Building on the legacy of the past

Taking action for the future.

Our mission

The Wilf Family Foundations’ mission is to perpetuate the philanthropic vision of the Wilf family, initiated by the Foundations’ founders, Harry and Joseph Wilf z”l, who were brothers and survivors of the Holocaust. In keeping with the Jewish traditions of tzedakah and tikkun olam, the Wilf Family Foundations provide grants to support Jewish causes, underserved communities, educational opportunities and the advancement of social justice for all.

Since 1964, the Wilf Family Foundations have supported charitable organizations in the United States, Israel, and elsewhere in the world, including Jewish causes, education, health, arts and culture, emergency relief, military veterans, social justice, and many more. Inspired by the example set by Harry and Joseph Wilf, and their wives, Judith z"l and Elizabeth, second and third generations of the Wilf family are now carrying the mission forward with their involvement in the Foundations' giving.

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Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland. Red Cross volunteer Janice Chance speaks with a service member at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Supporting disaster relief and services for military families

For over a decade, the Wilf Family Foundations have supported the work of the American Red Cross responding to disasters and providing essential services for military families and veterans. Following devastating tornadoes in late 2021 in Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri and Arkansas, the American Red Cross supplied shelter, meals and emotional support to those who were impacted. The American Red Cross also supports military service members, their families and veterans through their Service to the Armed Forces. In August, Red Cross volunteers helped to provide health and mental health services, as well as relief items like comfort kits, containing personal hygiene items and more, to Afghan refugees arriving at U.S. military bases. The Red Cross also administers the Military and Veteran Caregiver Network, offering peer-based support and services to service members and veterans living with injuries and or illnesses.

 “The American Red Cross has supported military families for 140 years,” said Cliff Holtz, chief operating officer, American Red Cross. “Building on this remarkable legacy, today’s Red Cross teams provide an unprecedented level of care, reaching service members, their families, and veterans wherever they are, from the smallest hometowns to bases around world.”

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Connecting New Yorkers to free food

More than 1.5 million New Yorkers -- and one in three New York children -- facing food insecurity haven't accessed the free food available to them. Lemontree is a no-cost, confidential service that connects people to free food resources in their communities. Lemontree has matched more than 16,000 residents to food options, with more than half of the users having never visited a food pantry before. Average users are less than half a mile away from their closest food pantry or soup kitchen. 

“Many hungry people are only steps from a free warm meal but don’t know it or don’t feel empowered to access it. As inflation and food costs continue to rise, our work to connect families with nutrition is more critical than ever,” said Kasumi Quinlan, co-founder of Lemontree. “In 2021, we saw an exponential increase in demand. This year, we’re excited to serve even more of our neighbors in need in Northern New Jersey and Philadelphia.”

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Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland. Red Cross volunteer Janice Chance speaks with a service member at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Supporting disaster relief and services for military families

For over a decade, the Wilf Family Foundations have supported the work of the American Red Cross responding to disasters and providing essential services for military families and veterans. Following devastating tornadoes in late 2021 in Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri and Arkansas, the American Red Cross supplied shelter, meals and emotional support to those who were impacted. The American Red Cross also supports military service members, their families and veterans through their Service to the Armed Forces. In August, Red Cross volunteers helped to provide health and mental health services, as well as relief items like comfort kits, containing personal hygiene items and more, to Afghan refugees arriving at U.S. military bases. The Red Cross also administers the Military and Veteran Caregiver Network, offering peer-based support and services to service members and veterans living with injuries and or illnesses.

 “The American Red Cross has supported military families for 140 years,” said Cliff Holtz, chief operating officer, American Red Cross. “Building on this remarkable legacy, today’s Red Cross teams provide an unprecedented level of care, reaching service members, their families, and veterans wherever they are, from the smallest hometowns to bases around world.”

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Fostering meaningful relationships for students

In 1995, PENCIL was founded with the goal of raising awareness about public education by inviting civic and business leaders into New York City public schools. From those early days to their work today implementing hands-on, immersive programs that open eyes, open minds, and open doors, PENCIL realizes its mission “to connect students to success.” There are currently 1.1 million students in New York City public schools, however, the majority of these students do not receive equal access to the foundations for college and career success. PENCIL has connected over 43,000 students across New York City to success through meaningful programs that offer equitable access to relationships, skills and opportunities. 

“Through increased access to internships, mentorship and other resources, we are proud to have connected thousands of students to opportunities they may not have otherwise,” said Gregg Betheil, president of PENCIL. “PENCIL programs offer tested and proven models to increase industry awareness, build skills, and create access to cutting edge careers. We look forward to working with even more students and business in the years to come to increase the next generation’s economic success and ability to contribute to a vibrant, thriving society well into the future.”

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In the tradition of tzedakah,
we express gratitude to those who have turned to us for help, and for allowing us to give it.
Harry and Joseph Wilf, founders of the Wilf Family Foundations