A Collaboration Between the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation, Israel, and the Jewish Funders Network

Goals of the Matching Grant Initiative

  • To help build the ecosystem of impact entrepreneurship in Israel.
  • To fund organizations, projects and academic institutions that foster the pioneering spirit in creating new tools and innovative models for social change.
  • To encourage the creation of new and innovative economic models to help alleviate social problems.
  • To energize and strengthen organizations and academic institutions working in the field of social business and impact entrepreneurship.
  • To use the leverage of matching funds to foster the field and bring both new funders and new funding into the field.
  • To encourage funders to engage with non-profits and other organizations on particular projects and take an active role in developing and increasing those organizations’ impact.

For the purpose of this grant, all applications must be submitted and executed through NGOs with the 46A (Israel) tax designation.Projects must enhance or expand the Ecosystem infrastructure – this applies to both for-profit, not-for-profit initiatives as well as collaborations between the two.

The ecosystem of impact entrepreneurship, or the environment in which this operates, includes (but is not limited to): social business investment platforms, microfinance initiatives, social impact bonds, impact startup hubs/incubators/accelerators, social startup hubs/incubators/accelerators, academic & research institutions, etc.

Impact, for the purpose of this initiative refers to intentional and measurable social and financial ROI (double or triple bottom line). Please note that this initiative is an impact grant, not an investment.

If you are interested in applying and the work you do is beyond the scope mentioned above, please contact JFN staff to discuss eligibility:

Israel inquiries: Emily Friedman-Novak at emily@jfunders.org

US inquiries: Melissa Rosen at melissa@jfunders.org

The Matching Fund will match new and increased gifts from eligible donors to organizations and projects that foster the goals of the matching grant. By doing that, it will provide a needed injection of capital into the field and also develop funding capacity for the long term.

Requests for matching funds must be made through an online application process and must meet the following eligibility requirements:




• New, private donors who make a first-time donation of $25,000 (NIS 100,000) or more to the field of impact entrepreneurship
• Private donors who have already contributed to an organization involved in impact entrepreneurship in Israel and are at least doubling their largest previous donation in the field.
• Minimum-Maximum match: $25,000-$150,000 (NIS 100,000-525,000)
• Gift must be program-specific unless the mission of the organization is exclusively impact entrepreneurship related
• Donor can reside anywhere regardless of organization location
• One-year gifts
• Are or will become JFN members




  • Operating budget size must be at least $250,000 per year
  • Financially stable
  • Minimum TWO – year operating history
  • Amuta or nonprofit-equivalent status, with 46A required
  • Multiple applications permitted
  • Match will be capped at $150,000 per organization
  • Length of project: 1 year minimum
  • Organization must provide services in Israel but do not need to be headquartered in Israel
  • Grant Type: Program-specific unless the mission of the organization is exclusively impact entrepreneurship related.
    • Only organizations whose missions specifically reflect the field of impact entrepreneurship and the need for
      new tools and models of social change will be eligible for general operating support grants as part of this initiative.
  • Alignment: Degree to which the organization’s mission aligns with the goals set out in this Initiative
  • Partnerships/Collaborations:
    • Academic and higher education collaborations, including research.
    • Projects that involve collaboration between local organizations and/or partnerships between national organizations and local partners
    • Collaborations between the impact entrepreneurship ecosystem and academic institutions
  • Capacity: Organizations with a proven ability to implement proposed programs

For media and other inquiries, please contact:
Melissa Rosen
Telephone: 212.726.0177 x216
Email: melissa@jfunders.org