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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Minds Matter NYC: Empowering students for brighter futures

Minds Matter NYC connects high school sophomores, juniors and seniors from low-income families with the people, preparation and possibilities to succeed in college and change the world. Their programs include academic enrichment, college preparedness, personal development, social-emotional learning, and career exposure and readiness. Since 1991, all Minds Matter NYC students have been accepted into four-year colleges and more than 80 percent have attended top-tier schools and universities.

"Mentoring is at the heart of our vision for change, and we know it makes all the difference," said Erika Halstead, Minds Matter NYC's Executive Director. "Every student in our program is paired with two volunteer mentors, as well as a team of tutors and other advisors, who support, challenge and celebrate them. This dedicated community champions students to achieve their goals every step of the way."

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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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Saving Lives in Israel

Magen David Adom’s Marcus National Blood Services Center is the first underground, shielded blood center in the world. Located in Ramla, Israel, it was designed to protect Israel’s strategic blood reserves from missile, chemical, and biological attacks, as well as earthquakes. The state-of-the-art facility will double Israel’s blood processing capacity and ensure a secure supply of blood for Israel regardless of any challenges or attacks.

“With threats from Iran and beyond, this new maximum-security facility will allow Israel’s national emergency medical service to preserve life — even under the most unthinkable circumstances — for decades to come,” said Catherine Reed, chief executive officer of American Friends of Magen David Adom, the funder of the project.

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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