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Moriah Fund


Last Updated: 2016-06-06

At A Glance

Moriah Fund

1 Farragut Sq. S., 1634 I St. N.W., Ste. 1000

Washington, DC United States 20006-4015

Telephone: (202) 783-8488


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $96,110,231

Total giving: $13,586,000





Additional Contact Information

Israel office e-mail:; Requests in Israel: Don Futterman, 18 Weizman St., Kfar Saba, Israel 44247


Established in 1985 in IN - The fund was established to perpetuate the lifelong philanthropic commitment of its founders, Robert and Clarence Efroymson

Purpose and Activities

Promote human rights and democracy, help disadvantaged people gain self-sufficiency and control over their lives, and promote women's rights and reproductive health. The fund supports programs that strengthen local involvement, leadership and institutional development. The fund focuses on areas where private funding can make a difference, that is, areas that receive inadequate government funds, or that leverage public and private support through advocacy and the modeling of innovative programs.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Economic Justice

The fund will support policy, advocacy and community organizing groups in DC, Maryland and Virginia, and national organizations working to: improve policies and practices affecting the income, benefits and work conditions of low-wage workers.

Human Rights

The fund has a strong commitment to human rights and funds a variety of human rights efforts throughout its program areas. In addition, the fund makes a small number of grants to support other human rights programs, most importantly the Fund for Global Human Rights, which is raising and directing funds to frontline in-country human rights groups worldwide.


The program gives priority to grassroots and community-based organizations, advocacy activities, and the development of model programs that can affect national policies.The foundation places emphasis on organizations that promote: 1) civil rights; 2) social justice and democracy; and 3) improve educational and economic opportunities for the disadvantaged. The program no longer provides support for coexistence, environment, and religious pluralism programs.

Program-Related Investment

The foundation has made a PRI, in the form of a loan, to a community health organization dedicated to partnering with young people to help end HIV/AIDS, to support its relocation and renovation efforts. Historically, the foundation has made PRIs in the form of loans to an organization in support of its efforts to capitalize eco-enterprises rooted in poor communities in rural Guatemala, ad to an organization for the purpose of providing working capital for establishing a nonprofit franchise in the Washington, DC.

Women's Rights and Reproductive Health Program

The fund supports efforts to transform the legal, political, economic and cultural structures that sustain gender discrimination and violence and that limit women's full participation in society. Specifically, the fund has two priorities: 1) women's reproductive health and rights; and 2) women's human rights, with an emphasis on the rights of immigrant and refugee women.

Fields of Interest

  • Community and economic development
  • Family planning
  • Human rights
  • Leadership development
  • Reproductive health care
  • Single parent support
International Interests
  • Israel
Population Groups
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Ethnic and racial groups
  • Females
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $96,110,231 (market value)

Expenditures: $15,040,016

Total giving: $13,586,000

Qualifying distributions: $15,016,312