Alumni Venture Fund

Launched in 2005, the Bronfman Alumni Venture Fund (AVF) is the first Jewish mini-grant program of its kind, fundraising from our alumni for the sole purpose of re-distributing that funding to alumni-led projects. As of 2015, the AVF has distributed over $245,000 in grants as well as valuable peer support to impactful projects led by over 140 alumni. It aims to:

  • Grow projects that serve the wider community and perpetuate the values of pluralism, Jewish learning, engagement with Israel and social responsibility.   
  • Inspire alumni to put their talents into action.  All grantee projects are led by a BYFI alumnus, either as a volunteer or professional.
  • Amplify the power of peer support 100% of grants come from donations from BYFI alumni and their families.  All grantees receive capacity building support from the alumni network.

Applications for the next grant cycle will open in the Fall of 2016

Projects & Process:

  •   The AVF supports projects and programs led by BYFI and Amitei Bronfman alumni working to make an impact in their communities.
  •  Eligible projects should reflect the spirit of BYFI and may draw on BYFI’s core values: Jewish learning, pluralism, engagement with Israel, and social responsibility.
  • Please note that projects related to political engagement must be non-partisan.
  • Grants are evaluated by the BYFI Alumni Advisory Board and the Israeli VA’AD, volunteer representatives of the alumni community.
  • Grants are funded through donations from alumni and their families, and are awarded annually.
  • The AVF also provides grantees with alumni mentors, PR, professional connections, and many other forms of support
  • Email   a l i z a @ b y f i . o r g    to donate or volunteer your services to our grantees!


Members of the Alumni Advisory Board and Israeli VA’AD will review proposals annually. Deadlines for application will be released in the Fall of 2016. Funding decisions will be made within six weeks of the deadline. Recipients will be notified via e-mail by a representative of the AVF Committee.

**In 2010 and again in 2011, the AVF was recognized by a panel of 36 foundation professionals from across North America to be named one of the nation’s 50 most innovative Jewish nonprofits in Slingshot, a resource guide for Jewish innovation.**

Celebrating 10 Years of the AVF:

Read our 2015 Annual Report to learn about our first 10 years of accomplishment.