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Investing in Creative Kindness

Yeshiva University Announces Micro-Grants for Student Social Entrepreneurs

Yeshiva University recently announced a new fund that will provide micro-grants to student social entrepreneurs founding startups that will benefit the broader Jewish and global communities.

Called “Neal’s Fund,” the initiative was created by the family of Neal Dublinsky. Dublinsky grew up in Queens, NY, and graduated as valedictorian with top honors from Yeshiva College before attending the New York University School of Law. He was diagnosed with the most advanced stage of lymphoma in 1987 at the age of 24, just as he was beginning his career as a corporate attorney in Los Angeles, CA. Despite medical setbacks, he fought his illness and went on to live a full life for another 23 years. Neal’s Fund was established by family, friends and colleagues of Dublinsky and commemorates his entrepreneurial spirit and sense of social responsibility.

“In facing life’s challenges, Neal firmly believed in never remaining passive,” said Harry Dublinsky, Neal’s brother. “He performed many unheralded acts of kindness, including counseling numerous cancer patients throughout the country who sought out his advice. Neal passionately lived the credo of tikkun olam [repair the world], which is the foundation on which Neal’s Fund will operate.”

“Neal’s Fund will empower students and faculty working with students to pursue their social, innovative and creative entrepreneurial ideas, substantially impacting the local and global community with initiatives of creative kindness,” said Rabbi Kenneth Brander, vice president for university and community life at YU.

Most grants will range in size from $1,000 to $2,000, with a maximum of $5,000 per project. Student proposals will be judged on their uniqueness, creativity, projected impact and long-term vision by the Office of University and Community Life and a committee established by the Dublinsky family. For more information, click here.