About Us

NIF is the leading organisation advancing democracy and equality for all Israelis, based on the vision of Israel’s founders.

From Israel’s first rape crisis centres, to the passage of the law banning torture in civilian interrogations, NIF- funded organisations have driven positive social change and furthered justice and equality for over 30 years. Widely credited with building Israeli progressive civil society, we have provided over $250 million to more than 850 organisations since our inception in 1979.

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 builds coalitions, is a leading advocate for democratic values, 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.

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