NEW YORK (JTA) — The Jewish Funders Network will give $750,000 in matching grants to first-time gifts for environmental projects in Israel.
The 900-member JFN, which made the announcement Sunday, is open to individuals and foundations granting at least $25,000 annually to Jewish and/or secular causes.
The Jewish Funders Network/Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund Matching Grant Initiative for the Environment in Israel are open only to JFN members and will be given to match either first-time gifts or gifts that are at least double a donor’s previous gift to an Israeli environmental nonprofit.
Applications for matching grants will be accepted online through July 31.
“The need for protecting Israel’s environment is a growing challenge, even as natural resource depletion and clean water shortages escalate,” said Richard Goldman, founder and president of the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund. “There is a pressing need to proactively and effectively address the environmental impact of rapid industrialization and population growth."
Over the past four years, JFN’s matching grant initiatives have generated more than $60 million in new funds for a range of causes.