Several local agencies land Natan Fund grants

The Natan Fund, a giving circle based in New York City, has given $953,000 in grants to 54 “cutting-edge emerging Jewish and Israeli nonprofit organizations and social entrepreneurs,” the agency announced on June 24.

Several Bay Area–based groups were on the list: KlezCalifornia, The Kitchen, Urban Adamah, Kevah, G-dcast and A Wider Bridge.

Three of these groups are based in Berkeley: KlezCalifornia, which celebrates klezmer music and Yiddish culture in the Bay Area; Urban Adamah, a Jewish farm and education center; and Kevah, a DIY adult learning network.

In San Francisco, The Kitchen is an indie Jewish community, G-dcast a new media production company, and A Wider Bridge an agency developing connections between LGBT communities in Israel and North America.

Natan is a community of young philanthropists dedicated to funding Jewish and Israeli social innovation. Since 2002, it has awarded $9.6 million in grants to 168 emerging Jewish organizations and social entrepreneurs around the world.

“What many people call the ‘Jewish innovation ecosystem’ continues to flourish,” Felicia Herman, Natan’s executive director, said in a release. “The challenge now is in ensuring that there’s enough ‘supply’ to meet the ‘demand’ — that we’re also generating more philanthropic resources to keep pace with the needs of this growing sector.”

Other 2014-15 grantees with a presence in the Bay Area include, Moishe House, Keshet, Hazon and Challah for Hunger.