Supporting Seniors

Powering non-profits that help the elderly remain healthy, active, and engaged.

The Wallerstein Foundation for Geriatric Life Improvement

is a non-profit, charitable organization incorporated in the State of New Jersey. Its primary mission is to support qualifying not-for-profit organizations that assist elderly individuals to remain healthy, active and engaged and generally to improve their quality of life. Towards this end, the Foundation will make grants that address the unique needs and social and physical challenges facing senior citizens. In some limited circumstances, the Foundation also will support research on geriatric life improvement.

Who we Support

Listed below are some representative examples of the organizations whose work has been supported in recent years through grants from the Wallerstein Foundation for Geriatric Life Improvement.

Adler Aphasia Center
Maywood, NJ

Daughters of Israel
West Orange, NJ

Daughters of Miriam
Clifton, NJ

EIES of New Jersey
South Orange, NJ

Israel Guide Dogs Center for the Blind
Warrington, PA

Jewish Family Services of Somerset
Somerville, NJ

Jewish Federation
Whippany, NJ

Joint Chaplainery Commission
Whippany, NJ

Kessler Foundation
West Orange, NJ

Main Street Counseling
West Orange, NJ

Applying for a Grant

To apply for a grant from the Wallerstein Foundation for Geriatric Life Improvement (hereinafter: The Wallerstein Foundation) an initial Letter of Inquiry (LoI) must be submitted electronically to the Foundation’s Administrative Director at the following e-mail address:  The LoI should describe the nature of the proposed program to be undertaken and/or the specific need or problem to be addressed, as well as the particular outcomes that will be achieved, including quantitative metrics (where appropriate) to measure success.  Normally, the LoI should not exceed three, single-spaced pages and should be accompanied by a preliminary budget and a description of the proposing organization and its mission.

Based on its available resources, the Wallerstein Foundation typically makes grants of one-year duration, though it may in some circumstances consider making a multi-year commitment. The Foundation will only accept grant requests from legally incorporated, 501c(3) organizations that have been approved by the Internal Revenue Service.  Evidence of IRS certification and the most recent IRS Form 990 must be provided along with the letter of inquiry.  Given its size, the Wallerstein Foundation is unable to provide general budgetary support; it focuses instead on funding specific projects, related program needs and requirements, and, on some occasions, supporting geriatric research. After reviewing the LoI, the Foundation may request additional detailed information, including a line item budget and other supporting documentation.  Site visits also may be undertaken, especially in the case of organizations seeking grants for the first time.

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