About the Enhancing the Israeli STEM Pipeline Matching Grant Initiative
For Organizations and Projects
Application and Process
How much money is available in the matching funds pool?
A $1,000,000 funding pool will be available to match first-time or doubled previous gifts to organizations and projects that foster excellence and literacy in STEM in Israel in formal and informal education.
What is the ratio of matching funds to the gift?
Qualifying gifts ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 will be considered for a 1:1 match, with flexibility to fund less than 100% of requested funds. The maximum match for a single gift is $100,000; individual gifts greater than $100,000 are eligible to receive a maximum of $100,000 in matching funds. For example, a new gift of $115,000 could be matched with $100,000 from the funding pool, generating $215,000 for the organization or project. [NOTE: In order to account for fluctuation in the rate of exchange between the dollar and the shekel, the specific amount to be matched will be set by the rate of exchange immediately prior to allocation.]
What are the Terms and Conditions of the Matching Grant Initiative?
Matching funds are available for gifts that have been committed by donors no earlier than June 1, 2017. Completed applications must be submitted no later than December 31, 2017. Gifts must be paid by donors and received by organizations and projects no later than September 1, 2018.
Submission of an eligible application prior to the deadline does not guarantee matching funds. All eligible gifts will be subject to a review process by a review committee. The determination of the committee shall be final, binding, and conclusive as to all questions and decisions of eligibility and gifts.
Matching funds will only be released once payment verification is submitted to JFN demonstrating that the gift was paid to the organization or project. In order to verify payment, we will require a copy of a cancelled check or wire transfer receipt for the payment made, as well as confirmation from the organization or project.
In order to account for fluctuation in the rate of exchange, JFN and the Rosenbloom Foundation will use the given exchange rate on a day prior to the review committee meeting date. All gift amounts will be converted into dollars and shekels both to ensure that the full $1MM pool is allocated fairly.
The terms and conditions and availability of the matching funds are subject to change and/or termination at any time.
1. You are seeking to match your first philanthropic gift to the field of STEM education in Israel AND this is a gift of $25,000 or NIS 100,000 or more;
2. Your most recent gift to the field of STEM education in Israel was more than five (5) years ago (prior to December 31, 2012) AND this is a gift of $25,000 or NIS 100,000 or more;
3. You have made a recent gift (after January 1, 2013) to the field of STEM education in Israel, but you are currently doubling your largest previous gift (e.g. from $25,000 to $50,000), AND your new gift is $25,000 or NIS 100,000 or more.
Additionally, having a grant matched is a benefit of membership in the Jewish Funders Network. Donors must agree to become members of the Jewish Funders Network if your application is approved. Donors not already JFN members will be contacted by JFN to discuss the benefit of membership. Learn more here.
*Note: We encourage all donors interested in participating in the Matching Grant Initiative to reach out to JFN staff and learn more about available membership options. Please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) and visit JFN Membership for more information and resources.
What is considered an organization or project that fosters excellence and literacy in STEM in Israel, in both formal and informal education?
For the purposes of this Matching Grant Initiative, eligible organizations and projects will foster excellence and literacy in STEM in Israel in formal and informal education.
Eligible organizations and projects include national organizations, local chapters of national organizations, local or regional organizations, museums and cultural centers, community centers, organizations working in schools, academic institutions, and informal education programs, as well as partnerships among any of the preceding categories.
How do I know if my organization or project is eligible?
Eligible organizations and projects must:
Are there specific desirability criteria?
Yes. Learn more about the desirability criteria by clicking here.
Can an eligible organization or project receive more than one gift as part of this Matching Grant Initiative? Is there a maximum amount of funds that an individual organization or project may receive?
Yes. An organization or project may be eligible to receive multiple matches of gifts from separate individual donors, up to $100,000. $100,000 is the maximum amount that any one organization may receive in matching gifts from this Matching Grant Initiative.
