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New $1 million matching fund created for Jewish social justice causes

(JTA) – A group of foundations announced they are giving away up to $1 million in matching funds to Jewish social justice organizations.

The $1 million pot to help advance progressive causes, which was announced Monday at the Jewish Funders Network conference in Beverly Hills, Calif., will be funded by the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Jewish Funders Network, the Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation, the Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation and other foundation partners.

“These funds will help continue the efforts of those seeking justice in our communities, a commitment that stretches back generations,” said Simon Greer, president and CEO of the Nathan Cummings Foundation. “The fund announced today seeks to provide new funding for existing efforts, and will also help unleash the creativity of the Jewish social justice community to find new and exciting ways to combat the injustices of our era.”

To be eligible for the fund, organizations must be 501(c)3 organizations operating in the United States and "self-articulate as a Jewish initiative and/or embody Jewish values including Jewish organizations launching social justice initiatives," according to a statement announcing the fund.

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