Member Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the Acharai Fund?

Acharai Fund is a multi-generational giving circle formed by a group of families in the suburban Philadelphia area. Acharai means “to follow” and one of the goals of the Acharai Fund is to talk about and engage in philanthropy with our children.

Acharai leads by bringing together caring, dedicated, multi-generational families who pool their resources and decide collaboratively where those resources are distributed. Families are invited to join Acharai with an annual contribution of $5,000 each. The Acharai Fund is a completely volunteer organization, and 100% of donations received are used for grants. Acharai Fund members solicit grant requests, participate in proposal review and evaluation and learn about the meaningful work conducted by nonprofit organizations and amutot in Israel.

How will our children be involved?

One of the key facets of the Acharai Fund is the involvement of the “next generation.” To that end, the children of Acharai Fund families play an important role in all aspects of the grant making process from deciding on the focus of the “next gen” grant to deciding, as a group, on the recipient of one of our four grants. In addition, members of the next generation group will be involved in various age-related social activities and experiences.

What are the funding priorities for Acharai Fund grants in 2013?

Any nonprofit organization (or amuta in Israel) that meets our eligibility requirements may apply in one of four Focus Areas: Hunger, Programs for Individuals with Special Needs, Programs for Israeli Arabs and Jews: Encouraging Tolernace and Understanding, and Vocational Training and Economic Development for At Risk Populations.  For additional information on how to apply, please go to Grant Applicants section.

How are grant recipients selected?

We accept Letters of Inquiry in the four focus areas listed above.  Acharai Fund members serve on individual evaluation committees for each focus area as well as to provide a careful financial review of all applicant organizations.  Sub committee meet to evaluate all applicants and select two finalists within each category.

After the evaluation committees select these finalists, all Acharai Fund families receive information for review. The finalists will be asked to send in a five minute video presentation about their projects which will be shown at our Annual Meeting in September. Acharai Fund members vote by a family ballot at the Annual Meeting, and that majority vote determines the grant recipients. The children of Acharai Fund will have an additional family vote to determine the grant recipient in their focus area.

How much will the Acharai Fund grant in 2013?

This year, the Acharai Fund will award $200,000 in 4 separate grants ($50,000 in each category).

How can our family join the Acharai Fund?

Contact us for more information about joining the Acharai Fund. Send us an email at and put “membership” in the subject line. We will be in touch with you shortly.

Is my donation to Acharai Fund tax-deductible?

Yes. Contributions to the Acharai Fund are made through the Jewish National Fund (JNF), a non-profit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the US Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to Acharai Fund are fully tax-deductible for the year in which they were made under IRS Section 170 of the tax code. One hundred percent (100%) of donations to Acharai Fund will go to the organizations that Acharai Fund members vote to support. The Jewish National Fund (JNF) is serving as our “Funds Administrator” and does not assess overhead charges. At the present time, Acharai Fund members help to underwrite other administrative and operating expenses. In addition, members volunteer their time and talents in order to defray any supplemental expenses.For more information, contact us at

We encourage you to contact us if you would like to learn more about the Acharai Fund.