Our Projects in Israel
The New Israel Fund provides grants to organisations that make Israel a better, more equal, and more democratic society.
We’ve provided more than $300 million to more than 900 organizations since we were founded. Ranging from large grants to organizations like the Association of Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), our flagship grantee, to small grants to community organizations working on social change at the local level, our grantmaking procedure is rigorous, transparent and based on collaborative partnerships with our grantees.
All grantees, whether they receive core grants from NIF or donor-assisted funding, are legally recognized and registered non-profits in Israel. Additionally, every grantee must meet NIF’s Funding Guidelines and undergo regular evaluations for effectiveness and consistency with NIF’s overall strategic priorities.
Together with our partners, we are making social change happen:
Together we have mobilised in defence of asylum seekers
With our partners we were there to stand against the deportation of 38,000 Sudanese and Eritrean asylum seekers from Israel in 2018. We campaigned for justice alongside our grantee Achoti, who launched the ‘South Tel Aviv Against Deportation’ campaign. We delivered support on the ground to our partner Hotline for Refugees and Migrants and Assaf who provided vital resources, legal aid and support for asylum seekers at risk following announcement of planned deportation. We marched together with our partners in Tel-Aviv and we won.
Together we have strengthened responses to racism
Our ‘Kick It Out’ Campign, fighting racism and discrimination in football, has exceeded our expectations. In 2018, not a single case of organised racist chanting was documented by fans of Beitar Jerusalem – a significant breakthrough. Last year, kick it out also brought together hundreds of Jewish and Arab children for a football match in an unprecedented and powerful stand against racism and intolerance.
Together we have cared for Israel’s most disadvantaged
After years of advocacy, our partners in Adalah succeeded in persuading the government to connect a number of unrecognised Bedouin villages in the Negev to the power grid. This is a huge step forward in reducing the devastating social and economic isolation and making progress towards the recognition of Bedouin villages in the region.
Together we have protected women’s rights in the workplace
The Israeli army and higher education institutions are often under pressure from ultra-Orthodox voices to limit the roles available to women. In response, we helped the Israel Women’s Network set up a support hotline to connect women facing discrimination with organisations ready to advocate on their behalf. As a result of their activism, the IDF Chief Rabbi has stated that military rabbis who refuse to follow policies that protect women’s positions will be fired.
Out of hundreds of Israeli organisations that NIF assesses and approves for funding, NIF identifies dozens of groups to receive support from NIF’s core budget. The list of Israeli organisations receiving grants from NIF’s core budget are listed here.
Our grantees and projects work tirelessly to effect transformational social change in Israel. For news about our latest success stories, click here.