Your Giving Opportunities

HJCF works diligently to ensure the needs of our community are met in lasting and meaningful ways by serving as a central resource and advocate for charitable giving. We empower individuals and families to give generously to the organizations and causes that matter to them most.

We partner with philanthropic individuals and families to provide thoughtful and customized grantmaking decisions. Our work is not a one size fits all approach to establishing a fund and charitable grantmaking. One type of fundholder may open a fund and have a clear charitable path and recommend grants on a set timetable. Another type of fundholder requires a different type of charitable conversation:

  • Creating a charitable giving plan
  • Providing non-profit research
  • Customizing gift and grant agreements
  • Ensuring grantee accountability
  • Partnering with a network of advisors

Donate to Unmet Community Needs

Join us at our quarterly Lunch and Learn programs to hear from featured experts on a variety of relevant professional topics. Past sessions have ranged from cybersecurity to best ideas for helping clients navigate 2020 to surviving distressed situations. You’ll also have the opportunity to network and learn more about how to help your clients meet their charitable giving goals. Sign up for our monthly newsletter to learn more about our latest programs and helpful information about charitable giving.
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Expanding Philanthropy

In our role as a community foundation, HJCF is pleased to share giving opportunities by highlighting several initiatives of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston.

The Federation provides opportunities for individuals and families to engage philanthropically and drives meaningful social change to enhance the continuity, security, and unity of the Jewish community. The areas of interest include PJ Library endowment, Early Childhood Education, Connections to Israel.

If you would like more information, you can have a confidential conversation with a HJCF staff member or we can put you in touch with the appropriate staff at the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston.

Unmet Community Needs

There are many local nonprofit organizations that are in need of support. HJCF is committed to building a strong community and we are pleased to bring to your attention these identified community needs. Here is a list of some urgent needs and/or transformational programs.

Working together, we can build a strong future. If you are a fundholder, you can recommend a grant to these programs through our online platform. If you have any questions, you can reach out to a HJCF staff member or we can help connect you with the organization in need.

Organization Project
ADL Words to Action Expanded
BBYO BBYO Lonestar Region Mental Health and Wellness Initiative
Chabad of Cypress and Northwest Houston Adult Education
Chabad of West Houston Wellness Institute Mental Health Awareness Programs
Congregation Beth Shalom of The Woodlands Sababa Summer Happening - Building Strong Jewish Friendships, Memories and Learning!
Congregation Emanu El The Shalva Project
ERAN- Emotional First Aid by Telephone & Internet Training 15 New Volunteers for Emotional First Aid and Crisis Intervention
Evelyn Rubenstein JCC Culinary Connect
Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life Dynamic Hybrid Approaches to Serving Southern Jewish Communities
Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism Our Living Legacy
Jewish Children's Regional Service (JCRS) Needs-Based Scholarships for Jewish Youth in Houston
Jewish Family Service Back-to-Basics Program
Kashouvot Grief Support Circles
Kehillah High Citywide 8th & 9th Grade Alternative Winter Break
Moishe House Moishe House in Houston
SOJOURN: The Southern Jewish Resource Network for Gender & Sexual Diversity LGBTQ+ Resource Guide to Jewish Houston!
Southwest NCSY Expanding and Strengthening JSU Clubs in Houston High Schools
The Firestarter Group The Opportunity Fund
The Houston Friendship Circle Shabbat Dinners
The Houston Mesivta Mesivta Of Houston Fitness Room
URJ Greene Family Camp URJ Greene Family Camp Initiative for 24/7 Summer Mental Health Provider Support
Yeshiva Torat Emet Safety Kid Training

Past Grants

At more than $250 million in total assets and with about 600 funds under management, we have been connecting people who care to the causes that matter since 1985.

Take a look at some of the referred grants donors like you have helped us to give to worth-while causes and organizations over the past few years.

JFS Awards Two Parkans Scholarships to Incoming Freshman

In 2012, Lloyd Parkans, of blessed memory, established the Morrisa and Lloyd Parkans Scholarship Fund through Jewish Family Service, in partnership with the Houston Jewish Community Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston. The 2021 recipients of the Parks scholarship are Daniel Weiss Cohen and Molly Goldstein.

Please direct any questions about accessing your online account to Renu Roy