Contact: Renee Young
Hadassah National Public Relations
March 7, 2019 – NEW YORK, NY – The Hadassah Foundation, which invests in social change to empower girls and women in Israel and the United States, has named Stephanie Blumenkranz as Director, according to Susan Beller, Hadassah Foundation Board Chair.
Blumenkranz will work in close partnership with the Hadassah Foundation board to deepen and execute the Foundation’s grant-making programs, develop strategies to raise additional funds, cultivate new and existing donors, and expand the visibility of the Foundation to the broader Jewish community.
Beller states, “We are thrilled to have found a new director for the Hadassah Foundation with extensive experience and background in Jewish women’s philanthropy. In addition to Stephanie’s passion for women’s issues, her strategic thinking and dedicated leadership will help the Hadassah Foundation to thrive and grow as it enters its third decade. Stephanie will continue to build upon the Hadassah Foundation’s success to ensure that it will to play a key role in the ongoing movement for women’s equality.”
Blumenkranz previously served as Associate Director at the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York (JWFNY). During her tenure at JWFNY, she oversaw $3.2 million in grants to 137 programs in 21 countries. She played an instrumental role in strengthening their grant making practices, growing and engaging their donor base, and creating impactful education campaigns that led to institutional and policy changes.
Blumenkranz enthuses, “This position allows me to combine my knowledge and expertise from previous philanthropy positions with my passion and love for the land and people of Israel. I am grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with the Hadassah Foundation’s impressive board members and learn from their impactful grantee partners. Together, we will strengthen and grow the Hadassah Foundation so that a greater number of women and girls in both the U.S. and Israel are empowered to drive change.”
Originally from Northern New Jersey and living in New York City since 2008, Blumenkranz also has experience as the External Affairs Associate at the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness, and as the Special Assistant to the Commissioner at New York City Children’s Services. She is a board member of the Women’s City Club and a Global Circle Steering Committee member of American Jewish World Service. Blumenkranz served as a Community Connections Fellow for The Center for Community Leadership at the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York and as a member of the Young Leadership Network at Philanthropy NY.
Blumenkranz graduated from Vanderbilt University and earned a master’s degree from New York University’s Steinhardt School. She also obtained an Executive Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service.
The Hadassah Foundation invests in social change, granting over a half million dollars each year to organizations in Israel and the United States that empower women and girls. As one of the largest Jewish women’s funds in the United States, Hadassah Foundation has awarded almost $8.3 million in grants to nearly 100 non-profit organizations. To learn more, visit www.hadassahfoundation.org.