Our mission is to contribute to the flourishing of the United States and Israel as just, inclusive, compassionate and democratic societies, and to improve the quality of life of all citizens in both countries.

The Mandel Foundation is an operating foundation. We support leadership educational programs at our own institutions and with select universities and organizations.

Our philanthropic work is devoted to these areas of engagement: leadership development, management of nonprofits, humanities, Jewish life, and urban engagement.



Investing in leaderof educational, nonprofit and public sector institutions with the aim of deepening their impact on the larger society.  arrow-light

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

Promoting the humanities as the foundation of human aspiration and human experience.  arrow-light

Helping successive generations discover the meaning and significance of Judaism and Jewish culture, and contributing to the vibrancy of Jewish communities.  arrow-light

Supporting neighborhood and community development, as an expression of our commitment to just, inclusive and democratic societies.  arrow-light

The Foundation thinks of the world as having a huge number of candles and only a small fraction are lit. Powerful ideas, driven by outstanding people can light more candles and help illuminate the world.


Mandel Foundation Makes A $4 Million Challenge Grant To Karamu House
Mandel Foundation Makes a $4 Million Challenge Grant to Karamu House

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation has awarded a $4 million challenge grant to Karamu House to support the remaining infrastructure and capital improvements to the campus in the Fairfax neighborhood of Cleveland. This investment will accelerate direct economic impact in the Fairfax neighborhood and will support Karamu’s ongoing…