Recently, our client Carmei Ha’Ir- a Jerusalem charity caring for the needy with dignity- was awarded $50,000 from the Acharai Fund as a result of an application we submitted.
The Acharai Fund has a unique and wonderfully intimate way of reaching its philanthropic goals. In their words:
Founded in 2011 by 35 families in suburban Philadelphia, the Acharai Fund is a multi-generational giving circle which inspires families to engage together in meaningful Jewish philanthropy. … Families are invited to join Acharai with an annual contribution of $5,000 each. One of the key facets of the Acharai Fund is the involvement of the “next generation.” … An annual optional trip to Israel allows Acharai families to experience first-hand the programs and people we support…We are dedicated to teaching and modeling Jewish philanthropy to our children.
We heard of the Fund through a friend and felt that client Carmei Ha’Ir fit perfectly in with its goals. Immediately after submitting the initial proposal, we received a personal email saying that the application had been received and that we would be notified as to the first round decisions.
During this process I went on maternity leave. When were informed that Carmei was one of 18 organizations out of 71 applicants to go on to the second round, Carmei enlisted the help of Israelgrants.com to complete the second stage application. This came at a time when Carmei would begin taking over the feeding of an additional 1,200 needy people whose care was uncertain due to the issues facing the Hazon Yeshaya organization.
To our delight, Carmei was informed that they were one of two finalists. The final stage was submission of a video of Carmei’s work to be shown and voted on at the Acharai annual meeting in September. For this, Carmei added to a film we had produced for them earlier in the year to reflect all of their programs. We are so very thrilled that the Achari Fund recognized the incredible work of Carmei Ha’Ir and proud of the collaboration we achieved to get there!
The $50,000 will be well used to provide dignified hot meals for Jerusalem’s needy elderly, families, Holocaust Survivors & children in Carmei Ha’Ir’s unique style- where no one is shamed and all are cared for.