Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation




Tax ID:


Tax-Exempt Status:


Budget (2020):

Assets: $94,874,968




Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen

Budget (2022):

Revenue: $5,777,019

Expenses: $6,582,639

Assets: $106,455,928

Recent Tax Filings:

2020 990 Form

2021 990 Form

2022 990 Form

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Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen, the founders of the Giant supermarket chain, started the Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation (NNCF) in 1959.1 NNCF primarily gives grants to organizations in the Washington, D.C. area and in Israel. Today, the Foundation distributes $4 million in grants each year to organizations supportive of abortion, left-wing economics, environmentalists, and left-of-center Israel policy.2

Left-of-Center Israel Focused Organizations

NNCF gives support to the left-wing group Americans for Peace Now (APN).3 APN has partially endorsed the anti-Israeli Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, supporting boycotts of Israeli products from disputed territories beyond the 1949 armistice lines.4

APN endorsed the Obama administration’s Iran nuclear deal and called on Congress to save the deal after the Trump administration decertified it.5 6 When Mike Pompeo was nominated for Secretary of State, APN opposed his confirmation in part because of his opposition to the Iran deal.7 During the 2012 presidential election, APN attacked Republican candidate Mitt Romney as “anti-Israel” for questioning the Palestinians willingness to negotiate for peace in good faith.8 APN defended President Obama’s stances towards Israel and even labeled him “Israel’s Unsung Protector.”9

The J Street Education Fund is another left-of-center U.S. group that received funding from NNCF.10 J Street supported the Obama administration’s Iran nuclear deal and worked to build support for it in Congress.11 In 2017, when President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, J Street announced its opposition the announcement.12

NNCF has provided grants to the New Israel Fund (NIF), a funder of Israeli left-wing and Arab-interest groups.13 The NIF funds a number of left-wing Israeli organizations, some of which have expressed support for BDS and made other anti-Israel statements.14

Environmentalist Groups

The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) is a left-wing group that receives funding from NNCF.15 CEH created the Environmental Justice Fellowship Program to train left-wing environmentalist college students.16

NNCF supports the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), a left-of-center environmentalist organization.17 During President Trump’s first month in office, ELI hosted a panel to discuss the environmental impact of a wall on the southern border.18 The panel included members from the left-wing groups Sierra Club and Earthjustice.19 Another panel ELI hosted supported by NNCF discussed the Trump Administration’s ocean policy and featured panelists from the liberal organizations Ocean Conservancy, Oceana, Surfrider, and Meridian Institute.20

Other Left-Wing Groups

NNCF provided funding to the Metropolitan Washington chapter of the abortion provider Planned Parenthood.21 NNCF has also supported the left-wing economics group DC Fiscal Policy Institute.22 American Jewish World Service, Bend the Arc, Hazon, Jewish Council for Public Affairs, and the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable are all left-of-center Jewish organizations the NNCF has supported.23


