The work of the Foundation is grounded in the belief that exceptional leaders, inspired by powerful ideas, are the key to improving society and the lives of people around the world. The Mandel Foundation has identified five areas of engagement that receive our support.

Leadership Development

Leadership Development

Management of Nonprofits

Management of Nonprofits

Humanities

Humanities

Jewish Life

Jewish Life

Urban Renewal

Urban Renewal

Leadership Development

Leadership Development

Management of Nonprofits

Management of Nonprofits

Humanities

Humanities

Jewish Life

Jewish Life

Urban Renewal

Urban Renewal

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Investing in leaders of nonprofit organizations with the aim of improving their impact on civil society.

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Located at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is one of the oldest university-affiliated graduate degree programs in social work and is ranked consistently in the top ten social work schools in North America. Offering Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in social work and an M.A. degree in nonprofit management, the mission of the Mandel School is to provide and integrate professional social work education, research and service to promote social justice and empowerment in communities locally, nationally and internationally.

A major supporter of the Mandel School since 1988, Foundation contributions include ongoing support for the Mandel Leadership Fellows Program. Outstanding students of social work receive full tuition scholarships to join a specialized track for future human services leaders. The course of study includes specialized seminars, fieldwork experience in clinical and community settings and individualized mentoring.

The Mandel Initiative for Visionary Leadership creates a cadre of future rabbinical, cantorial and education leaders who will guide 21st century Reform Judaism institutions towards excellence in vision, learning and Jewish identity formation. Composed of innovations and supplements to the regular curriculum, the Mandel Initiative for Visionary Leadership challenges rabbinical students to grapple with the major issues that contemporary Jews confront and develop personal visions to guide their contributions as members of the Reform movement leadership. Alongside ongoing program support, the Foundation established the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Founded in 2007 by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, the Neighborhood Leadership Development Program (NLDP) cultivates the diverse leadership abilities of passionate Cleveland residents who are committed to creating a city that benefits everyone. Select participants join an intensive, one-year course to hone their skills and explore strategies for neighborhood improvement, and then join the network of program graduates. The NLDP envisions a new vanguard of engaged neighborhood leaders who are prepared and committed to creating progressive change in a variety of areas throughout the city and region. The program has more than 140 graduates.

MANAGEMENT OF NONPROFITS

Fostering excellence in the management of nonprofit and public sector institutions.

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Located at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is one of the oldest university-affiliated graduate degree programs in social work and is ranked consistently in the top ten social work schools in North America. Offering Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in social work and an M.A. degree in nonprofit management, the mission of the Mandel School is to provide and integrate professional social work education, research and service to promote social justice and empowerment in communities locally, nationally and internationally.

A major supporter of the Mandel School since 1988, Foundation contributions include ongoing support for the Mandel Leadership Fellows Program. Outstanding students of social work receive full tuition scholarships to join a specialized track for future human services leaders. The course of study includes specialized seminars, fieldwork experience in clinical and community settings and individualized mentoring.

The Mandel Center for Leadership Excellence provides resources and expertise to identify, recruit, develop and maintain the highest quality professional and volunteer leadership for the Jewish Federation system in North America. Supported by the Foundation since its establishment in 2004, the Center also consults with Jewish Federations throughout North America on human resources and management, and offers professional development courses to Federation executives.

JEWISH LIFE

Helping successive generations of Jews to discover the beauty of the Jewish cultural and religious heritage and to build and sustain vibrant Jewish communities.

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Mandel Teacher Educator Institute, MTEI, held 3 morning sessions for teachers in Skokie, ILMANDEL TEACHER EDUCATOR INSTITUTE
JOSEPH AND FLORENCE JEWISH DAY SCHOOLJOSEPH AND FLORENCE MANDEL JEWISH DAY SCHOOL

Located at Brandeis University, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education is dedicated to improving Jewish education through rigorous study of the core practices of teaching and learning. Supported by the Foundation since its establishment in 2002, the Mandel Center pursues innovative research, publishes cutting-edge scholarship, and partners with scholars and educational institutions throughout North America and Israel. The Mandel Center is home to three Foundation-endowed faculty chairs in the field of Jewish education research.

The Mandel Teacher Educator Institute (MTEI) trains senior educators who are responsible for teacher’s professional development in day schools, congregational schools and other educational settings. The first program of its kind in the field of Jewish education, MTEI has prepared hundreds of senior educators from communities throughout North America since its inception in 1995. The program emphasizes Jewish content knowledge and strategies for promoting inquiry-based and collaborative professional development initiatives.

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Jewish Education trains Jewish community center professionals to foster Jewish living and learning in JCCs and JCC summer camps. Supported by the Foundation since its establishment in 2002, the Mandel Center offers professional development courses, training seminars and retreats, and develops special pedagogical materials aligned for Jewish community center settings.

The Agnon School, renamed in 2015 in recognition of the Foundation’s gift, is a pluralistic Jewish day school committed to excellence in general studies and Jewish education. The Foundation’s contribution—one of the largest ever to a Jewish day school—established endowment funds to support teacher compensation and professional development, a learning specialist and a Hebrew immersion program. The gift also funded major building renovations.

Located at the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland, the Commission on Jewish Continuity works with communal agencies, congregations and schools to develop and implement programs designed to improve the Cleveland community’s Jewish educational system. Supported by the Foundation since 1989, the Commission has successfully worked to strengthen the Jewish education profession, integrate informal Jewish educational opportunities into student experiences and broaden the scope of education from the student to the family.

