Who we are

The Jewish Women’s Endowment Fund (JWEF) is a community endowment fund for Jewish women in Milwaukee. In 1993, a group of 41 women gave a collective gift of over $100,000 to establish this permanent fund within the Jewish Community Foundation (the endowment development program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation). The interest generated each year is used to fund grants to Milwaukee nonprofit organizations – both Jewish and non-Jewish – that directly benefit women and children. The grants process is administered by Women’s Philanthropy of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and a committee of JWEF members who volunteer their time. Watch JWEF members talk about being involved with the fund.

Our Impact

The Jewish Women’s Endowment Fund responds to critical needs in the Milwaukee community by making grants focused on programs relating to women’s health care, women’s economic self-sufficiency, and children at risk. Since 1995, the Fund has awarded grants of over $337,000 benefitting 66 local agencies and has grown to over 240 members.

How you can join

You can join the Jewish Women’s Endowment Fund with a onetime gift of $1,000 (or $500 for women 35 and under), payable over two years. Members are welcome and encouraged to continue giving to the Fund going forward. Please also consider joining our grants committee – we would love to have you! For more information, please contact Robin Arenzon at 414-390-5753.

2019 Grant Recipients

Cathedral Center
$5,000 for the Women’s Independence Program (WIP)

Dominican Center
$5,000 for the Amani Hydroponics Project

Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center
$5,000 for the Road to Rainbow Program at Albert & Ann Deshur JCC Rainbow Day Camp

Meta House
$5,000 for Keeping Families Together Through Safe, Affordable Housing

Milwaukee Jewish Day School
$2,500 for the Free Lunch Program

Project RETURN
$5,000 for Project RETURN’s Women’s Initiative

JWEF Grant Application

The Jewish Women’s Endowment Fund is not accepting applications for 2021 but will resume the grant process in 2022. If you would like to receive our request for proposals in 2022, please contact Robin Arenzon by email or phone at 414-390-5753. 

For more information about the Jewish Women’s Endowment Fund, please contact Robin Arenzon by email or phone at 414-390-5753. 

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