Other human rights

Each year, there are a few special opportunities that the Foundation supports even though they lie outside of the Human Rights Program’s formal portfolios. Generally, these projects focus on issues important to both the Foundation’s Human Rights and Environment programs or to the Foundation’s history.

Below are the Foundation’s 2013 grantees in this portfolio.


Museum of Jewish Heritage

“Against the Odds” Exhibit - $25,000 (second payment of a two-year grant)

Opened to the public in 1997, the Museum of Jewish Heritage’s mission is to educate a broad public about modern Jewish history and the Holocaust through exhibitions, educational curricula and primary sources, and public programs. Against the Odds, an exhibition (formerly known as Brothers’ Keepers) scheduled to open in spring 2013, will tell the fascinating story of American Jews who saved fellow Jews from Europe during the Nazi period and helped them establish new lives in America. These rescuers persisted against odds, navigating a bureaucratic system that discouraged immigration to bring as many people as possible to safety.

North Star Fund

Community Fund for Sandy Recovery - $50,000

North Star Fund is New York City’s community foundation working to create a city rooted in the values of equality, economic justice, and peace. By connecting with and inspiring donors to give, and by awarding grants for grassroots organizing and activism, North Star Fund is building a community of progressive leaders in a movement to achieve lasting social change. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, North Star Fund established the Grassroots Hurricane Relief Fund to support community-based organizations and their policy and advocacy partners in New York, New Jersey and Long Island. As community groups transition to long-term recovery plans, North Star Fund is creating the Community Fund for Sandy Recovery, which will fund grassroots rebuilding and provide opportunities for funders to learn about this work. The goals of the project are to facilitate dialogue among community organizations and funders on equitable and ecologically sound rebuilding, provide resources to support this work, and produce a report of community-based storm relief best practices.

Grantees by Year:   2014  |  2013