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avi chai mission statement
AVI CHAI Mission Statement
  • To encourage those of the Jewish faith towards greater commitment to Jewish observance and lifestyle by increasing their understanding, appreciation and practice of Jewish traditions, customs and laws.
  • To encourage mutual understanding and sensitivity among Jews of different religious backgrounds and commitments to observance.
avi chai goals

AVI CHAI believes a vibrant Jewish future depends on a commitment to:

what fields does avi chai fund in north america
what fields does AVI CHAI fund in North America?
  • Jewish day schools
  • Jewish overnight summer camps

A decision we reached based on research demonstrating that these key vehicles will produce the energizing nucleus for 21st Century Jewry.

important take away 1

Don’t expect national foundations to solve your local funding needs. 

important take away 2

Don’t expect foundations to share your perspective from the outset.

we look for partners who
we look for partners who
  • Share our values and priorities.
  • Put the mission first, ahead of institutional politics.
  • Are outcome oriented.
  • Demonstrate real partnership and transparency.
  • Have skin in the game and a realistic plan for sustainability.
avi chai s spend down what does it mean
AVI CHAI’s Spend down what does it mean?
  • The foundation is closing its doors in January 2020 and will spend all of its assets by then except for an endowment for our operating cultural center in Jerusalem.
  • The foundation will not endow any programs or institutions other than Beit AVI CHAI in Jerusalem.
  • In anticipation of the foundation’s closing, staff is working with key grantees to build internal capacities for their sustainability and viability post AVI CHAI.
  • AVI CHAI plans to use the remaining seven years to develop partnerships to support existing and co-create new programs in our areas of interest.
examples of partnerships
Examples of Partnerships
  • The Jim Joseph Foundation (JJF)

Day school and camp professional development, research and policy and capacity building.

  • The Kohelet Foundation

The MATCH program and new efforts to advance online and blended learning in day schools.

  • The Marcus Foundation

A program to enhance Israel education at summer camps.

  • Sam Zell

A pilot program of the National Ramah Commission to recruit non-affiliated new campers.

what will avi chai s legacy be
What will AVI CHAI’s Legacy Be?
  • The students, campers, educators and leaders who have participated in AVI CHAI sponsored programs.
  • The day schools and camps that have been built, expanded or supported through our loans and finance-related programs.
  • The key institutions, programs, people and ideas in our fields of interest – Jewish day schools and overnight summer camps.
  • Our partners and co-creators of innovative and effective Jewish educational programs to advance shared values and philanthropic goals.