We wish our funds were unlimited and that we could provide assistance to everyone who needed it. However choices must be made and not all applicants will receive funding. People reach out to Hasidah at various places in their fertility journey. Some are planning ahead and considering options and others are ready to proceed and are looking for immediate assistance. We recognize that a lot of logistics is involved and try to be transparent to minimize confusion.
The information shared here is done so to be helpful and not to deter you from reaching out to speak with us. We are always happy to talk with you. Making space for you to speak about your situation, providing support and connecting you to additional resources are the cornerstones of Hasidah’s work. Sometimes Hasidah is unable to provide funding, but we are always here to listen and to help you during your experience with infertility.
What treatments do you fund?
Hasidah provides funding for IVF and related treatments such as ICSI and genetic testing (only when medically necessary). Hasidah will fund IVF cycles that use donor gametes. Hasidah’s goal is not to fund fertility treatment. Hasidah’s goal is to build Jewish families by removing financial barriers to treatment that has a reasonable likelihood of success. Except in the rare instance when the treatment may be unsafe for mother or baby, our inability to fund is not a statement against your choice. We deeply respect the choices people make and have faith in the medical community to provide ethically appropriate recommendations and treatment. Please choose to pursue the treatment that you feel is best for you. However, we do not fund treatment if it has a low likelihood of success.
Can I apply for past IVF expenses?
No. Hasidah only provides funding for treatments before they have started.
Will I receive the grant money directly?
No. Our grants are made payable to clinics, laboratories and pharmacies only.
How much funding is typically awarded?
Each case is considered individually based on treatment costs and applicant’s financial situation. Hasidah typically funds between $5,000 – and $15,000, averaging in the middle. All applicants will be required to make a personal contribution to the cost of treatment.
What are the financial criteria for applicants?
Hasidah consider a range of situations from those with greater financial need leaning towards grants, and those with more financial means but still in need of assistance leaning towards loans. Below are some of the questions we consider when reviewing applications:
- If treatment is successful, will household have financial means to sustain a family? (We do take the geographic variability of cost of living into account.)
- Does the household have stable employment, adequate living arrangements and appropriate health insurance?
- What is the applicant’s level of debt relative to income? Do they have the capacity to repay a loan?
- Have the applicants already spent money on previous fertility treatments?
- Are the treatment costs low, average or high? (Research does not link higher costs to better outcomes. Hasidah funds based on national averages of costs.)
- Does the applicant make over $150,000? (This is not an automatic decline, but assume the committee will require an explanation of necessity or extenuating circumstances. We do take cost of living index into consideration).
Am I able to go to whatever clinic I want?
You may use any clinic that reports their results to the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies (SART – www.SART.org)
What are the medical criteria?
Applicants MUST meet the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) definition of Infertility (i.e. blocked tubes, unexplained infertility, endometriosis, PCOS, male factor, female factor, etc.) OR have other appropriate situations that requires use of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (e.g. cancer treatment, genetic carriers, etc.). A reproductive endocrinologist must certify that IVF is necessary (i.e. not just preferable) and the applicant is an appropriate candidate for IVF.
Hasidah utilizes a healthcare review committee that considers if candidates have a reasonable likelihood of success. Additionally, full Jewish genetic screening is required. We do not want someone to undergo treatment only to find out another factor is a barrier. Please go to www.jscreen.org for more information. Tests of ovarian reserve and applicant’s overall mental and physical health will also be considered.
What does Hasidah NOT fund?
- Frozen embryo transfers unless they are part of the IVF Hasidah is funding
- Reciprocal IVF (unless it is medically necessary)
- Embryo banking e.g. new IVF cycles when embryos are already available
- Egg freezing
- IVF cycles scheduled to start during the grant review time period or that are in process
- Woman over age 40 and using her own eggs
- Woman over age 45
- IVF when applicants already have children
- Patients who smoke
- IVF when an IUI or other treatment might be indicated first
- Woman with elevated BMI. (Poses risks to mother and baby. A BMI over 40 is considered unsafe.)
- When multiple prior IVF attempts have been made with no success at SART clinic with reasonable success rates
Do you fund same sex couples? Single parents?
Yes. Our goal is to build Jewish families. If you are in need of IVF to build your Jewish family, can sustain that family, and have financial need then we are here to support you.
Are there personal/Jewish criteria for applicants?
Judaism must be the sole religion practiced in the home. The application committee reviews many applications and we will not have the chance to meet you in person. In the application you will have the opportunity to share your fertility story and your vision for your Jewish family. We are deeply invested in our clients and want to see how their vision for a Jewish family can help us reach ours. Additionally, all applicants may be subject to a criminal background check.
What if I already have a child/children?
We generally do not fund secondary infertility. Applicants with no children will be given priority.
What is the timing of the application process?
Hasidah typically has two funding cycles per year. The deadline for submissions is usually around five weeks after the cycle begins. After applications are received, it takes another month for the application review process to be completed. All applicants are then notified whether or not Hasidah was able to provide funding for their application.
Who sees my application?
A healthcare review committee, a financial review committee and an application review committee review Hasidah applications. Everyone involved takes their role very seriously, appreciates the sensitivity of application information and is bound by confidentiality.
Why is there an application fee?
We understand that applicants are requesting financial assistance. However, Hasidah operates with limited staff and additional resources are needed to process applications. Since we do not know how many applications we will receive, this fee helps us manage the varying costs associated with application processing.
How do I get more information or an application?
We know that the process leading to IVF can be difficult and that there are many questions along the way. We are happy to speak with you, provide support and discuss our funding opportunities. Please complete a contact form here or call Hasidah at 415.323.3226 to speak with someone. During applications cycles, the application files are available on the Hasidah website.
Do you have any advice for applicants?
- Please be sure that your answers are thorough, transparent and easily understood! We cannot research missing application information and will be unable to fund requests that are not complete. If you are unsure if something is relevant or necessary, share more information. All grant recipients must agree that if any information was found to be withheld or incorrect, the grant will be forfeited.
- Let’s say that again: Ensure your medical and financial information are complete. A perfect stranger needs to be able to read your application and understand the medical and financial situation just from reading your application. Indeed, they will be. Use the comments fields in the medical and financial sections to explain anything not obvious.
- Use your essay to tell us what we cannot learn from the information in the application (and don’t need to repeat).
- Be careful when determining what funding you are requesting. We know most people do not plan to spend money this way and that every bit helps, but our grants are based on legitimate need and we have to review many applications. Keep that in mind.
- Lastly, we also know that our application asks for a lot of information and you have a lot happening already. We only ask for information shown to be relevant when making decisions. Do not omit anything that is asked. We wouldn’t ask if we didn’t need it. While that may make for a bit of work, it also makes sure we can make our decisions with integrity.
What information is needed for an application?
□ A personal statement (your fertility story and your vision of your Jewish family)
□ Reference letter(s) (optional)
□ The last two IRS returns for both applicants (and/or joint filing)
□ The two most recent pay stubs for both applicants
□ A copy of both sides of your insurance cards
□ A COMPLETED Financial-Worksheet
□ A Medical Referral Form completed by the doctor who will be providing the IVF.
□ A copy of clinic Medical Release Form.
□ A $50 application fee.
You can also look at a previous application sample to get an idea of the other information requested on the on-line application.