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

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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
Hebrew Order of David, Lodge Galil The Houston Gravestone Project
The Shlenker School Shlenker Spark Lab (STEM Makerspace) Renovation
Second Servings of Houston Food Rescue Expansion
UT Chabad House JTRIBE Student Peer to Peer Leadership and Engagement
Congregation Beth Yeshurun Making Judaism Accessible
Congregation Emanu El Music at Emanu El
ERAN- Emotional First Aid by Telephone & Internet Recruitment and training of 15 new volunteers for Emotional First-Aid and Crisis Intervention
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) The Lone Soldier Program
Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care Services, Inc. Digital Signage for Seven Acres Jewish Senior Services Residential facility
Chabad of West Houston Nefesh Network
Moishe House Moishe House Houston
Evelyn Rubenstein JCC Purim Tales
Evelyn Rubenstein JCC Israel Fest: Celebrating Israel’s 75th Birthday
Bellaire Jewish Center Jewish Wellness Center Launch
Shutaf Inclusion Programs in Jerusalem Shutaf’s Inclusive Young Leadership Program
Chabad of Brazos Valley Inc Freshman Connect
Chabad of Brazos Valley Inc Jewish Student Health and Wellness 360 Initiative, ‘Re-JOY-Venation 360’
Congregation Shma Koleinu Journey - the Jewish Discovery Project
Congregation Shma Koleinu Congregation Shma Koleinu
Congregation Shma Koleinu Torah Tribe
Texas A&M Hillel Jewish Learning Fellowship
Texas A&M Hillel Spend a day with the Aggies
Texas A&M Hillel Building Bridges
Texas A&M Hillel Jewish Student Engagement Program
Hebrew Free Loan Association of Houston Tzedakah Fund
Chabad at Rice Inc. JewishU
Jewish National Fund -Karen Kayemeth Leisael- Inc Faculty Fellowships to Israel
TORCH Maplewood Village
Elul Tamuza Summer Camp for Young Artists
Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life Serving Southern Jewish Communities
Hatzalah of Houston Hatzalah of Houston - Ambulance Project
Beth Yeshurun Day School Schlicim at Beth Yeshurun Day School
Beth Yeshurun Day School Forming the Family Bond Through Experiential Education
The Emery/Weiner School Torah Restoration & Education Project
StandWithUs Connecting Houston Youth to Israel
Congregation Emanu El L'Dor VaDor Capital Project
Torah Girls Academy School Theatrical Performance

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