Legacy of the Mandel Brothers

“Leadership has been the cen​tral thrust of our activity.
As the world changes, our programs will change, but the need for enlightened, informed leadership will not go away.”

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Mission of the Mandel Foundation

To contribute to the flourishing of the United States and Israel as just, inclusive, and compassionate societies, and to improve the quality of life in both countries​.


Areas of Engagement

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation was founded in 1953 by brothers Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel of Cleveland, Ohio, with the primary mission to help provide outstanding leadership for the nonprofit world. The Mandel Foundation focuses on these areas of engagement:


Leadership Development​ – Investing in leaders of nonprofit organizations with the aim of improving their impact on civil society. 

​​Management of Nonprofits – Fostering excellence in the management of nonprofit and public sector institutions. 

Humanities – Restoring the humanities as the foundation of human aspiration and human experience.

Jewish Life – Helping successive generations of Jews to discover the beauty of the Jewish cultural and religious heritage and to build and sustain vibrant Jewish communities​.

Urban renewal – Supporting urban renewal and community development, as an expression of our commitment to just, inclusive, and democratic societies.​


The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation has been active in Israel for a quarter century, supporting educational leadership programs at its own institutions and select universities and organizations.



Our Israel Story

The Mandel Foundation-Israel began its journey in 1991 when Israel's Minister of Education approached Morton Mandel with a challenge: he needed more highly qualified pr​ofessionals to staff key positions within the Ministry of Education. This led to the establishment of the Mandel Leadership Institute in Jerusalem.


Celebrating a quarter century

Over the last 25 years, through its renowned, intensive, two-year Mandel School for Educational Leadership and other programs, the Mandel Foundation has produced a generation of leaders in Israel's educational and nonprofit sectors. Today, many of the nearly 400 graduates of the school hold key positions in Israel's educational system, in nonprofit, and in national and local government in Israel.

The Mandel Leadership Institute is home to additional leadership programs, including the Mandel IDF Educational Leadership Program, a joint venture with the IDF Education Corps, and the Mandel Programs for Leadership in the Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) Community. 

Expanding to develop leaders in education across Israel

​Over the last decade, the Mandel Foundation has extended across Israel to include the Mandel Center for Leadership in the Negev, which helps train and empower leaders on the local level in the South of Israel, and the newest addition, the Mandel Center for Leadership in the North, which is home to local leadership training programs in the North of Israel.