Agency awards $100K to two local nonprofit heads

Founders of two local Jewish nonprofits will receive $100,000 over the next two years from the Joshua Venture Group.

They are among eight Jewish social entrepreneurs nationwide who have been named fellows in the latest cohort of the Joshua Venture Group’s 2012 Dual Investment program. Each fellow will receive $80,000 in funding for their organizations and more than $20,000 toward personalized coaching, training and networking.

The Bay Area recipients are Sara Heitler Bamberger of the Berkeley grassroots Jewish learning program Kevah; and Elana Naftalin-Kelman, also of Berkeley, for her organization Rosh Pina, which helps Jewish institutions become special-needs certified through a one-year program.

The Dual Investment program was launched in 2001. The Joshua Ventures Group’s mission is to identify emerging leaders in the Jewish community and support their visions for social change.