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Genesis Prize grants awarded to 26 nonprofits

The funding is part of Speak Out for Israel, a campaign launched by the Genesis Prize Foundation after Kraft announced his commitment last year to combat antisemitism

Robert Kraft (Photo Courtesy of the New England Patriots/David Silverman)
Robert Kraft (Photo Courtesy of the New England Patriots/David Silverman)

A global campaign developed in honour of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft that targets efforts to delegitimise Israel will award grants to 26 Israeli and international nonprofit organisations.

The funding is part of Speak Out for Israel, a campaign launched by the Genesis Prize Foundation after Kraft announced his commitment last year to combat antisemitism upon receiving the Genesis Prize, the “Jewish Nobel.” The $1 million (£800,000) prize was directed toward the campaign.

The list of organisations receiving funds can be found here.

During his acceptance speech for the Genesis Prize, Kraft also announced a $20 million (£16,100) personal donation to seed the creation of the new Foundation to Combat Anti-Semitism.

As part of the Speak Out for Israel initiative, NGOs will introduce advocacy and awareness campaigns to engage international audiences, including diplomats, legislators, reporters, activists, students, and members of the academia and the arts community. Grantee organisations will expand their work with Jews in the Diaspora, volunteers in developing countries, and engagement with communities prone to anti-Israeli and anti-Jewish bias, Genesis said in a statement.

Many of the organisations have adapted their strategies to respond to the spike in antisemitic sentiment that has accompanied the coronavirus pandemic.

The Genesis Prize was started in 2013 and is financed through a permanent $100 million (£800,000) endowment. The annual award honours “extraordinary individuals for their outstanding professional achievement, contribution to humanity and commitment to Jewish values.”

Previous winners include former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and musician Itzak Perlman. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg received a lifetime achievement award from Genesis in 2018.

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