HUMANITIES

Restoring the humanities as the foundation of human aspiration and human experience.

Naming of the Armor Court. Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Armor Court.JACK, JOSEPH AND MORTON MANDEL ARMOR COURT, CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART
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Installation view: "Tools: Extending Our Reach." Photo: Matt Flynn © 2014 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design MuseumBARBARA AND MORTON MANDEL DESIGN GALLERY, COOPER HEWITT, SMITHSONIAN DESIGN MUSEUM

A program of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Morton L. Mandel Program for Civic Discourse and Membership Engagement aims to increase the Academy’s outreach to the general public and strengthen connections among its more than 4,600 Fellows, who are the nation’s most prominent scholars, artists, scientists, and government and business leaders. Established through a 2015 Foundation gift, the Mandel Program includes two new positions: the Morton L. Mandel Director for Membership and the Morton L. Mandel Presidential Fellow.

A gift of the Foundation in 2014 funded a major renovation and establishment of the Barbara and Morton Mandel Design Gallery. The new gallery and renovation expanded the museum’s gallery space by more than half.

Situated in a stunning new building linking Brandeis University’s lower and upper campuses, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Humanities brings together under one roof, faculty and students from multiple fields of inquiry. Supported by the Foundation since its establishment in 2010, the Mandel Center emphasizes collaborative, interdisciplinary scholarship, hosts research groups, sponsors interdisciplinary undergraduate courses, and maintains a robust schedule of public lectures, events and concerts.

Located at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies is the leading academic institution sponsoring new Holocaust scholarship, investing in successive generations of scholars who will lead the field, undertake multidisciplinary research worldwide, and ensure this history is taught at the highest levels in the United States and around the world. Supported by the Foundation since 2014, the Center also hosts dozens of visiting fellows every year from North America, Europe, and Israel as well as places such as East Asia and North Africa.

Serving the Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center brings together faculty, students and community members to participate in classes, seminars, lectures and special events that contribute to the development of civic engagement. It also endowed the deanship of the Center. Supported by the Foundation since its establishment in 2015, the Center’s mission is to prepare civically responsible citizens to lead Northeast Ohio toward a stronger social and economic future.

A gift of the Foundation in 2012 anchored the Museum’s capital campaign for a major renovation. In recognition of the Foundation’s support, the Museum named its famed collection of medieval armor the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Armor Court.

Established in 2014, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Honors College at Cleveland State University enables 500 students to combine the experience of a large urban university with the small class size of a liberal arts college. The Foundation grant provides merit scholarships for outstanding students. It also established a chair for a dean of the humanities to lead the college.

URBAN RENEWAL

Supporting urban renewal and community development as an expression of our commitment to just, inclusive, and democratic societies.

James Corner Field OperationsJACK, JOSEPH AND MORTON MANDEL CONCERT HILL, PUBLIC SQUARE (photo credit: James Corner Field Operations)
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Cleveland Neighborhood Progress (formerly Neighborhood Progress Inc.) is a nonprofit community development organization committed to restoring the health and prosperity of Cleveland’s neighborhoods. Initiated and supported by the Foundation since 1988, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress aims to increase the scale and pace of neighborhood development by increasing economic opportunity, building local capacity, creating private investment opportunities and advancing stakeholder objectives. The organization also acts as a catalyst for change by developing resources for neighborhoods and providing a full range of programming required for revitalization efforts.

Founded in 2007 by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, the Neighborhood Leadership Development Program (NLDP) cultivates the diverse leadership abilities of passionate Cleveland residents who are committed to creating a city that benefits everyone. Select participants join an intensive, one-year course to hone their skills and explore strategies for neighborhood improvement, and then join the network of program graduates. The NLDP envisions a new vanguard of engaged neighborhood leaders who are prepared and committed to creating progressive change in a variety of areas throughout the city and region. The program has more than 140 graduates.

Located at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is one of the oldest university-affiliated graduate degree programs in social work and is ranked consistently in the top ten social work schools in North America. Offering Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in social work and an M.A. degree in nonprofit management, the mission of the Mandel School is to provide and integrate professional social work education, research and service to promote social justice and empowerment in communities locally, nationally and internationally.

A major supporter of the Mandel School since 1988, the Foundation’s recent contributions include the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Community Studies Centers, built in 2007, and a lead gift for major renovation to the Mandel School’s main building. Situated across the street from one another, the two buildings house the Mandel School’s four community-oriented research institutes: the Begun Center for Violence Prevention and Education, the Center on Urban Policy and Community Development, the Center for Evidence-Based Practices, and the Center on Substance Abuse and Mental Illness.

A gift of the Foundation supported renovation of Cleveland’s Public Square, transforming the plaza into a vibrant park and contributing to a revitalization of the downtown area. In recognition of the Foundation’s support, Concert Hill—a key component of the park—has been named for the Foundation.

MidTown Cleveland is a nonprofit economic development organization focused on the two-mile stretch between downtown Cleveland and University Circle. Supported by the Foundation since its establishment in 1982, MidTown has helped make the area a thriving urban business district with over 500 growing companies and over $500 million in new investment. MidTown has been recognized as a national model for urban redevelopment and a leader in the country for urban reinvestment.