Advancing Equality for All Israelis
The New Israel Fund (NIF) helps Israel live up to its founder's vision of a state that ensures complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants. Our aim is to advance liberal democracy, including freedom of speech and minority rights, and to fight inequality, injustice, and extremism that diminish Israel.
From Israel’s first rape crisis centers, to the passage of the law banning torture in civilian interrogations, NIF- funded organizations have driven positive social change and furthered justice and equality. Widely credited with building Israeli progressive civil society, we have provided over $250 million to more than 850 organizations since our inception in 1979. And we are more than a funder; NIF is at philanthropy’s cutting edge thanks in large part to our action arm Shatil, the New Israel Fund Initiative for Social Change. Today, NIF is a leading advocate for democratic values, builds coalitions, empowers activists and often takes the initiative in setting the public agenda.
NIF is based on a simple idea: individuals who care about Israel and believe in progressive values can join together to work for an Israel in which everyone is treated with dignity, for an Israel in which a shared society can truly take root, for an Israel in which Jewish life is inclusive in every respect. NIF supporters love Israel and help correct its flaws.
The New Israel Fund’s founders wanted to connect with Israel in a way that reflected their progressive values, and thousands of Israelis and supporters of Israel worldwide have joined with us for that reason. We believe in an Israel where the Jewish people achieve self-determination in their homeland and where everyone participates in a shared and just society, predicated on the best values of Judaism, humanism and liberal democracy. Our ideals are equality, tolerance and social justice.
NIF is a unique partnership of North Americans, Israelis, Europeans, and Australians. Our Board of Directors, International Council members, and staff use their experience in public service, law, academia, and business to develop commonsense solutions to Israel’s most pressing issues.
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NIF's guidelines are designed to inform its grant-making, capacity-building and project decisions. These highlight three principles: respect for a multiplicity of viewpoints; transparency to grantees, donors and the public at large and compliance with standards of accountability and due diligence.
For nearly four decades, we’ve worked to make Israel a more equal, more democratic society.
Is NIF a peace group? What are our funding priorities? What is the difference between NIF and other Jewish philanthropies? Read the FAQ for answers to these questions and more.
The New Israel Fund has active regions across the United States and the world.
NIF is a principled organization. Our policies help ensure that the work we support furthers the values we cherish.