By Jay Ruderman
We are happy to share some good news with all of you. Next Tuesday, at the ADVANCE: Ruderman Special Needs Funding Conference in New York City, we will announce the establishment of the annual Ruderman Family Prize in Disability.
This global initiative will annually distribute up to $200,000 to as many as 10 organizations that demonstrate inclusion and increase public awareness around the issue of disability within the Jewish community. These prizes have no geographic boundaries and, while only non-profit organizations are eligible, we hope they will highlight not only the work of agencies, but the many visionary leaders in the Jewish community who create innovative programs, promote equality and inclusion and increase public awareness of the human potential for people with disabilities.
As we spotlight work that represents important strides and whose impact moves the disability field forward, we hope our recognition will inspire others to both create and invest in innovative and inclusive programs.
There are thousands of organizations around the globe that support Jews with disabilities and their families, that include them in their communities and offer hope and opportunities to grow and participate, be they schools, camps, work programs, housing, health care, congregational participation or in other arenas.
The Ruderman Family Foundation wants to hear about — and recognize — the best of these organizations, those innovative and creative programs that truly make the promise of inclusion a reality. The application for the awards is on our website. Please spread the word so we can celebrate – and grow – the vision to create a Jewish future that welcomes our entire family.
Note: If you’re a funder who invests at least $25,000 each year — or at least $10,000 in disabilities programs — and you haven’t signed up for next Tuesday’s ADVANCE Conference in New York City, please click here for more information and online registration.
— Jay Ruderman