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Tzedek Social Justice Fellowship based in Asheville, North Carolina

The Amy Mandel and Katina Rodis Fund (AMKRF) has been supporting and promoting the social justice work of leading progressive organizations since the late 1980’s. AMKRF supports efforts that address systemic change with regards to policy, legal, and cultural reform.

In 2012, the AMKRF founded The Tzedek Social Justice Fellowship. The Amy Mandel and Katina Rodis Fund is based in Asheville, North Carolina.


We envision a world of equity and full human rights for all people.


The Amy Mandel and Katina Rodis Fund supports social justice work that advances LGBTQ rights, forwards racial justice, and combats anti-Semitism on a global, national, and local scale.

Grants are awarded to organizations, programs, and campaigns that align with one or more of the following priorities:

  • An intersectional approach to race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, faith, and class.
  • Best practices for combating anti-Semitism, dismantling structural racism, and attaining full equity for LGBTQ people.
  • Capacity building and leadership training opportunities to strengthen nonprofit operations, and the leadership of youth, young adults, and movement builders.
  • People of Color-led organizations and initiatives engaged in LGBTQ rights and other social justice work.
  • Progressive Jewish and other ally organizations that prioritize LGBTQ issues, racial and economic justice, dismantling structural racism, combatting anti-Semitism, and other social justice issues.
  • Strategic collaboration with other funders and organizations to help build a stronger, better-leveraged, and expansive LGBTQ equality movement in the Southern U.S.
  • Advancement of global human rights and equality for LGBTQ people worldwide.
  • Organizations that enhance the quality of life for our local community in Asheville, North Carolina.

Here’s a list of organizations funded by AMKRF:

The Amy Mandel and Katina Rodis Fund does not accept unsolicited grant proposals nor do we send out RFPs.

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