Donors Making a Difference
Our donors strengthen the community by creating named endowment funds to support Jewish life in Arizona and in Israel. Learn about some of these funds, which help us fulfill our mission to build a permanent source of financial support for a vibrant, enduring Jewish community.
Every child deserves the opportunity to go to camp, make lifelong friends, and celebrate Jewish and Israeli culture through song, food, art, and dance. Thanks to the generous individuals and families listed below, the Jewish Community Foundation provides need-based scholarships for Jewish children who need financial support to attend summer camp.
All camp scholarships are intended to provide “last resort” community resources beyond what is contributed by families and individual camps. Each year the number of requests for camp scholarships exceeds the funds. Please help send a child to Jewish summer day camp and strengthen their Jewish identity by contributing to one or more of these funds.
S. Jack Bromfield Camp Endowment Fund
Provides need-based scholarships for children to attend Jewish summer camp. To learn about the origins of the S. Jack Bromfield fund, visit Jack Bromfield’s Endowment Book of Life page.
Kenneth Maltenfort Memorial Endowment Fund
Provides need-based scholarships for Jewish children attending Jewish overnight camp. To learn more about the origins of the Maltenfort fund, visit the Maltenfort Family’s Endowment Book of Life page.
Labe Eric Targovnik Scholarship Fund
Provides need-based scholarship funding for high school or college age students to participate in trips to Israel or Jewish summer camp experience. To learn about the origins of the Labe Eric Targovnik Scholarship Fund, visit the Targovnik family’s Endowment Book of Life page.
DAY SCHOOL AND ISRAEL SCHOLARSHIPS
Donating to any JCF scholarship fund enables many of our young people to attend Jewish-oriented schools, camp programs, and international experiences that they might not otherwise be able to experience without your financial assistance.
Harold and Jean Grossman Israel Experience Endowment Fund
Provides funding to encourage teens to participate in an Israel experience program of at least a one week duration. Teens ages 15-18, living in Greater Phoenix are eligible to receive an incentive grant. Hundreds of teens have benefited from this incentive program since its creation in 1995. To learn more about the origins of the Harold and Jean Grossman Israel Experience Endowment Fund, visit the Grossmans’ Endowment Book of Life page.
Jewish Day School Scholarship
Initially established by a generous donation from Sheila Schwartz, and supported throughout the years by Jewish day school education advocates, this fund provides need-based scholarships for Jewish students to attend private primary or secondary schools that incorporate a significant component of the religion, history, and culture of the Jewish people. Each year more than 60 students receive scholarships from this fund. To learn more about the origins of the Jewish Day School Scholarship Fund, visit Sheila Schwartz’s Endowment Book of Life page.
FIELD OF INTEREST and DESIGNATED FUNDS
A Field of Interest Endowment Fund enables a donor to direct their gift to address a specific area of concern (e.g. Jewish women and children, Jewish education, community outreach, the elderly, professional enrichment), while giving the Foundation the ability to determine how the funds will be spent in that particular field. The distribution of grants from Field of Interest Endowment Funds is overseen by the Jewish Community Foundation’s Grants Committee.
Alvin S. Kraus Endowment
Provides grant funding that benefits our local Jewish community. These funds enable the Jewish Community Foundation to provide funding for new and innovative programs, including one-time events in our community.
Grants from this fund helped launch some of the most successful local programs and organizations, including these and many more:
- Greater Phoenix Jewish Community Kollel
- Hebrew High Care-a-Van, Bureau of Jewish Education
- Jewish Baby University, Bureau of Jewish Education
- Jewish Career Services, Jewish Family & Children’s Service
- Jewish Genetic Diseases Center
- Limmud AZ
- PJ Library
- Valley Beit Midrash
- Women’s Jewish Learning Center
Temple Chai/Shirley & Al’s Passover Pantry
Distributes funds each year to Beth El Congregation, Beth Joseph Congregation and Temple Chai to help individuals and families purchase kosher for Passover food. To learn more about the origins of the Temple Chai/Shirley & Al’s Passover Pantry Fund, visit their Endowment Book of Life page.
Physically Disadvantaged Children’s Fund
Provides funds to assist physically disadvantaged children in greater Phoenix. For many years this grant provided summer camp inclusion resources to enable children with special needs to attend typical day camp programs.