Lisa and Michael Leffell Foundation

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The Lisa and Michael Leffell Foundation (EIN: 31-6633021) is a grant making foundation which supports a large number of Jewish and pro-Israel organisations in both the United States and Israel.

It is described as 'dedicated to Jewish education and strengthening security and vibrancy of the State of Israel'. [1]

The Lisa and Michael Leffell Foundation is a major donor to Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, the US body that sends funds to the Israeli Association for the Wellbeing of Israel's Soldiers. Between 2002-2013 the foundation donated $910,830 to the FIDF.[2]

Foundation Grantees

Organisations the foundation has supported include:

the Aleh Negev Foundation, American Enterprise Institute, the American Friends of Hazon, American Friends of IDC, the American Friends of the Reut Institute, American Israel Cooperative Enterprise, the American Israel Educational Foundation, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) the American Jewish Committee, Anti defamation League, Bipartisan Policy Center, Center for Israel Education,Christians for Fair Witness in the Middle East, Commentary Magazine, Council on Foreign Relations, the David Project, Friends of Yemin Orde, Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism Fund, Institute for the study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP) Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, Israel At Heart, Israel on Campus Coalition, the Israel Project, the Jewish Communal Fund, the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, Jewish National Fund, the Manhattan Institute, Masorti Foundation for Conservative Judaism in Israel, the Mayanot Institute of Jewish Studies, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), New Israel Fund, PEF Israel Endowment Funds, Planned Parenthood, the Reut Institute, StandWithUs, the Temple Israel Center, The Media Line, United Jewish Appeal, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the World Jewish Congress, Wounded Warrior Project. [3]


In May 2015, the foundation sponsored a three-day seminar on 'the Impact of Israel on American Jewry' in Westchester, New York.[4]

2014 grantees

Included: Henry Jackson Society - USD$15,000 [5]


Directors (circa 2012)

Michael Leffell (Director) | Lisa Leffell (Director)


600 Madison Avenue, 20th Floor
New York, NY
Phone:(646) 532-2445


  1. Michael Leffell, JINSA, accessed 27 January 2018
  2. Data compiled from filings of Form 990s 2002 - 2013.
  3. Data compiled from filings of Form 990s 2002 - 2013.
  4. Organization of American Historians Website 2015 Leffell Seminar on the Impact of Israel on American Jewry: Call for Applications. Accessed 18 February 2015.
  5. IRS Form 990s reviewed by Spinwatch