Foundation Trustee Bob Yass and his wife, Mary-Jane Eisen, have channeled their ongoing commitment to human rights and social justice into a new endowment fund specifically designed for this interest area.

“We hope our new fund will be a meaningful example and inspire other like-minded individuals,” says Bob. “We want them to join us and the Foundation in supporting social justice, human rights and similar causes through Field of Interest Funds, working together as a Jewish community to fund organizations engaged in this important work.”

This Field of Interest Fund is more flexible than a Designated Fund for a single organization, but more focused than a Donor Advised Fund. Field of Interest Funds may grant to a variety of organizations working within the specified “fields,” even as issues evolve over time, while encouraging donors to stay engaged and learn alongside the Foundation.

“While the Foundation has a robust history of working with donors who can immediately recommend grants for pressing issues from their Donor Advised Funds, a Field of Interest Fund dedicated to one area of focus is another way to practice tikkun olam through a Jewish lens,” explains Kathryn Gonnerman, JCF Vice President of Philanthropy.  

To explore your philanthropic interests and options with the Foundation, please contact Kathryn Gonnerman at

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