Mission/Giving Statement: The Nathan Cummings Foundation is rooted in the Jewish tradition and committed to democratic values and social justice, including fairness, diversity and community. The Foundation seeks to build a socially and economically just society that values and protects the ecological balance for future generations; promotes humane health care; and fosters arts and culture that enriches communities.
Grantmaking Program Areas: Inequality; Climate Change
Grantmaking Program Area Descriptions:
Inequality: We will invest in work with strong potential to catalyze new and effective pathways to economic opportunity, paticularly for women and people of color, and that takes seriously the need to: Improve quality of life for the poor; move toward greater equality of opportunity, meaning that where someone is born on the income distribution would not limit their chances to move up; and challenge structures and ideas that alow a vastly disproportionate share of the nation's wealth to be concentrated in the hands of a few.
Climate Change: We will address climate change as a consequence of progress in human develpment and economic prosperity, and will fund promising work that helps activate American ingenuity in pursuit of three interrelated goals: Increasing access to modern energy for the world's poor; stabilizing greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at alow level; and improving resilience for those most vulnerable to the negative consequences of climate variability and change.
Type of Funding/Funding Restrictions: The Foundation does not fund: Individuals; Scholarships; Sponsorships; Capital or Endowment Campaigns; Foreign-Based Organizations; Specific Diseases; Local Synagogues or Institutions with Local Projects; Holocaust-Related Projects; Projects With No Plans for Replication; General Support for Jewish Education.
Application Instructions: LOI instructions available online.