  1. “History.” NNCF. Accessed January 15, 2019.
  2. “History.” NNCF. Accessed January 15, 2019.
  3. “Israel.” NNCF. Accessed January 15, 2019.
  4. Goodman, Alana. “Americans for Peace Now “Joins” Settlement Boycott Movement.” Commentary Magazine. July 08, 2015. Accessed January 18, 2019.’s-for-peace-now-“joins”-settlement-boycott-movement/.
  5. APN. “Take Action to Support the Iran Deal – 6 Things You Can Do to Make a Difference.” APN. August 16, 2015. Accessed January 17, 2019.
  6. APN. “Action Alert: Tell Congress to Save the Iran Deal.” APN. October 18, 2017. Accessed January 17, 2019.
  7. APN. “Action Alert: Tell Your Senator to Vote Against the Confirmation of Mike Pompeo.” APN. March 14, 2018. Accessed January 17, 2019.
  8. Nir, Ori. “APN Calls on Romney to Repudiate Anti-Israel Comments.” APN. September 19, 2012. Accessed January 17, 2019.
  9. Friedman, Lara. “Israel’s Unsung Protector: Obama.” New York Times. April 10, 2016. Accessed January 17, 2019.
  10. “Israel.” NNCF. Accessed January 15, 2019.
  11. “Iran.” J Street. Accessed January 17, 2019.
  12. “Trump’s Change of US Policy on Jerusalem Undermines Peace Efforts, Could Lead to Violence.” J Street. December 6, 2017. Accessed January 17, 2019.
  13. “Israel.” NNCF. Accessed January 15, 2019.
  14. Gordon, Evelyn. “The Embassy, the NIF, and the U.S.-Israeli Jewish Divide.” Commentary Magazine. October 24, 2017. Accessed January 21, 2019.
  15. “Environment.” NNCF. Accessed January 17, 2019.
  16. CEH. “Cultivating a New Generation of Environmental Justice Leaders.” December 21, 2015. Accessed January 17, 2019.
  17. “Environment.” NNCF. Accessed January 17, 2019.
  18. “The Border Wall: Environmental Law and Policy.” Environmental Law Institute. Accessed January 17, 2019.
  19. “The Border Wall: Environmental Law and Policy.” Environmental Law Institute. Accessed January 17, 2019.
  20. “Ocean Policy & the Trump Administration.” Environmental Law Institute. Accessed January 17, 2019.
  21. “Health and Reproductive Choice.” NNCF. Accessed January 15, 2019.
  22. “Local Civic Affairs.” NNCF. Accessed January 17, 2019.
  23. “Jewish Programs in the United States.” NNCF. Accessed January 17, 2019.

Donation Recipients

  1. American Jewish World Service (Non-profit)
  2. Americans for Peace Now (APN) (Non-profit)
  3. Anti-Defamation League (ADL) (Non-profit)
  4. Avodah (Non-profit)
  5. Bend the Arc (Non-profit)
  6. Bright Beginnings (Non-profit)
  7. Center for Community Change (CCC) (Non-profit)
  8. Center for Environmental Health (Non-profit)
  9. Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) (Non-profit)
  10. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) (Non-profit)
  11. Common Cause Education Fund (Non-profit)
  12. Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis (Non-profit)
  13. DC Fiscal Policy Institute (Non-profit)
  14. Emgage (Non-profit)
  15. Environmental Law Institute (ELI) (Non-profit)
  16. Fair Elections Center (Non-profit)
  17. Food Research and Action Center (Non-profit)
  18. Freedom House (Non-profit)
  19. Hazon (Non-profit)
  20. Institute for Policy Studies (Non-profit)
  21. J Street Education Fund (Non-profit)
  22. Jewish Council for Public Affairs (Non-profit)
  23. Local Initiatives Support Corporation (Non-profit)
  24. National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (Non-profit)
  25. NEO Philanthropy (Non-profit)
  26. New Israel Fund (Non-profit)
  27. New Virginia Majority Education Fund (Non-profit)
  28. Piedmont Environmental Council (Non-profit)
  29. Piper Fund (Non-profit)
  30. Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington D.C. (Non-profit)
  31. Progressive Maryland Education Fund (Non-profit)
  32. Proteus Fund (Non-profit)
  33. Social Good Fund (Non-profit)
  34. Student Organizing (Non-profit)
  35. Tides Foundation (Non-profit)
  36. UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza) (Non-profit)
  37. Voter Participation Center (VPC) (Non-profit)
  38. Voto Latino (Non-profit)
  39. Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers (Non-profit)
  40. Young Invincibles (Non-profit)
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: June 1, 2004

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2020 Dec Form PF $0 $0 $94,874,968 $669 $0 $0 $0 $0
    2019 Dec Form PF $0 $0 $82,833,172 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2015 Dec Form PF $0 $0 $74,840,460 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2014 Dec Form PF $0 $0 $74,874,113 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2013 Dec Form PF $0 $0 $73,857,244 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2012 Dec Form PF $0 $0 $73,414,458 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2011 Dec Form PF $0 $0 $73,324,358 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation

    PO BOX 30100
    BETHESDA, MD 20824-0100