Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen, the founders of the Giant supermarket chain, started the Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation (NNCF) in 1959. 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.
Left-of-Center Israel Focused Organizations
NNCF gives support to the left-wing group Americans for Peace Now (APN). 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.
APN endorsed the Obama administration’s Iran nuclear deal and called on Congress to save the deal after the Trump administration decertified it.  When Mike Pompeo was nominated for Secretary of State, APN opposed his confirmation in part because of his opposition to the Iran deal. 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. APN defended President Obama’s stances towards Israel and even labeled him “Israel’s Unsung Protector.”
The J Street Education Fund is another left-of-center U.S. group that received funding from NNCF. J Street supported the Obama administration’s Iran nuclear deal and worked to build support for it in Congress. In 2017, when President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, J Street announced its opposition the announcement.
NNCF has provided grants to the New Israel Fund (NIF), a funder of Israeli left-wing and Arab-interest groups. The NIF funds a number of left-wing Israeli organizations, some of which have expressed support for BDS and made other anti-Israel statements.
The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) is a left-wing group that receives funding from NNCF. CEH created the Environmental Justice Fellowship Program to train left-wing environmentalist college students.
NNCF supports the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), a left-of-center environmentalist organization. During President Trump’s first month in office, ELI hosted a panel to discuss the environmental impact of a wall on the southern border. The panel included members from the left-wing groups Sierra Club and Earthjustice. 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.
Other Left-Wing Groups
NNCF provided funding to the Metropolitan Washington chapter of the abortion provider Planned Parenthood. NNCF has also supported the left-wing economics group DC Fiscal Policy Institute. 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.