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Putting Philanthropic Capital to Work

We offer a range of choices for creating change: from traditional investments and grantmaking to values-aligned investment pools and innovative impact lending programs.

Community Impact Lending

The Federation is working with leading partners in the US and Israel to support underserved communities by making loans of pooled capital from donor-advised funds and supporting foundations. Unlike grants, capital that is loaned from donor-advised funds is expected to be returned at the end of the loan term and can then be re-deployed for other charitable purposes. Recycling philanthropic capital is a great way to amplify our impact.

Our Community Impact Lending program supports small business relief, affordable housing, economic equity, and other pressing environmental and social issues.

With a Federation donor-advised fund or supporting foundation, you have access to innovative philanthropic programs that leverage our collective community strength to create immediate and lasting change.

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Learn more about Community Impact Lending 

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Investment Options

Align Your Investing with Jewish Values to Create Positive Change

We offer three categories of investment options for your donor-advised fund:

Core Pools: These values-aligned, actively managed investment portfolios are made up of stocks that score well on Environmental, Social, and Governance factors (ESG). We offer both Moderate-Term and Long-Term portfolios that invest in companies that are strong in areas such as renewable energy/climate change, affordable housing, equitable employment practices, and management stability. 

JLens Jewish Advocacy Strategy: This values-aligned, actively managed strategy is for investors who want to fully embrace Jewish values-based investing. Starting with the 500 largest US public companies, JLens excludes companies not deemed to align with Jewish values. JLens also advocates to positively influence corporate behavior in areas of concern to the Jewish community, such as best practices for religious coexistence, BDS, lack of accommodation for religious minorities, and other social and environmental concerns viewed uniquely from a Jewish lens.

The highest impact an investor can achieve with large public corporations is to own and advocate to move the needle on corporate behavior, an approach that aligns with the Jewish value of constructive rebuke (hocheach tocheah). For example, in 2020 JLens presented a shareholder resolution to Amazon calling on the corporation to address food waste – an issue deeply in alignment with Jewish values, involving both environmental pollution and hunger. 

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Passive Pools: These pools use only index funds for investments, seeking to follow and replicate the broad universe of the global stock market and the U.S. bond market. There is no use of responsible investment strategies (“ESG” – Environmental, Social, Governance) as there is in the Core Pools.

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Compare our values-aligned, actively managed investment options:

  Core Pools JLens Jewish Advocacy Strategy
ESG Approach: Portfolio managers deliberately select and invest in companies scoring higher on environmental, social, and governance factors (“ESG”) Strategy excludes companies not deemed to align with Jewish values
Examples of ESG Areas of Focus:
  • Affordable housing
  • Renewable energy/climate change
  • Equitable employment practices 
  • Management stability
  • Advocacy relationships with portfolio companies 
  • Cultivating strong relationships with investor advocates, including multi-faith investor coalitions 
  • Advocating for corporate behavior aligned with Jewish social and environmental values, including against Israel delegitimization, and antisemitism
Industries/Companies excluded from investment portfolio:
  • Not applied
  • Tobacco 
  • Coal
  • For-profit prisons
  • Companies supporting BDS campaign

Watch the DAF Investments Webinar for insights from our investment manager, Pavilion, a Mercer practice.


2021 Annual ESG Evaluation Report by Pavilion, a Mercer practice – July 2021
Overview of Long- and Moderate-Term ESG investment pool strategy, performance, and composition

Hebrew Free Loan Pooled Impact Loan - August 2021 Report 
Update on loan totals, types of loans made, repayments, and impact through loan recipient stories