Cummings Foundation Focuses on Inequality and Climate Change

A Jewish family foundation that allocates $30 million per year is narrowing its focus to two issues: inequality and climate change.

The Nathan Cummings Foundation has given $5 million -$6 million annually to Jewish organizations, primarily through its Jewish life program.

Simon Greer, the foundation’s executive director, told JTA the new focus is the culmination of a year-long strategic planning process.

Asked if the change will result in less support for Jewish causes, Greer said, “I think we’re becoming more Jewish. We used to have one-fifth of our grant making set aside in Jewish life and values, and if you were a Jewish organization that’s where you applied.”

Jewish organizations addressing climate change or inequality, such as New Israel Fund, Shacharit, American Jewish World Service and several Jewish social justice groups, will continue to be eligible for grants, he said. But a number of major Jewish grantees, such as BBYO, Israel Policy Forum and Encounter, will likely no longer be eligible for new funds after 2014, which Greer said will be a “transition year.”

Written by


Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

Cummings Foundation Focuses on Inequality and Climate Change

Thank you!

This article has been sent!