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    Pursuing Justice for People and the Planet.

Tree of Life Synagogue, 10/30/18 by Heather Mull

The Nathan Cummings Foundation is a multigenerational family foundation, rooted in the Jewish tradition of social justice, working to create a more just, vibrant, sustainable, and democratic society. We partner with social movements, organizations and individuals who have creative and catalytic solutions to climate change and inequality.


Our foundation, deeply rooted in Jewish values, considers grant-making in Israel an integral part of our identity. We support partners advancing democracy, an inclusive shared society and peace.


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We are committed to leveraging 100% of our assets toward our mission through impact investing and active ownership.

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For 27 years, NCF has supported movements, organizations and individuals pursuing justice for people and the planet.



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