SRE Network promotes Jewish workplaces and communal spaces in becoming safe, respectful, and equitable through network building, resource sharing, and community investments.
Following nearly a year of listening, learning, reflecting, and dreaming together,
SRE Network is thrilled to share our 2024-2026 strategic plan with our community.
On Wednesday, October 25, we hosted a town hall with our community to discuss:
How the strategic plan expands membership, improves the grants process, and creates more opportunities for trust, relationships, and learning among network members.
New shared resources
Stories of impact from grantees and members.
Frequently Asked Questions
SRE Network is thrilled to share our 2024-2026 strategic plan with our community. The following FAQs provide additional information about SRE Network and our new strategic direction.
This plan both expands our mission, reach, and capacity while also inspiring a refinement in our approach. Through conversations with our community, we came to a deeper understanding of both our impact and potential. Below is more on how we now define our three core offerings.
- Network building: Fostering constituent relations, member learning sessions, an annual convening, network weaving, and funder engagement.
- Resource sharing: Lifting up field learning and research, providing strategic guidance to organizations, learning opportunities, public speaking, and thought leadership.
- Community Investments: Providing grants, technical assistance, investments in partnerships with experts, practitioners, and growing communities of practice.
Additionally, this plan:
- Introduces our updated model and theory of change.
- Enacts stronger member accountability and for membership to have more “teeth.” through the introduction of three engagement tiers.
- Invests in more resources, including policies, training, and guides, specifically around equity and accountability.
- Elevates awareness around our existing services and resources. Clarity around our community investment and grantmaking process.
Since our launch in 2018, we have been busy seeding new projects, gathering and connecting committed partners, and releasing groundbreaking research and thought leadership. As we approached our 5-year milestone, we knew it was time to take stock and chart our course for the next stage of our work. This strategic plan has been an opportunity for us to engage in deep listening and reflection, to capture those learnings from the past five years and leverage them to even better serve our network and sector moving forward as we deepen and expand our work.
With our deep belief in the ripples that come from organizational change, we seek to include agencies of varying sizes, movements, and locations; people of all genders, sexual orientations, abilities, ages, and origins; professionals and volunteers, board members and community members; religious and secular, and the diverse racial and ethnic mosaic that makes up today’s Jewish community.
While SRE is specifically focused on creating change in Jewish workplaces and communal spaces, it is by no means limited to those who identify as Jewish. We aim to impact all employees, members of and participants in Jewish communal activities. We value the voices, input and action of anyone or organization that shares SRE’s goals. We hope the commitment, standards and resources we create will be relevant for and used by organizations beyond the Jewish community.
We envision a Jewish communal landscape that is safe, respectful, and equitable, where people are free from abuse, engage one another with dignity, and are treated fairly. This future is possible through a strong network, sharing of resources and community investments. See our full theory of change here.
Alongside being a network, we are a platform and a field builder. In addition to our regular online trainings and workshops and our annual Convening, we will introduce new learning communities which includes communities of practice and cohort learning.
Our current and future work is focused on these two areas:
- Gender-focused efforts to address harassment and inequity that include women as a primary target beneficiary population.
- Broader safety, respect, and equity (s,r,e) culture change efforts that support safety, respect, and equity for all.
Both our gender-focused and broader s,r,e culture change efforts will continue to be guided by a multi-dimensional, intersectional understanding of identity, structural bias, and inequity. For the purposes of our work, we define women as those who self-identify as such, including cisgender and transgender women. We believe in the need to address both the needs of women and of all people. We understand gender to exist on a continuum and enthusiastically support the active participation and recognition of all gender identities and expressions in both our programming as well as our Jewish workplaces and communal spaces.
Our focus continues to be informed by our community. In reflecting on what we’ve heard, this plan brings more intentionality and precision into our work. This fall we are excited to share more details about our communities of practice which will focus on gathering organizations and leaders with aligned affinities.
We encourage funders to join us through committing to being an active participant in creating healthier and stronger Jewish communal organizations. Some of the ways to get involved:
- Have your foundation become a member of the SRE Network.
- Actively participate in SRE Network member programming, trainings and events.
- Share SRE Network resources and thought leadership with colleagues and peers.
- Power our work by becoming a funder of SRE Network’s catalytic work advancing safety, respect and equity.
Starting in 2024, the biggest impact of this plan on your membership will be access to even more supportive resources, new communities of practice for collaborative learning, and easier access to grant opportunities.
In January 2024, we will introduce multiple pathways for engagement which includes membership, affiliate, and partner. Details about each category will be shared this fall. Given the variety of organizations within our network, ranging in size, focus areas, and internal capacity, we have created more specialized engagement pathways. These pathways aim to offer the appropriate resources, community, and accountability to support the individual progress of each organization.
We believe in the power of community learning and collective ripples. Organizations are capable of creating and sustaining safe, respectful, and equitable workplaces for all when they are committed and have the skills, tools, and resources to make meaningful change. While you could do this alone, joining SRE Network is proven to accelerate your impact and ease the process. Alongside signaling your values to peer organizations, your team, potential hires, and the people you serve, you gain access to resources, training, grants, and peers to learn and grow alongside.
Membership is free and includes many services such as being publicly acknowledged alongside other committed organizations, being eligible for capacity and field building grants, accessing resources, training, and our annual convening, engaging in our communities of practice and receiving strategic advising, tailored support, and presentations for your organization from SRE staff.
Discover all the benefits by exploring the About SRE Membership page.
We know funding is often the catalyst to action. Every year, SRE Network distributes over $1 million in grants to support organizational work and advance the field of safety, respect and equity.
Grants are accessible to any nonprofit that meets the grant criteria, which you can read in full here. Some criteria include having 510c3 status, active status as a network member for a minimum of six months, and a demonstrated commitment across the organization to the work of safety, respect, and equity.