It has proven to be a very successful program, drawing young women from all over the world who want to pursue artistic skills in a variety of forms (drawing, painting, music, filmmaking, pottery, etc.)  There is no other program like this across the country.

The Tzohar Arts Integration program is a study and teacher training program for college-aged women. In collaboration with Yeshiva Girls elementary and middle schools, Tzohar students will plan and lead creative arts experiences.   Concurrently, Tzohar will be developing a replicable, arts integration training program for Hebrew and Day schools of all Jewish denominations across North America.

Small Grants

3E Now - $7,000 "Prevention Education and Empowerment (PEET) Program

Since 3010, 3E Now has worked to eliminate intimate partner violence in Western Pennsylvania by empowering young people to become grassroots agents of change.

One in three teenagers has been involved in an abusive relationship, yet only ten percent of Allegheny County students receive any formal education on intimate partner violence. 3E Now is committed to closing this gap.  PEET is 3E Now's flagship program which educates middle and high school students about teen dating violence and bystander intervention.

Angel's Place - $10,000 "Early Childhood Education and Family Support Program"

The single women raising children who come to Angel's Place for services are highly motivated to implement a plan to gain education and sustain employment that will create generational change for their family.  However,  the lack of accessible child care impacts nearly every aspect of a single mother's life from the level of education they can obtain, their mental and physical health care, employment status, and housing options. The caring teaching staff and Family Support Director at Angels' Place help to ensure parents have the resources to reach their goals.

Jewish Healthcare Foundation - $10,000 "Women's Health Activist Movement (WHAMglobal):  Building a Refugee and Immigrant Community Health Worker Model"

Today, the United States ranks 42nd in deaths from pregnancy-related complications globally. The rate of American women who die from pregnancy-related complications is three times higher than any other developed country. It is also important to note the disproportion of poor birth outcomes for immigrant women and refugees nationally and locally in this region. 

This program plans to utilize doulas (prenatal to antenatal health workers and supporters) to help immigrant mothers gain access to effective care by acting as advocates and cultural brokers, and by providing emotional and social support.

The program will identify prospective members of three local immigrant communities (Latino, Bhutanese (Nepali), and Somali) and provide the opportunity for training and credentialing using a new curriculum for community health workers. The program will also work to integrate these individuals as trusted members of maternal care teams while simultaneously creating opportunities for their career advancement. 

Planned Parenthood - $10,000 "Peer Helpers Program"

The Peer Helpers program is a teen pregnancy and STD prevention program designed to help students develop the knowledge, skills, and self-efficacy to avoid sexual risk behaviors. The program employs comprehensive sexual health education through a positive youth development approach, using a peer education model. It focuses on youth in underserved middle and high schools in Allegheny County, and consistently meets its goals of 99% pregnancy prevention and 100% school completion for participating students.

JWF will be underwriting the program at Westinghouse High School.

SHIM - $5,000 "Ruling our eXperiences (ROX) Program for Girls"

In 2013, SHIM's Prospect Park Family Center (PPFC) staff sought to address identified domestic violence (DV) within the refugee population at SHIM.  SHIM determined the best approach for their population of girls from refugee families was Ruling Our eXperiences (ROX).  This non-profit based in Ohio is dedicated to equipping girls with the information and skills needed to live healthy, independent, productive and violence free lives.  

SHIM will host a new ROX cohort for 5th grade girls at Paynter Elementary School.  The program will be open to both international and American-born girls. The goal of this integrated cohort is to facilitate trust and respect among the girls and to lessen the cultural divide that exists. 

Women's Law Project - $5,000 "Breaking the Chains:  Protecting the Rights of Incarcerated Women"

Women are being put behind bars at higher rates than ever before.  Between 1980 and 2014, the female prison population increased by 700% according to a fact sheet by the Sentencing Project. A 2004 Bureau of Justice statistics survey found that 4% of women in state prisons and 3% of women in federal prisons were pregnant when they arrived.  According to an article in the Guardian titled "Pregnant and behind bars: How the US prison system abuses mothers-to-be" from 2015, "approximately 9,430 pregnant women are incarcerated annually."    

This program has two components:  1) educating pregnant female inmates on their rights in regards to shackling and 2) educating the providers who see these women during health care visits.  The goals of the program are to eliminate shackling, educate prison leadership on this issue and make the Women's Law Project legal expertise more accessible to women in the Allegheny County Jail.

Yeshiva Girls School - $10,000 "Healthy Women:  Financial, Physical, Emotional and Mental Well-Being"

Yeshiva Schools' population is typical of Ultra-Orthodox communities, with graduates marrying young and having large families.  Twenty-five percent of Ultra-Orthodox Jews earn college degrees, and 43% earn less than $50,000 per year.  Female positions such as teaching are increasingly professionalized, and it's not enough to be a product of Jewish education to be hireable.  Due to the inward facing nature of Ultra-Orthodox communities, various lifestyle choices swiftly become trends.  Home births, refusal to vaccinate, and radical diets are some recent examples.  Recently, a number of deaths from accidental overdose have spurred the community to reflect and respond.   

For all of these reasons, Yeshiva Girls School recognizes the strong need for a "Healthy Women" program.   And, by partnering with Community College of Allegheny County to offer college level courses in Biology, students will earn college credits at a heavily discounted cost, bringing them closer to earning a bachelor's degree.  With this program, they will gain the knowledge and confidence to make informed health decisions and take on a leadership role within their communities.