The first step in applying for a grant from the Righteous Persons Foundation is to ensure your program’s eligibility. Applications are only reviewed for organizations that have tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status. If your project does not have tax-exempt status, you must submit an application through a 501(c)(3) organization serving as your fiscal sponsor.

What We Fund:

RPF is dedicated to supporting efforts that build a vibrant, just, and inclusive Jewish community in the United States. While past grants have been made in a number of areas, the Foundation is currently directing the majority of its resources towards organizations and projects that are national in scope and:

  • Foster Jewish arts, culture, and identity
    To revitalize and illuminate Jewish identity today, RPF invests in projects that make the old new. That means digging into Judaism’s rich and varied history to expand and enrich the content being transmitted.
  • Inspire a commitment to social justice
    To advance justice in America, RPF looks to help enable Jews to draw upon our deep commitment to activism and mobilize a “Jewish presence” on the key social and economic issues of our time.
  • Promote understanding between Jews and those of other faiths and backgrounds
    To ensure a more tolerant society, RPF supports those working as change-agents to promote tolerance through a broad range of methods.
  • Invest in the next generation
    To engage the next generation on issues of Jewish identity, community, and meaning, RPF is interested in new pathways that bet on emerging, authentic, grassroots models; leverage new technologies; and invest in future leaders.

While we wish we could support all of the worthwhile projects in need of assistance, Righteous Persons Foundation has limited funds and is unable to provide grants to all of the programs that match our priorities.

What We Don’t Fund

Funding is generally not provided for the following:

  • Direct aid to individuals
  • Individual synagogues or day schools
  • Conferences, seminars, and workshops
  • Capital and/or building campaigns
  • Scholarships and university programs
  • Programs servicing individuals and communities outside of the United States with the exception of media projects with a focus on co-existence
  • Fundraising events and/or mass mailings
  • Endowment funds
  • Support to cover an existing deficit

In the rare case that RPF provides funding to establish an endowment, the Foundation prohibits any deduction from the endowment to cover overhead, indirect expenses, and/or administrative fees.