Inspired and guided by our tradition of tzedakah (righteousness/charity) and tikkun olam (repairing the world), the National Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federations of North America is dedicated to the continuity, connectivity and thriving future of our North American communities, Israel and the Jewish people. We believe that the future well-being of the global Jewish community is inextricably linked to the power of women's philanthropy, the fastest growing phenomenon in fundraising today. We represent hundreds of thousands of donors around the world; almost 17,000 Lions of Judah; over 3500 Lion of Judah Endowments - all of which comprise an annual campaign of over $160 Million a year, and pledged endowed assets in excess of $550 Million.
But it is not simply campaign dollars in which our strength resides. Women's philanthropy taps into the largest resource of charitable power - the ability to actually improve the world around us - through our acts of tzedakah and chesed. A cursory review of our Women's Philanthropic Profile (update to 2011) demonstrates the real and growing influence of women on the philanthropic landscape, as well as on charitable - and commercial - dollars in North America today. Our participants come from all walks of life and participate at all different stages of their lives. There is no one monolithic profile of the NWP woman, other than the thread that runs through all we do: Kol Yisrael Arevim Zeh L'Zeh - all Jews are responsible for each other - and for the world in which we live.
The NWP is dedicated to ensuring that women who assume positions of responsibility in their communities have the knowledge and confidence to lead, are appropriately trained and have been given the tools to hone their individual abilities and maximize their potential for success. NWP exists to serve the goals and mission of our federation system, its communities and network, and to strengthen the influence of women donors as philanthropists and decision-makers.
NWP strives to facilitate effective communication of the validity, scope, relevance and essential nature of our work through women’s efforts in raising funds for the Federation Campaigns, while at the same time, developing and enhancing Jewish women’s personal, networking and leadership skills.
We seek to provide significant opportunities for all women to affirm their Jewish identity and spirituality, to be proactive in evolving issues of concern to contemporary Jewish women, to engage new cadres of participants and leaders in our communities and to inspire other Jewish women by example.
We believe the future of the Jewish community depends upon the strength of these endeavors, and we pledge ourselves to the fulfillment of this vision.