The Samis Foundation accepts proposals by invitation only. We always welcome the opportunity to learn more about organizations’ work as it relates to our mission and grant areas of Washington State and Israel. We appreciate the opportunity to learn about national and international programs that might have application in the greater Seattle area. If you are interested in speaking further and your work meets these criteria, please contact our office.

The following are past and present Samis Foundation Grantees:

Jewish Day Schools

  • Derech Emunah Girls High School
  • Jewish Day School of Greater Seattle
  • Menachem Mendel Seattle Cheder
  • Northwest Yeshiva High School
  • Seattle Hebrew Academy
  • Seattle Jewish Community School
  • Torah Day School of Seattle

Jewish Overnight Summer Camping

  • Sephardic Adventure Camp
  • Camp Solomon Schechter
  • Camp Kalsman
  • Need-based scholarships funded through the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle which administers the application process on behalf of community stakeholders

Youth Enrichment & Engagement

Youth Enrichment & Youth Groups

  • BBYO Summer Leadership Programs
  • Israeli American Council (IAC) Eitanim Teen Leadership
  • NCSY Local Chapter and Jewish Student Union Public School Clubs
  • Stroum Jewish Community Center (SJCC) GIFT: Giving Initiative for Teens

Engagement Grants (Pilot Program)

  • BBYO Jewish Enrichment Initiative
  • Friendship Circle Teen JAM (Judaism/Activism/Mitzvah)
  • Holocaust Center for Humanity “Day of Learning: Outreach Project to Jewish Students in Washington State”

Teen Israel Experiences

Academic Israel Programs

  • Alexander Muss High School in Israel, Impact Fellowship
  • TRY – Tichon Ramah Yerusalyim

Jewish Day School Israel Trips

  • Jewish Day School
  • Menachem Mendel Seattle Cheder
  • Northwest Yeshiva High School
  • Seattle Hebrew Academy

Summer Israel Programs

  • URJ Camp Kalsman NFTY in Israel
  • NCSY Jewish Student Union

Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle Israel Programs

  • CIE Teen Israel Leadership Institute – Israel Travel Grants
  • Needs-Based Teen Israel Experience Scholarship Program

Israel Advocacy Programs

  • StandWithUs
  • NYHS AIPAC Policy Conference


  • Professor Ehud Netzer: Jericho volumes 1-5 and Herodium Vol. 1 & 2
  • Beer Sheva Women’s Shelter
  • Jerusalem College of Technology (JCT) aka Machon Lev, Ethiopian EngineeringProgram
  • Kiryat Malachi Early Childhood Center
  • Sea Israel, Israel’s first and only aquarium; the Veterinary Care and Research Center
  • Woman to Woman Shelter JCT
  • Maskila program at Machon Tal/JCT
  • Hadassah Academic College Haredi “Mechina” (preparatory program)
  • Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel
  • Nefesh B’Nefesh
  • Keren Klita Kehillateinu
  • NACOE (North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry) “
  • Orthodox Union (OU) – National Conference of Synagogue Youth (NCSY)
  • Jaffa Institute
  • Gesher
  • Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)
  • Sephardic Education Center
  • Kama Tech
  • Midrasha Hassidit
  • Israeli American Council
  • Kav L’Noar
  • Hebrew University
  • Israel Free Loan Association

Emergency Grants

  • 2004 Turkey Earthquake
  • 2010 Haiti Earthquake
  • 2011 Japan Earthquake
  • 2012 Hurricane Sandy
  • 2013 Typhoon Haiyan
  • 2014 Ukraine Communitie
  • 2014 Oso Mudslide
  • 2014 Operation Protective Edge (Tsuk Eitan)
  • 2014 Families of Har Nof Victims
  • 2015 Ukraine Communities
  • 2015 Houston Flood Relief
  • 2015 One Family Together
  • 2016 Earthquake Relief Ecuador
  • 2016 Earthquake Relief Sri Lanka
  • 2016 Baton Rouge Flood
  • 2016 Amatrice, Italy Earthquake $5K
  • 2016 Haiti Hurricane Matthew
  • 2016 Orlando massacre
  • 2017 Sri Lanka flooding
  • 2017 Hurricane Harvey
  • 2017 Mexico Earthquake
  • 2017 Hurricane Irma, Virgin Islands
  • 2017 Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico
  • 2018 Ohr Moshe Fire
  • 2018 Florida Bikur Holim
  • 2018 Indonesia Tsunami
  • 2018 Pittsburg Shooting
  • 2018 Israel Bombing
  • 2018 California Wildfires