Committee Work, Collective Wisdom

Committee work is essential to the empowerment of our members and the growth of JWFNY. The Foundation seeks to educate and expand the skill sets and expertise of our members so that they become empowered to create change in every aspect of their philanthropy. We encourage members to follow their interests and use their knowledge, as well as to learn on the job. When you take a seat at one of our committee meetings, you are choosing to build our community by strengthening the lives of Jewish women and girls.

Advocacy and Policy Committee

This committee is charged with determining which issue(s) related to women and girls the Foundation should advocate for and the best methods to achieve change.

Development Committee

This committee plans and executes the Foundation’s fundraising. Members are responsible for attracting new members and donors and planning fundraising events.

Finance Committee

This committee is responsible for all areas pertaining to the finances of the Foundation, including the preparation and analysis of the budget. Members also work with financial advisors to help determine how the organization’s assets are invested.

Grants Committee

This committee oversees the annual grant cycle. Members review grant proposals, interview potential grantees and award JWFNY grants. The committee is charged with allocating $425,000 annually.

Research Committee

This committee conducts research to identify major issues affecting women and girls in the Jewish community, studies potential thematic areas for funding and analyzes and evaluates other ad-hoc projects. The research committee is convened as needed.

Symposium Committee

This committee plans briefings and symposiums on topics relevant to women and girls in the Jewish community.