Will anything be required of the organization or project once they are awarded the matching funds?
Yes. As a stipulation of receiving funds, organizations participating in the Matching Grant Initiative must commit to answering a brief set of evaluative questions annually for three years after receiving funds to measure the Initiative’s impact.
I am donor interested in participating in this Matching Grant Initiative. How do I know if I am eligible?
You are eligible to apply for matching funds if you meet ANY of the three criteria* below:
*Note: We encourage all donors interested in participating in the Matching Grant Initiative to reach out to JFN staff and learn more about available membership options. Please contact us and visit JFN Membership for more information and resources.
I am not currently a JFN member. How can I participate in the Enhancing the Israeli STEM Pipeline Matching Grant Initiative?
Having a grant matched is a benefit of JFN membership, alongside other services including funder education resources, year-round programming, and networking opportunities. Donors must agree to join JFN if your application is approved. For more information about JFN Membership Benefits, click here.
If you are eligible and interested in joining JFN, please complete the JFN membership application page here. You will be contacted by JFN following the submission of your application.
Please not that JFN membership does not guarantee the receipt of matching funds.
How do I apply?
Applications may be submitted through the online application form in ENGLISH only and are due by December 31, 2017. If extenuating circumstances prevent you from filling out the application form online, please contact us at email@example.com.
Applications will require specific information from donors about funding history and from the grantee organization or project. JFN encourages donors and organizations to work together to prepare this information. Donors are required to schedule a phone conversation with a JFN staff member to introduce them to JFN, confirm eligibility for this program, and learn more about the membership services JFN offers.
Can a donor submit more than one application to different organizations or projects?
Yes, multiple applications will be considered (but not necessarily funded).
What information will the application require about the organization or project being supported?
JFN encourages donors to work with their selected organizations and projects to provide the specific application information requested.
The application questions can be accessed here and will request information about the following items:
For more detailed instructions visit How to Apply.
Will anything be required of the funder once the matching funds are awarded?
The funder will be required to join JFN if not already a member.
How do I know if a gift is eligible?
Gifts are eligible if they are either first-time gifts or doubled previous gifts to the field of STEM education in Israel. Gifts must be given after June 5, 2017 to be eligible for this Matching Grant Initiative.
For more information visit Goals and Guidelines.
Eligible gifts must be cash (checks or wire transfers). Illiquid stocks, annuities, Israel Bonds, or other slowly maturing instruments are not allowed.
NOTE: We cannot match gifts that are made in the form of tangible goods such as Torah scrolls, land, computer equipment or any other items given in place of cash.
I am not based in Israel. Is my gift eligible for this Matching Grant Initiative?
Yes, gifts from donors outside Israel are eligible to be matched.
Will all eligible gifts be matched?
Not necessarily. All eligible gifts will be subject to a review process by a review committee. Matching funds will be awarded based upon eligibility and desirability criteria.
Can gifts be earmarked for a particular program or purpose?
Yes. Gifts to organizations with a primary mission to foster excellence and literacy in STEM in Israel in formal and informal education can be directed to general operating support or for a particular program. Gifts to organizations whose primary mission is not fostering excellence and literacy in STEM in Israel must be restricted to a specific qualifying project of the organization.
What if a gift is not awarded matching funds?
As indicated above, the matching fund pool for this initiative is $1,000,000 and finite. JFN thus anticipates that there will be some donors whose gifts will not be awarded matching funds. While JFN certainly hopes that you will make the proposed gift if matching funds are not awarded, JFN understands that some donors might choose not to pay their gifts in the absence of the matching funds award. If payment of your pledge is contingent on the award of matching funds, please do not submit payment before receiving notification of the review committee’s decision.
Does the gift have to be paid all at once?
No. The donor must provide the total amount of the gift s/he plans to give to the applicant organization. The full amount of the gift must be paid in full no later than September 1, 2018. Instructions for how to submit proof of payment will be included in the grant notice.