What are Elluminate’s funding priorities?

Elluminate supports women leaders in the United States, Israel and around the world through a Jewish and gender lens and works to advance the efforts and profiles of Jewish women social entrepreneurs and leaders. This is done through our signature program, The Collective, which is our only stream of funding.

What is a Social Entrepreneur?

Social entrepreneurs drive social innovation and transformation in a wide range of fields. They pursue their goals with entrepreneurial zeal and courageous innovation. A social entrepreneur builds strong and sustainable organizations that are set up as not-for-profit organizations (501c(3) or equivalent). A social entrepreneur is a leader or pragmatic visionary who:

    • Achieves systemic and sustainable social change through a different approach, a more rigorous application of known technologies or strategies, or a combination of these.
    • Focuses first and foremost on the social value creation.
    • Innovates by finding a new approach to a social problem. 
    • Continuously refines and adapts her approach in response to feedback. 
What is Social Entrepreneurship?

Social entrepreneurship is about applying practical, innovative, and sustainable approaches to benefit society. It is a term that captures a unique approach to social problems — one that cuts across sectors and disciplines. It is this approach that sets the social entrepreneur apart from the rest of the crowd of well-meaning people and organizations who dedicate their lives to social improvement.

What are the benefits of being a member of The Collective?

Collective members receive:

  • Two years of capacity building/general operating funding for your organization ($20,000 each year);
  • An invitation as our guest to The Convening – Elluminate’s annual gathering of The Network;
  • Intermittent networking and cohort-based learning via webinar (nine sessions in first year, five in second year);
  • Growing online network of Jewish women social entrepreneurs;
  • Up to $5,000 to use for executive coaching over the course of the first year; and
  • Membership in The Collective for as long as you choose.
How do I become a member of The Collective?

There is no application process. Elluminate curates an ever-growing list of prospective members of The Collective. Each year, a small group of entrepreneurs or leaders will be added to The Collective.

If you identify as a Jewish woman social entrepreneur who uses a Jewish and gender lens in your leadership AND your organization is registered as a nonprofit organization in your home country/has a fiscal sponsor, please share your work with us by filling out our online form.

Please note that you will be contacted only if you are being considered for The Collective in a given year.

Who chooses the members of The Collective?

Elluminate is a communal grantmaking organization. That is, donors who give at a certain level are eligible to participate in researching, vetting, interviewing, and choosing The Collective members each year. If you are interested in participating in this exciting, hands-on way, please contact us at [email protected].

What if I’m not chosen?

If you qualify, your name and organization will be kept in the pool for consideration. While you won’t be a member of The Collective until you are chosen by Elluminate, you are welcome to attend The Convening and participate in the activities of The Network.

Do members of The Collective ever get to meet each other?

Yes! Elluminate will hold one large convening each year where Collective members and the broader Elluminate community will gather to meet each other and learn together. The Convening will promote advocacy for social entrepreneurship by providing women leaders, inside our network and beyond, educational, networking, technical, and financial assistance. In addition, as resources permit, we will provide virtual opportunities for collective members to meet together and with us to deepen our knowledge and strengthen our relationships.

How else can I receive funding from Elluminate?

At this time, only members of The Collective receive funding from Elluminate. This is our only funding vehicle. While many individuals and organizations do extraordinary work, our focus is on women who use their Jewish values and a gender lens to lead their social change-making organizations.

Am I eligible to apply for The Collective?
  • To be eligible for The Collective, you must be a self-identified Jewish woman (including cisgender, transgender, and non-binary women, and well as Jews at any level of observance.)
  • You must be the lead professional at a registered non-profit organization, with either a valid 501(c)(3) (or the equivalent in your country) or a fiscal sponsor.
  • You must use a gender lens and entrepreneurial spirit in your leadership.
  • You can work anywhere in the world.
  • You can work inside or outside of the Jewish community.
  • You can be any age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability status, family status, and any other identity.

If you meet this criteria, please fill out this information form so we can consider you for membership in The Collective!

Tell us about your work!

If you and your organization meet all of our eligibility requirements, please tell us about yourself and your work using our online form