About Us

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The Aviv Foundation is a family philanthropy founded in 2016. We are committed to funding efforts that provide disadvantaged children with opportunities to improve their lives, with a particular focus on child welfare and education. The foundation also supports efforts to promote pluralistic Jewish engagement; build a peaceful and equal-opportunity society in Israel; and promote civic engagement and voting rights for all US citizens.

Our Team

The professional staff of the Aviv Foundation working on the Springboard Prize for Child Welfare includes Adam Simon, Executive Director; Jill Nagle, Deputy Director; and Jamie Lee Kiles, Program Manager. In the creation and launch of the Springboard Prize for Child Welfare, we are grateful for the instrumental support of Mary Bissell, Partner at ChildFocus, and the team at Social Strategy Associates.

Chani Katzen Laufer serves as President of the Aviv Foundation. She is involved in Jewish communal activities and serves on the board of Yeshivat Maharat, the first rabbinical seminary in the United States to ordain Orthodox Jewish women. Before focusing on philanthropy, Chani worked as a Law Guardian in the Bronx and New York City Family Courts representing children in abuse, neglect, and custody cases.


Dr. Steven Laufer serves as Treasurer of the Aviv Foundation. He works as an economist with a focus on housing and mortgage markets, labor economics, and household finance, and was formerly a Principal Economist at the Federal Reserve Board. Steve also dedicates his time to various Jewish nonprofit organizations and currently serves on the boards of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, the Center for Modern Torah Leadership, and the Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital. Before becoming an economist, Steve spent several years teaching high school science.