Farash Foundation announces a renewed focus for grant giving

Farash Foundation News Release
April 21, 2023

We are thrilled to announce that we’ve reexamined our grantmaking strategies and are bringing renewed focus to how we support our communities. With the continually evolving needs of individuals, this was a critical step toward illuminating our community with innovation, connection, opportunity, and success. We’re excited to work in collaboration with people and organizations of Monroe and Ontario counties to bring to life bold thinking, inventive ideas, and new experiences.

Our Out-of-School Time strategy is focused on ensuring kids are ready to learn by supporting innovative, high-quality out-of-school time (OST) programs. As kids 18 and under spend 87% of their time out of school, we see an important opportunity to create more high-quality OST programs that give kids the chance to learn new skills, connect with peers and mentors, and have some fun. By focusing on helping youth get the most out of their 87%, we can nurture their health and wellbeing, and enrich their lives, so they are ready to learn and flourish into adulthood. Learn more about the types of programs and experiences we want to support through OST grants.

As the Jewish community of Rochester is thriving, demographics and lifestyles are changing. This is where we see a great opportunity to help our community evolve and hone our focus for supporting Jewish Rochester. We’re committed to honoring the past as we look toward the future by leaning into four key areas—the 4 I’s—innovation, institutions, individuals, and Israel. We want to bring to life bold ideas, help Jewish institutions evolve, listen and learn from individuals, and connect more deeply with Israel. Learn more about the types of programs and experiences we want to support through Jewish Life grants. 

Making our community a beacon of opportunity, success, and connection takes all of us. If you share our vision, let’s talk and work toward it together.

About The Farash Foundation
The Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation is a private charitable foundation established in 1988 by Max and Marian Farash. The Foundation is dedicated to the civic and religious communities of its founders who believed in the importance of education and knew the power of entrepreneurial creativity. It strives to make long-term and meaningful contributions in Monroe and Ontario Counties with half of its grants supporting Jewish Life, and the other half supporting secular activities with a large emphasis on out-of-school-time programming. Since its transition to a professionally staffed organization in 2011, the Foundation has invested more than $90 million in grants and program support, and its assets total more than $300 million.