Become a member

The Miriam Fund (TMF) is a volunteer-led philanthropic community of more than 120 members. We are committed to creating an equitable world that expands opportunities for women and girls*. Through strategic grant-making, TMF aims to inspire and strengthen women and girls within and beyond our Jewish community and, in the process, encourage its members to be advocates, leaders, and agents of change. Read our FY23 Annual Report.

From the moment you join The Miriam Fund, you are welcome to participate in all events, join a committee, review grants, and more!

*Includes all for whom “woman” or “girl” is a meaningful identifier or experience, including (but not limited to) cisgender women and girls, transgender women and girls, and nonbinary individuals.

Who we are


We are women. Members of our Jewish community who believe that every woman and girl can find the strength and inspiration needed to reach her full potential.

We are philanthropists. Investors in brighter futures. Funders of grants that turn the greatest challenges into even greater possibilities.

We are grant-makers. Balanced decision makers. Diverse peers united by purpose, given equal voices on a complex range of issues.

We are advocates. Educators. Leaders who address critical needs in our community and champion change.

Membership structure


TMF is a volunteer-led community of strategic philanthropists. Members each donate an annual gift to fund TMF grant work. An annual gift of $2,500 or more is required to sustain TMF membership. TMF offers a reduced minimum entry rate of $1,250 for new members in their first year. Many of our members are pleased to contribute amounts which exceed the annual requirement. Funds are invested through JCEP (Jewish Community Endowment Pool) in a quasi-endowment fund. These gifts are recognized as tax-deductible donations, and the monies are then distributed to organizations through TMF’s annual grant-making process. The Miriam Fund accepts gifts of stock. The Miriam Fund is eligible to accept corporate matching gifts for amounts that exceed a member’s minimum gift commitment.

Future funders cohort launching in FY25


The Miriam Fund has launched a pilot Future Funders Cohort Program (the “Cohort”) to expose younger women to TMF, strategic grantmaking, giving circles and philanthropy more generally and gain significant expertise from the opportunity to make an impact through a gender lens within a Jewish framework. For more information, please contact Beth Tauro at betht@cjp.or. To access the Expression of interest link here:  
 
Eligibility: Women between the ages of 25 and 35. Women includes all for whom “woman” or “girl” is a meaningful identifier or experience, including (but not limited to) cisgender women, transgender women, and nonbinary individuals. 

Expression of Interest Process: 

  1. Annual process to open February 1 with expressions of interest due by May 1. Decisions finalized by July 15 to allow Cohort members to read LOIs, attend the TMF opening event, and participate in the entire grantmaking cycle.
  2. For the first pilot year, up to 5 women will be welcomed to participate in the Cohort. If TMF receives more than five submissions, selection will be made by lottery. Those not selected will remain on a waitlist for future years or in case a selected individual decides not to participate. Those participating will share this experience as a small cohort. 
  3. Cohort members will agree to a year-long commitment with the opportunity to automatically extend for a second year if desired. The maximum period for Cohort membership is two years.  

 

Membership benefits and opportunities
 

  • Connect with a community of women who are passionate about gender equity and social change
  • Participate in our educational events on gender, equity, and more
  • Engage in strategic grant-making as a grant reader on our Jewish, Secular, or Israel grant subcommittees
  • Volunteer for a leadership position, committee, or task force
  • Hear from our grantees on their critical work
  • Attend our opening and closing events
  • Have a significant impact on the lives of women and girls


Special funds within TMF
 

The Chairs’ Fund was established by David Epstein to honor his wife, Betsy, a past Co-chair of TMF, and aims to help organizations and support smaller initiatives to boost their capacity. The three Co-chairs of TMF, in consultation and collaboration with the TMF’s Director, will use this money in ways that they judge to be appropriate. There will be a $5,000 limit to all grants that they consider.

The Gitta and Saul Kurlat Fund for STEM Education was established in honor of one of our earliest members, Gitta Kurlat. Gitta was the first woman partner at Rubin and Rudman where she specialized in business law, and she mentored many women in and out of the legal profession. Gitta and her husband Saul recognized that young women needed encouragement to study science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. With these dollars, we have been able to fund at least one STEM proposal each year.

Membership FAQs
 

Q: What is the work that TMF aims to achieve?
TMF is a volunteer-led philanthropic community of more than 120 members. We are committed to creating an equitable world that expands opportunities for women and girls. Through strategic grant-making, TMF aims to inspire and strengthen women and girls within and beyond our Jewish community and, in the process, encourage its members to be advocates, leaders, and agents of change.

