Using our data-driven grantmaking approach, we fund and also partner with the most effective, best-in-class organizations in the cities of New York, Philadelphia, Newark and Camden, as well as communities throughout Israel. Here are examples of our grantees and partners.
The 48ers is an after-school basketball and youth leadership program serving underprivileged participants throughout Israel. The program aims to promote the successful integration of Ethiopian-Israeli youths within the general Israeli society by providing them with opportunities to immerse themselves into an organized program after school. Harris Philanthropies is the founding partner of the 48ers program and is the organization’s largest supporter. The parent organization of the 48ers is the Israel Sport and Education Initiative (ISEI) which also oversees The Equalizer, an after-school soccer program.
After-School All-Stars (ASAS) is a renowned national program that provides free, comprehensive after-school programs that keep children safe and help them succeed in school and in life. Our deep support of the organization since 2016, is targeted to the program chapters in Newark, Camden, and Philadelphia. Due to the support of Harris Philanthropies, ASAS has opened seven schools and has expanded activities in existing schools in the Newark, Camden and Philadelphia chapters, serving approximately 500 participants annually.
Apollo Global Management
As the Co-Founder of Apollo Global Management, Josh and Harris Philanthropies are committed to utilizing Apollo’s broad platform to extend their philanthropic reach. Apollo Citizenship is committed to investing in its communities and engaging its employees and other stakeholders in meaningful and impactful Citizenship Programs. The program empowers employees to contribute their time, talent and funds to organizations they are passionate about. Most recently, Harris Philanthropies and Apollo joined forces to donate 100,000 masks to New York City hospitals, including the hard-hit Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, NY.
The Bridgespan Group
The Bridgespan Group is a global nonprofit that collaborates with social change organizations, philanthropists and impact investors to break cycles of poverty and dramatically improve the quality of life for those in need. Harris Philanthropies along with the Pew Charitable Trusts is bringing Bridgespan’s Leading for Impact (LFI) program to the greater Philadelphia/Camden area. Harris Philanthropies has committed $2 million to support the LFI program, a two-year consulting program, which helps executive teams of 50 local nonprofits pursue strategic opportunities and build capacity to improve their performance. LFI has launched in nine cities to date with over 300 non-profit leadership teams.
Devils Care Foundation
As Managing Partner of the New Jersey Devils, Josh and Harris Philanthropies are closely aligned with the activity and mission of the Devils Care Foundation. Highlighting the full HBSE platform in New Jersey, the Foundation utilizes the New Jersey Devils team, Prudential Center and the Grammy Museum Experience to inspire youth in the Newark community through the power of sports and entertainment. As part of COVID-19 relief efforts the Foundation, along with Harris Philanthropies, contributed $600,000 to aid the supply of PPE to RWJ Barnabas and Cooper Hospital Systems and provided 100,000 meals to those in need.
Harvard Business School
For over a century, Harvard Business School has conducted rigorous, groundbreaking research that has shaped the practice of business as well as the education of generations of leaders worldwide. Harris Philanthropies supports Harvard Business School’s vision for students to follow their passions to a career where they will have the most impact regardless of the financial constraints. In line with this vision, Harris Philanthropies created the Joshua J. Harris Fund for Sports Management. The Fund supports research on sports management and has provided 15 fellowships to MBA students pursuing an internship or career in sports management. Josh and Marjorie also sit on the Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors.
Mount Sinai Medical Center
Founded in 1852, The Mount Sinai Hospital is one of the nation’s largest and most respected hospitals, acclaimed internationally for excellence in clinical care. Harris Philanthropies established the Harris Center for Precision Wellness to develop innovative approaches to health monitoring and wellness management by integrating emerging technologies in digital health, data science and genomics to enable the ability to target individualized health in a precise, highly individualized way.
Harris Philanthropies has been funding the Police Athletic League (PAL) of Philadelphia since 2015. PAL is one of the premier youth-serving organizations in the country, with a significant presence in the Philadelphia area. Through its centers and various programs, PAL’s goal is to promote character development and improve educational outcomes. Due to the support of Harris Philanthropies, PAL has opened five new centers and enhanced programming to over 7,000 youth annually within the city’s highest need neighborhoods. Harris Philanthropies also provided PAL with the resources of The Bridgespan Group to create a five-year strategic plan.
Palace For Life Foundation
As a General Partner of the Crystal Palace Football Club in the Premier League, Josh and Harris Philanthropies work closely with the Palace for Life Foundation, the official charity of Crystal Palace FC. The Foundation, which has been working with the South London community for over 25 years uses the team’s reach and the power of football to change the lives of young people in the community, particularly the most disadvantaged. The Foundation employs over 50 staff who work with approximately 14,000 people each year, inspiring them to find a better path and to lead a healthier life. Most recently, Harris Philanthropies contributed to the Foundation’s COVID-19 relief efforts, including the donation of 20,000 meals to those in need.
Sixers Youth Foundation
Established in 2015, the Sixers Youth Foundation is the nonprofit extension of the Philadelphia 76ers and a regional Foundation focused on youth development across the Greater Delaware Valley. The Foundation believes in utilizing the power of basketball and the influence of its brand to inspire future generations in the communities where our fans live, work and play. The Sixers Youth Foundation seeks to support resources for youth that strengthen their social and emotional knowledge through equitable learning experiences. As Chair of the Foundation, Marjorie guides the grantmaking strategy of the organization and related initiatives.
Harris Philanthropies has been funding Tavor since 2014. Tavor’s mission is to foster a young leadership for the State of Israel that is driven by a sense of mission and belonging to the Jewish people, its heritage and the Land of Israel. Harris Philanthropies supports Tavor’s three flagship programs – the Keshet Young Leadership program for high school students; the Mechina, Tavor’s pre-military academy for high school graduates; and the Tavor Insititute for IDF commanders. Specifically, the Tavor Mechina is one of the most prominent pre-military gap-year programs from among Israel’s 40 registered programs; 65% of Mechina graduates serve in command positions in the IDF and over 35% of graduates serve as officers.
University Of Pennsylvania
The Joshua J. Harris Alternative Investments Program at the Wharton School
Harris Philanthropies named the Joshua J. Harris Alternative Investments Program at Wharton, which focuses on advancing innovation in private equity, hedge funds, venture capital and investment management. The Harris Program is a global hub for the development of cutting-edge research in alternative investments, which integrates into the broader Wharton School’s curriculum and is enhanced in public forums.
As one of the world’s leading academic medical centers, Penn Medicine is dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research and excellence in patient care. Harris Philanthropies, in connection with David Blitzer and Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers, coordinated a $1.7 million donation to provide support for serology tests that detect antibodies in frontline health care workers. The pledge provides a much-needed boost for efforts to quickly identify health care workers who may have immunity to the coronavirus. Penn Medicine hopes to increase testing to include more health care workers, and others, such as police officers and EMS workers, on the front lines of the pandemic.
First established in 1900 and entering its 115th season as a varsity program, the University of Pennsylvania has long supported the sport of collegiate wrestling. Harris Philanthropies supports Penn Wrestling’s plan and vision to become one of the NCAA’s premier programs through the Joshua J. Harris Wrestling Assistant Coach Endowment and also support which assists the program with recruiting, equipment and facility renovations.