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New Israel Fund

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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.

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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I attended the second NIF Womens tour (ages ago) and recommend their tours to anyone who has been to Israel but would like a different take on the country. NIF does important work in making a wonderful place better.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been active in the Jewish community and a donor to New Israel Fund for many years. The longer the association the more I grasp the extent to which the NIF supports civil society in Israel - enabling it to grow and flourish in a way that would not have been possible without its support. I am more and more impressed with the breadth of their involvement across Israeli society.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I attneded JStreet and was struck by how perceptive and principled the NIF folks were. I applaud the organization for hiring Daniel Sokatch as CEO and recognizing such a talent, despite controversy. I have also been impressed by their Love, Hate, and Jewish State programs, the breadth of organizations they support, and there willingness to reconsider their tactics to have the greatestg effect.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with New Israel Fund for over 15 years as a volunteer and have donated over $20,000 of my hard-earned money to it. I do this because New Israel Fund is doing such important work in strengthening Israel's nonprofits so that they can continue to promote equality, religious pluralism, reduction of social and economic gaps and environmental stewardship.

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Donor

Rating: 4

I lived in Israel for five months as an exchange professor at Haifa University. In that time I became aware of the social problems that have been largely ignored by the government, no matter which party is in power. NIF has targeted these problems deliberately, with great energy and with increasing success. For that reason I gave to NIF one tenth of my wealth, not much, but as a sign of my faith in its mission and my support for its methods. To my knowledge, no other non-profit does as much to create a just and free society in Israel.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The New Israel Fund is an amazing non-profit which has made a key contribution to civil rights and economic justice and demonstrates a clear commitment to peace which is backed up by a powerful vision. It is a voice of sanity that gives me hope for a better future.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The New Israel is far and aawy the best and most important non-profit organization in the Jewish community. For all the money that America gives to Israel's defense, not one penny of it creates a better Israeli society like the New Israel Fund does. I have been a donor since NIF's inception in 1979 and have experienced first hand the amazing work that is done in civil rights, economic justice, and Israeli's relationship with the Bedouin, Israeli Arab, and Palestinian communities. If there is a better non-profit in the Jewish community, I haven't found it.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor to New Israel Fund since 1991. What I like best is their ability to involve me in Istaeli social issues through many compelling speakers. I've heard people who work on the front lines in rape crisis centers, social services for immigrants and for Israeli Arabs; I've heard opposing viewpoints and in-depth discussions. The varied voices and narratives make each issue so real -- much more than statistics, although NIF provides those as well. I feel that my contributions make a real difference and that the need is almost infinite.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have participated with New Israel Fund since its inception. I was in Israel just after the founding, visiting the Haifa women's shelter for abused women. They had no money to pay their rent. When I contacted NIF on my return they investigated the shelter and soon were supporters. On my most recent trip to Israel with NIF I visited many organizations working with abused women and realize how responsive they are to the needs of voiceless, disempowered groups--turning them into a place of empowerment and giving voice to the silent.

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Donor

Rating: 5

New Israel Fund is devoted to helping all sides in the Middle East achieve peace and development through education, mutual acceptance and social improvement without a political agenda. Through addressing actual social needs it creates a better society for everyone in the Middle East.