Lillian Fund Awards Three Grants 

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Lillian Fund awarded its annual $10,000 grant to Israel Lemonade Fund, and two additional $2,500 grants to Mary’s Place and to Girls Town Jerusalem. Members of the Lillian Fund gathered on June 3 to announce this year’s recipients during a grant reveal party at TheaterWorks in Hartford.

The Lillian Fund invited donors to add $25 to their $100 annual gift and help create additional grants this year, allowing us to support more women and children.

Thank you to everyone who participated through voting, gifting a vote or spreading the word to others to encourage them to join the Lillian Fund!

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Lillian Fund Empowers
Women and Children

Launched in 1999, the Lillian Fund is a giving circle of women who share a powerful vision: a world in which all women and children have equal opportunity for professional and personal achievement. They support this vision by awarding annual grants to children’s arts and education programs, domestic violence services, mental health counseling and job training, to name a few.

Members view philanthropy through a lens of Jewish values and gender equality, while expanding their impact and deepening their understanding of the community.

The Lillian Fund honors the accomplishments of Lillian D. Wald, z”l, a Jewish woman and a founding member of the NAACP, who dedicated her life’s work to advocating for women’s issues, child welfare reform, public health issues and world peace.

Recent grants from the Lillian Fund are supporting numerous nonprofits in Greater Hartford and in Israel.

Gifts to the Lillian Fund of all sizes are appreciated. With an annual gift of $100 or more, you can vote on the annual Lillian Fund project. You may also transfer your vote to another woman in your life, such as your mother, sister or daughter.


To find out more about the Lillian Fund, please email Kathryn Gonnerman at kgonnerman@jcfhartforddotorg

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Our Non-Profit Partners 

Prudence Crandall Center, Interval House, Foodshare

The Village for Families and Children, Charter Oak Cultural Center

Jonathan’s Dream, Aurora Women and Girls Foundation, CRT Women’s Empowerment Center

Past Grants:

Center for Children’s Advocacy, Girls for Technology, Prudence Crandall Center, Interval House, Charter Oak Cultural Center

Jerusalem Hills Therapeutic Centers, Tenufa Bakila, UCONN Hillel

Solomon Schechter Day School, The Good People Fund, Jewish Family Services

Sarah Herzog Children’s Center, Girls Town Jerusalem, JTConnect, Maslan

Center for Women’s Justice, The Jerusalem Foundation, HaEmek Medical Center

Unistream, Keren Or Club

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