William Davidson Foundation Awards Challenge Grant to ShalomLearning

ShalomLearning, a nonprofit dedicated to cultivating a lifelong love of Jewish learning among Jews of all backgrounds and affiliations, has been awarded a $2 million grant from the William Davidson Foundation.

In making the grant, the William Davidson Foundation indicated that its decision to invest in ShalomLearning stems from its deep commitment to advancing Jewish education by merging ancient wisdom with modern technology. The Foundation was able to witness the impact of ShalomLearning partnerships with Detroit-area synagogues as well as other pilot projects around the country.

The grant has been awarded in two parts: the first $1 million of support is immediate, and will be utilized by ShalomLearning to scale up operations and outreach across the United States. The balance of the grant comes in the form of a “challenge grant,” designed to inspire deeper investment among Jewish donors in education and innovation. The William Davidson Foundation will match all new donations to ShalomLearning, on a one-to-one basis, up to $500,000 in 2016 and $500,000 in 2017. All donations in the 2015 and 2016 calendar years from new contributors will qualify for the match.

Over the next 3 years ShalomLearning plans to expand enrollment from its current level of 300 students and 15 certified teachers to more than 1,800 students and 100 teachers around the country.