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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, Promotion of International Understanding

Mission: THE NEW ISREAL FUND (NIF) IS THE LEADING ORGANIZATION ADVANCING DEMOCRACY AND EQUALITY FOR ALL ISREALIS. WE BELIEVE THAT ISREAL CAN LIVE UP TO ITS FOUNDERS' VISION OF A STATE THAT ENSURES COMPLETE EQUALITY OF SOCIAL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS TO ALL ITS INHABITANTS, WITHOUT REGARD TO RELIGION, RACE, GENDER OR NATIONAL IDENTITY

Programs: Democracy and civil and human rights: nif works to protect and promote the rights of all citizens of israel, and to establish a shared society. From women's and lgbt rights to the controversial issues of synagogue/state and minority rights, nif supports and trains human and civil rights organization in israel. In 2014, the democracy, civil and human rights program continued working on three main areas of activity: 1) promoting a shared society and combating racism; 2) upholding human rights, and 3) safeguarding democracy. An emerging focus, made evident during the 2014 gaza war, is safeguarding freedom of speech.

social and economic justice: nif's long-term goal is to reduce social and economic gaps by working to empower israel's most disadvantaged citizens. Nif works with grantee organizations to foster a broad culture of citizen action and to promote workable policies and programs addressing poverty, homelessness, unemployment, and urban decay in low-income communities, especially in the geographic and social periphery. The gaza war exacerbated cleavages within israeli society and revealed significant areas in which discrimination has left some sectors - for instance, israel's arab minority - lacking critical infrastructure. Nif worked to bridge the gaps, end discrimination, and connect israelis with each other.

religious freedom: nif aims to promote freedom of - and from - religion in israel, and to encourage a more tolerant society that embraces the rich diversity of jewish identity and practice. Our grantees work to change the legal structure that limits religious freedom; to advocate for equal allocation of resources to include non-orthodox jewish services and education; to strengthen liberal elements within orthodoxy; and to combat religious extremism including the exclusion of women from the public sphere.

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Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

NIF is concerned with empowering and supporting Israel's critics and takes little interest in growing antisemitism or anti-Israel feeling around the world, in fact it foments the latter with constant references to occupation. It claims to be nonpartisan and nonpolitical but that is patently untrue, just look at the activities of their grantees. It supported the BDS movement in its early stages. A very self-righteous group that probably does more harm than good.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization with a progressive mission and a deep commitment to human rights. I have seen the New Israel Fund's work firsthand and can attest to its value.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Openly supports anti-Israel people and organizations. Also employs people who equate the IDF to Hamas, and who try to endanger Jews and Israel supporters by breaching their privacy, safety, and security.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

NIF is openly outspoken against the Jewish State. Its condemnation of Israel is more virulent that that of Israel's foreign enemies. I urge people to desist from contributing to NIF if they are pro-Israel, pro Jewish Israel, and are for the existence of Israel.

Dudik F.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Biased leftists' bunch bent on supporting pan-arab nationalism, socialism & pathological hate of religion. Engaged is brainwashing gullible public by false claims & visious bolshevik propaganda. Have roots in failed Meretz, various socialist, marxist & leftist ideologies. Policies & activities supported by leftist bureaucrats of U.S. State Dept., incl. clintons, indyk & other Oslo War criminals, guilty of appeasing arab terrorism & murders of over 1000 israelis (2000-2011). Irresponsible outfit never took any accountability... instead, continues criminal activities to arm & instigate terrorists for more murders!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

It seems the New Israel Fund wants a No Israel The words are sweet, but the money is directed to dismantle the Jewish State.

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 0

New Israel FUND (NIF) tries, and usually is successful, to have a humanistic/philantropic image. But their activity suffers from a radical left universalistic motive, which contradicts the will of the majority of the citizens, and the recognized purpose of the state of Israel. NIF consistently supports the evil radical nationalistic Arab attempts againt the state of Israel and against Jewish people, both as a group and as individuals. Recently it has been exposed that most of the arguments raised by the unfair and misleading Goldstone's report, came conciously and directly from organizations which are supported by NIF. Already in the ninetties I had become familiar with the bad direction of NIF. I was a volunteer in Neemnei Tora VaAvoda, a modern moderate religious, and non-political movement. For a single year this movement succeeded to get a small budget from NIF. Accordingly I attended in a meeting of all organization supported by NIF, and was shocked to realize there who are our colleagues. It seems that NIF also realized that Neemnei is not the one to contribute to the undermining attemts of NIF, So NIF didn't renew the funding for Neemnei. The misleading nature of NIF is perhaps demonstrated also by its name. The title New Israel Fund might be understood that the existing state of Israel is not good enough, and should be transformed or replaced by a totally other political entity, New Israel. This possible interpretation is hidden from the Israelis, because in Hebrew the name is the translation of New Fund for israel.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

This fund strengthens the enemies of the Jewish poeple. In 2008, NIF distributed over $20 million to over 300 NGOs in Israel. Approximately 20% goes to NGOs that engage in political activities related to the Arab-Israeli conflict, including some that reject the legitimacy of Israel as Jewish democratic state, and are active in boycott and similar campaigns.

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Donor

Rating: 5

From 1987 - 1999 I lived in Israel. I was teaching violin in a Suzuki program for mostly small children, where the parents are involved too. We worked with Arabic and Jewish families in Ma'alot - Tarshiha and other villages. Many contacts and some friendships were formed. At that time NIF supported us. That is how I got interested. I have supported NIF ever since. In my opinion it is an excellent organization, and very necessary, today more than ever.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

It is only through the efforts of such groups as the New Israel Fund, that Israel as a Jewish home land has a chance to survive. I know of their activities though a discussions with one of their employees, and feel that they are working for the best possible out come for both the Jews and Palestinians.