Family Program (75% of Foundation’s yearly allocation):
Support will be provided in the following four areas:
- Jewish Causes (30%);
- American Democracy (30%);
- Arts & Culture (30%);
- Special Projects (10%), as defined by the Board of Directors.
Discretionary Program (25% of Foundation’s yearly allocation):
One quarter of the Foundation’s yearly allocation will be divided equally among the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Each Foundation Board member will have discretion over the allocation of his/her portion.
The Foundation seeks to strengthen the Jewish community of Washington, D.C. through its support of spiritual leaders, synagogues and community programs that educate Jewish children and adults and support the development of Jewish identity. Priority will be given to leaders, institutions and projects that:
- use innovative tools to examine the current state of Jewish identity;
- foster dialogue and bridge cultural divides;
- expand Jewish culture in a modern way.
The Foundation seeks to advance and promote public understanding and appreciation for the United States of America and for the animating principles and values of American democracy. To encourage understanding of the unique nature of the American democracy, possible philanthropic engagement can include gifts to museums; educational programs for children; awards and scholarships to institutions and schools that have made significant contributions in American history, political science or cultural diplomacy; and underwriting the cost of convening thought leaders who shape policy.
Arts & Culture
The Foundation is committed to celebrating the cultural assets of Washington, D.C. and its surrounding areas. The Foundation’s arts & culture portfolio includes support for museum activities, performing arts, visual arts, film, media and art education programs. Priority will be given to projects that:
- use art as a tool for public dialogue and education;
- use public celebrations of art as a way to bring the community together;
- share community-building models developed by community-based arts institutions;
- integrate different segments of society and awaken civic engagement.
The primary geographic interest area of the Foundation’s Family Program is Washington, D.C., and the surrounding areas. The Discretionary Program does not have a geographic focus.
No grants will be made to individuals, to private foundations, or as loans.
Organizations must be classified by the Internal Revenue Service as public charities and tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
The minimum grant size for the Foundation’s Family Program is $10,000. There is no minimum grant size for the Discretionary Program.
The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. Two board meetings are held each year in March and September. Grants are awarded in June and December.
Type of Support
General Operating support, program support, capacity building, and capital campaign requests will be considered. In addition, the Foundation will consider support for conferences and convening events relevant to its three core areas.
The Bernstein Family Foundation
c/o: Ami Aronson, MPH, Executive Director
3299 K Street, NW, Suite 700 Washington, D.C. 20007