We believe in being true partners with our grant recipients. We are working side by side, removing barriers, tracking progress, and changing lives. Founded in 2009, our work has focused on the marginalized, including those living in extreme poverty, who survived the Rwandan genocide, and those who have been in the justice system. Today, we impact thousands of women on an annual basis. The programs we invest in provide skill building including financial literacy, business, computers and technology, and artisanal skills. We also provide emergency micro-grants to remove barriers to each woman’s success.
The Foundation’s ultimate goal is to ensure that all individuals have access to the basic necessities and are equipped to achieve general economic stability to ensure their personal independence.
The Francine A. LeFrak Foundation prides itself in investing in people, on-the-ground organizations, and physical spaces that will aid in the fulfillment of its objective and will positively influence the enhancement of individuals’ talents.
We partner with like-minded organizations and foundations providing opportunities for training and education that leads to success and broad impact.
Furthering education that leads to long-term success and broad impact.Learn More
Provides workforce development opportunities for women and men throughout the world.Learn More
Equipping women with resources and the confidence to make financially sound decisions.Learn More
The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals.
Our approach to grant-making is hands-on and includes a considerable amount of due diligence to ensure that each organization identified, is aligned with the Foundation’s mission.
Grants from the Francine A. LeFrak Foundation go to facilitate direct programs, remove barriers, and provide access to opportunities which will positively impact participants.
The Francine A. LeFrak Wellness Center of New Jersey provides 1500 formerly incarcerated women in the Re-Entry Program access to medical, dental, and mental health care at no cost.
The Francine A. LeFrak Center for Well-Being was established to serve as a centralized hub for all wellness-related initiatives, including programs and workshops
The Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) is a Pan-African women’s organization whose mission is to support girls and women to acquire education for development.
Indego Africa, our on-the-ground partner, supports women in Rwanda through economic empowerment, training and education.
We provide funding for more than 200 women to enroll annually to attend the Per Scholas as part of the Women in Tech Scholars Program.
The Grace Institute empowers low-income women in New York City to become employed and economically secure.
The Foundation provides grants that enable FIT students to continue and complete their education.
The "tools of the trade" micro-grant funds are used to remove barriers and provide access to materials and equipment that BWI graduates require to pursue their careers.
Bridge2Rwanda was formed in 2007 to create opportunities for Rwandan students to study in the United States.
Harvard Kennedy School improves public policy and public leadership across the United States and around the world so that people can lead safer, freer, and more prosperous lives.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the FAL Foundation diverted from its typical mission to train, educate, and provide access to the arts by pivoting to address the more urgent issue at hand: wi
A successful social entrepreneur, women’s rights advocate and philanthropist, Francine LeFrak founded a trade initiative, Same Sky, to help women who were invisible become visible through the dignity of work.Learn More About Our Founder