Q: How long does my membership last?
TMF operates on an annual membership basis, following CJP’s fiscal year of July 1 to June 30. Members are strongly encouraged to donate in the fall/early winter to align with our grant-making calendar, though membership gifts are accepted at any time during the year.

Q: What is the required giving level to join?
TMF is a volunteer-led community of strategic philanthropists. Members each donate an annual gift to fund TMF grant work. An annual gift of $2,500 or more is required to sustain TMF membership. TMF offers a reduced minimum entry rate of $1,250 for new members in their first year. Many of our members are pleased to contribute amounts which exceed the annual requirement. Funds are invested through JCEP (Jewish Community Endowment Pool) in a quasi-endowment fund. These gifts are recognized as tax-deductible donations, and the monies are then distributed to organizations through TMF’s annual grant-making process. The Miriam Fund accepts gifts of stock. The Miriam Fund is eligible to accept corporate matching gifts for amounts that exceed a member’s minimum gift commitment.

Q: How does TMF decide which organizations get a grant?
The Miriam Fund has a robust, volunteer-led annual grant-making process. Members can volunteer to serve on any of our three grant subcommittees (Jewish, Secular, and Israel). In addition to optional training opportunities, each subcommittee holds two meetings to discuss, evaluate, and vote on proposals.

Q: What is the time commitment?
The time commitment varies depending on how involved you would like to be! The heart of the work centers on our robust, volunteer-led annual grant-making process. Members can serve on any of our three grant subcommittees (Jewish, Secular, and Israel). In addition to optional training opportunities, each subcommittee holds two meetings (two hours each) to discuss, evaluate, and vote on proposals. To prepare for these meetings, members read and analyze the grant applications independently. TMF also offers a myriad of other opportunities and gatherings to learn and connect socially with other members and the community.

Q: Are there other ways to be involved with TMF outside of the grant process?
From the moment you donate to TMF, you are a member of our grant-making community and welcome to participate in all events, join a committee, review grants, and more. We send monthly newsletters with updates to our members. You get to decide how involved you want to be! Opportunities include:

  • Attend any of our social or educational events
  • Volunteer as a grant reader
  • Serve in a short-term or long-term leadership position
  • Meet our grantees
  • Act as a mentor to new member
  • And more!


Q: Do I have to live in Boston to join?
No, though you likely will need to live in or visit the Boston area to participate on the grant subcommittees and other events and activities. The grant subcommittees typically meet one to two times, in person, around March and April. There are virtual opportunities to get involved as well.  

Q: Is there a role for me if I can’t make a membership donation?
Yes, you can support our work by donating any amount you choose. Non-member donors do not serve on committees or in leadership positions, nor do they vote. Gifts are recognized as tax-deductible donations, and the monies are then distributed to organizations through TMF’s annual grant-making process. The Miriam Fund accepts gifts of stock. The Miriam Fund is eligible to accept corporate matching gifts for amounts that exceed a member’s minimum gift commitment.

Q: Is my membership investment to The Miriam Fund tax-deductible?
Gifts to TMF are donations to Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, Inc. (CJP), a public charity in good standing with the IRS. Your donation may be treated as a tax-deductible contribution; please consult your own tax advisor for more information.

Q: Can I contribute publicly traded stock to cover my membership donation?
Yes. If you would like further information on using stock to cover membership gifts or a donation to The Miriam Fund, please send an email request to Beth Tauro at betht@cjp.org.

Q: Can I match my gift with corporate matching programs?
Yes! Corporate matching gifts may be made for amounts exceeding a member’s minimum required gift. Please send an email request to Beth Tauro at betht@cjp.org with any questions.

Q: What is the difference between TMF and Women’s Philanthropy?
The work and activities of TMF are based around its strategic grant-making model. The heart of the work is the grant-making process. TMF events, volunteer activities, and other opportunities embrace our grantees and issues impacting women and girls. CJP’s Women’s Philanthropy (WP) does not have a grant-making component. WP aims to deepen relationships with women, grow philanthropy, and develop and support women leaders in the Boston Jewish community and at CJP. WP helps build connections through curated experiences, relationships and learning cohorts, and making meaningful gifts to show our strength as women.

FY23 The Miriam Fund co-chairs: Rachel Goldstein, Reva Fischman, and Debby Posin

Become a member

For more information, including membership and contribution guidelines, please contact Beth at betht@cjp.org or 617-457-8761.

Make a donation

Make a gift that makes a difference to women and girls. Your gift will go directly to The Miriam Fund and can be made in someone’s honor or memory. To donate gifts of stocks or mutual funds or make a corporate matching gifts please send an email request to Beth Tauro at betht@cjp.org.

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