Have a cool idea? #MakeItHappen

makeHave an idea you want to put into action?  Here’s your chance!  Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington Partner with the Schusterman Philanthropic Network to provide micro-grants within Greater Washington Jewish Community.  Check out the press release below to find out how you can get funding for your cool Jewish idea.


Washington, DC – Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington announced that they will join as community partners in the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Philanthropic Network’s (Schusterman) #MakeItHappen Micro-Grants Initiative – Schusterman’s global call-to-action for Jewish individuals to submit inspiring ideas for creating Jewish experiences in their communities. Schusterman will select up to 50 ideas from around the world for micro-grants of up to $1,000 each, with five ideas receiving up to $5,000. Submissions will be accepted through January 15, 2014. The initiative is designed to activate ideas from individuals, not solicit requests from organizations for operating or programmatic budgets.

As Greater Washington’s community partners, Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington will grant up to twelve additional #MakeItHappen grants between $1,000 and $2,500 to individuals from the Greater Washington area. Preference will be given to ideas that have the potential to expand and have long-term sustainability and impact on the Greater Washington or global Jewish community.

“These micro-grants provide support for emerging leaders and serve as a catalyst for innovation within our local Jewish community,” said Simone Friedman Rones, President of Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies.

Steven A. Rakitt, CEO of The Federation, added, “This is an innovative approach to engaging individuals and opening the door for future involvement in our community. We are very excited and thankful to partner with  EJF Philanthropies and the Schusterman Philanthropic  Network on this great effort.”

This campaign is a means of promoting and supporting a new generation of Jewish leadership, especially those who may not have otherwise been involved with the local philanthropic community.  Selected projects will identify creative means of engaging, serving, and leading local Jewish communities – from hackathons to meetups, Shabbat dinners to service projects.

More on Schusterman’s process and guidelines:

  • Submit it!  For a limited time, individuals 18 years of age and older can upload their inspiring ideas for a project, event or program that will make a difference in their communities and engage their peers in a meaningful Jewish experience.  Terms and restrictions apply.
  • Share it!  Eligible ideas will be posted on the #MakeItHappen website where they can be shared with friends, fans and followers on Facebook, Twitter and anywhere else people like to convene and converse.  Visitors to the site can search ideas by topic and location, “Like” their favorites and even contact the creators directly to assist them in making those ideas happen.
  • #MakeItHappen!  Schusterman will announce several recipients per week through January 15, 2014. Schusterman will also share additional opportunities for all people who submit ideas to help #MakeItHappen in their communities.

A few key details to keep in mind:

  • A central part of the experience must have a specific nexus with Jewish life, whether it is cultural, educational, spiritual or social.
  • Organizations cannot submit projects nor receive a micro-grant. They have to be submitted by an individual who is personally going to take the lead on making it happen.
  • Micro-grants are not intended to be small “operating grants” for existing projects.  They are intended to support “experience grants” that enable specific programs/events that would not have occurred otherwise.

More info:

For any questions on Greater Washington grants, contact Sarah Arenstein, Federation’s Young Leadership Director, at sarah.arenstein@shalomdc.org or 301.230.7277.

Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies:
Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies (
http://ejfphilanthropies.org/) has  five grantmaking priorities: saving the cheetah from extinction, improving pediatric asthma care, stopping Alzheimer’s Disease, ensuring the continuity of the Jewish community in the Washington, D.C. region, and improving education outcomes for District of Columbia public school students. 

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington: 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s  (www.shalomdc.org) mission is to care for those in need, deepen engagement in Jewish life and strengthen connections among Jews locally, in Israel and in 60 countries around the world. Because of the caring and generosity of our individual donors and corporate sponsors, we are able to help Jews of all ages and walks of life and support interests from education and the arts to social services and cultural programs.

The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Philanthropic Network:

The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Philanthropic Network (SPN) is a global enterprise that supports and creates innovative initiatives for the purpose of igniting the passion and unleashing the power in young people to create positive change for themselves, the Jewish community and the broader world. SPN includes the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, Schusterman Foundation-Israel, ROI Community and REALITY. www.schusterman.org.


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