About TJF

We are invested in building a strong Jewish tomorrow, today.



We understand that a strong tomorrow starts with a smart today, and we take the time to educate all generations of philanthropists, beginning with teens and young adults, and providing opportunities and training for young families through senior adults. Our LIFE & LEGACY™ program is changing the philanthropic culture of our community, encouraging broad participation across socio-economic and denominations backgrounds, and giving all members a stake in the future.

  • Our Mission

    Honoring the values of tzedakah and tikkun olam, the Tidewater Jewish Foundation is dedicated to creating permanent resources to meet the challenges and needs of the Jewish community. The Foundation educates individuals, families and its affiliates on the rewards of philanthropy and facilitates the philanthropic process through planned giving and endowments.

  • Why Us

    Highly respected in our local community as well as globally, we understand that we couldn’t do it without the consistent and generous donations from our donors. TJF understands the importance of identifying multiple areas of charitable opportunities to be able to meet the varying goals and needs of our donors. We want to help you help others today and for generations to come.

More reasons to partner with TJF

Choose TJF for managing your endowment funds, donor advised funds, or funds from your Jewish agency, organization, day school, or synagogue:

Local Support

We have our finger on the pulse of local synagogues, day schools, social services, arts organizations, and other non-profits. We learn about their needs and support their needs and support their innovation and growth through a variety of grants programs. We help members of the community with scholarships and other opportunities, and we provide guidance for fundraising campaigns.

Experienced Advisors

Our small, but mighty staff has deep education and experience in the financial, non-profit, and Jewish communal fields and includes an Accredited Estate Planner(r), Certified Philanthropic Advisors, and a Certified Public Accountant. We are able to help our donors learn about what kinds of funds best work for their needs and what potential tax breaks might be available to them. We pride ourselves on financial transparency and accessibility.

Committed Partners

We happily serve as the planned giving department for many of our local Jewish agencies, providing information, resources, and training, and helping them secure gifts, understand rules and regulations and fund their future. We help our partners apply for grants and other funding, and always look for opportunities to make them stronger. Our goal is a strong Jewish community in which all our agencies and organizations thrive.