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Application Deadline: February 28, 2017


BJH Foundation is a public foundation that was formed as a successor to the Blumenthal Jewish Home for the Aged (the "Home"), which was established in Clemmons, NC in 1962. The Home provided nursing care for Jewish residents of North and South Carolina.

By the late 1990's, the number of Jewish residents served at the Home had declined significantly and the operating costs of a stand-alone skilled nursing facility generated substantial financial losses. As a result, the Board of Directors of the Home engaged in a transition plan to secure ongoing nursing home care for all existing residents of the Home and to continue its mission of service to older Jewish adults in North and South Carolina.

A for-profit operator of skilled and assisted living facilities - Universal Health Care - now owns and operates the Blumenthal Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (BNRC) in Greensboro, NC. Although BNRC retains the Blumenthal family name, the Home no longer owns or operates the nursing facility.

Proceeds from the sale of the Clemmons facility were combined with an existing endowment to form BJH Foundation in 2006. Since 2006, BJH Foundation based in Greensboro, NC has awarded grants to organizations providing services and programs for older Jewish adults within North and South Carolina in accordance with Jewish values and beliefs.

The mission of BJH Foundation is to enhance the lives of older Jewish adults residing in North and South Carolina in accordance with Jewish values and beliefs.

BJH Foundation is strongly committed to increase the endowment and to demonstrate sound fiscal management for future generations. This can be accomplished by financial support of BJH Foundation from the broader community in support of this goal.

BJH Foundation, working toward a vision of improving the lives of older Jewish adults, will strive to:

  • Develop a model foundation to better serve older Jewish adults indefinitely in the Carolinas.
  • Extend a nurturing and caring hand to older Jewish adults in the Carolinas based upon Jewish beliefs, culture, traditions, and values, especially those with unmet needs.
  • Encourage innovation and excellence in programs and activities that improve the quality of life and joy for older Jewish adults.

BJH Foundation values:

  • The nurture and care of older Jewish adults in a way that enables them to maintain their dignity and a will to enjoy life.
  • Relationships and connections that build trust.
  • Integrity and accountability in the stewardship of funds.
  • Partnership participation from the local Jewish communities.

Priorities For Grant Making and Areas of Focus
Grants are awarded to meet a variety of physical, mental and social needs of older Jewish adults.
BJH Foundation desires to support new, innovative, community-based programs. BJH Foundation invites potential grantees to help develop methods to identify underserved older Jewish adults.

In 2017 BJH Foundation has a strong interest in funding programs that maintain our values and focus on:

  • Long term Impact.
  • Collaboration with other local organizations.
  • Volunteer efforts from, as well as for, the targeted groups.
  • Participants contributing to the services they receive, either as a volunteer or financially.
  • Applicant organizations showing their commitment to the program through their own financial commitment.
  • Specific qualitative and quantitative outcomes such as how many are served and what is the impact on their lives.

In 2017 there are 2 priority categories (see the complete grant application and instructions for more information and examples):

1. Programs that we have highlighted as Health and Wellness.

2. Socialization Programs.

Funding Eligibility
BJH Foundation welcomes grant requests from nonprofit organizations that:

  • Are classified as a 501(C)(3) charitable organization as determined by IRS regulations, unless you are affiliated with another tax-exempt organization such as local government, school or synagogue,
  • And serve older Jewish adults in North and South Carolina.

General Grant Making Strategy

  • No more than five proposals may be submitted by an organization in a particular grant cycle. Each proposal must be for different programs.The applications MUST be ranked in order of funding preference.
  • Grants will vary in size and typically may not exceed $10,000. Guidelines will allow a grant of up to $50,000 if the program is within the "Health and Wellness" category. This increased amount recognizes the cost of providing service in these areas.
  • Generally, one-year grants will be awarded.
  • Grant awards are based on the merit of the program, its potential impact, how well it meets the priorities and focus area of BJH Foundation, availability of funds and quality of the application.
  • Awards for ongoing operational support of an organization are very limited and discouraged. Preference is given to organizations that use grant funds for direct services to older Jewish adults rather than maintaining program operations.
  • Preference is also given to organizations that use matching funds or partial funding from their organization, an outside organization or foundation, i.e., leverages its resources.
  • Preference will be given to those organizations that comply with grant guidelines, reporting requirements and achieve positive outcomes.
  • The grant cycle is July 1 to June 30.

The Al Herman Annual Grant to Provide Food Relief for the Jewish Needy
BJH Foundation designates one grant annually to be awarded in memory of Al Herman, Past President and long-time supporter of the Blumenthal Jewish Home and past member of the Board of BJH Foundation. In the event that none of the grant requests address food relief for the Jewish needy, the Board will, at its discretion, designate an alternate grant in memory of Al Herman.

The Jerome Madans Award
BJH Foundation designates one grant from the Charlotte, NC area annually to be awarded from a special endowment fund created by the Madans family after the passing of long standing board member Jerome Madans.

Funding Restrictions
No grants are made to individuals for any purpose.

Foundation resources cannot be used for:

  • The cost of nursing home care or other residential or medical care costs.
  • Support of substantial construction, renovation, or capital campaigns.
  • Partisan or "for-profit" organizations.
  • Political purposes or contributions.

Application Deadline: February 28, 2017

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Adobe Acrobat FormatPlease complete the GRANT APPLICATION. Next deadline February 28, 2017.

BJH Foundation
PO Box 10383
Greensboro, NC 27404

Contact: Wendee M. Cutler, Executive Director, for direction and technical assistance

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