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Funding Community Needs and Jewish Life


Residents of Rochester, NY, for virtually all of their lives, Max and Marian Farash cared deeply about their religious and civic communities and greatly valued the importance of education and entrepreneurship. In 1988, they established the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation, which, in accordance with their wishes, awards grants to community organizations in Monroe and Ontario Counties—half of them for Jewish projects and programs.

The Foundation is fulfilling the Farashes’ vision by establishing grant categories that define the scope of Foundation giving. In addition, the Foundation maintains ongoing Founders’ Giving programs for certain causes that were close to the Farashes’ hearts during their lifetimes. The Max Farash Emergency Repair Fund is one of those programs that help not-for-profit institutions with emergency needs.

The Foundation is also proud to offer a number of special initiatives: the Farash Prize for Social Entrepreneurship, the First in Family Scholarship Program, Farash Fellows, and the Wexner Heritage Leadership Program.


The Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation is dedicated to the civic and religious communities of its founders who believed in the importance of education in all of its aspects, and knew the power of entrepreneurial creativity. The Foundation places its highest priority on endeavors designed to transform the lives of individuals and the work of organizations.