The Baltimore-based has announced grants totaling $3.6 million in support of workforce development programs in the United States and Israel.
The grants were awarded as part of a match program with the , launched in 2013, that sought to increase both the number of funders and amount of dollars supporting organizations and projects that address unemployment and underemployment for both the Jewish and non-Jewish communities. Through JFN, a total of sixty-one foundations or individuals provided a qualifying grant of at least $25,000 ($20,000 in Israel) that was matched on a 1:1 basis by the foundation (up to a maximum of $100,000), generating an additional $5.7 million for twenty-nine direct service providers in the two countries.
Grant recipients include Brooklyn-based , which was awarded $200,000 to prepare young adults in AmeriCorps for jobs in energy conservation and urban agriculture; the , which will receive $490,000 to provide comprehensive employment services and training; and Empowering People in Netanya, Israel, which was awarded $50,000 to provide tech training to low-income individuals.
"These grants are all about creating and improving opportunities for low-income folks to improve their lives through work and increased earned income," said Donn Weinberg, trustee and executive vice president of the Weinberg Foundation. "The donors who participate in this matching initiative are compassionate champions of the poor; their generous response far surpassed our expectations. And now, many more folks with no jobs or bad jobs can get the important training to get and keep better jobs, or even to start real careers or even their own businesses. Then, they’ll be able to earn more money and more securely support themselves and their families."