Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the New Israel Fund of Canada?
2. What has NIFC accomplished since it was established in 1985?
3. How do NIFC and NIF work together?
4. What is the difference between NIFC and other philanthropies?
5. How does NIFC operate?
6. Is NIFC a “peace group”?
7. How is NIFC governed, and how does its process work?
8. Does NIFC do any work in Canada?
9. How does NIFC raise its Annual Budget?
10. What is SHATIL?
11. What is your Charitable Tax Number and name?

What is the New Israel Fund of Canada?

The New Israel Fund of Canada was founded almost 30 years ago to actualize the vision of Israel’s Founders, that of a Jewish and democratic state that, in the words of the Declaration of Independence, “ensures complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex.”

Through our projects with organizations that comprise Israel’s progressive civil society, we are the nation’s leading organization advancing democracy and equality in Israel.

Our projects stress a grassroots approach to empowering and educating some of Israel’s most disadvantaged groups such as single parents, new immigrants, Israeli Arabs, the elderly, Bedouin, and disabled Israelis.

NIFC, along with its partner, NIF, has contributed more than $200 million to more than 800 organizations. NIFC is at philanthropy’s cutting edge. We provide hundreds of non-profit organizations with leadership training, consulting, workshops in organizational development, coalition building, conflict management, media and public relations, needs assessment, resource development and volunteer management.

New Israel Fund of Canada hosts frequent educational events nationwide, bringing inspiring and engaging speakers to the Canadian community. Offering an on-the-ground perspective, these events help to educate Canadians about the impact of social change in Israel.

What has NIFC accomplished since it was established in 1985?

NIFC has been an agent of Israel’s most significant social change since its founding in 1985. We have worked on Israel’s most pressing issues that have improved the lives of tens of thousands of Israelis. We have opened doors to women, non-Orthodox Jews, Arab-Israeli citizens, the LBGTQ community, immigrants and the disabled.

Working at the cutting edge of sometimes contentious social problems, we have placed previously neglected issues on the public agenda and changed the consensus on some of Israel’s most difficult social issues.

Almost thirty years ago, Israel’s NGO sector consisted of small groups that were mostly partisan and allied with political parties, and charitable organizations dominated by traditional, culture, education and many religious institutions. Today, there are more than 27,000 such groups, many of which are helped each year by the New Israel Fund of Canada.

NIFC has also influenced the practice of other philanthropies, resulting in additional supporting areas such as the rights of Arab citizens, environmental justice, women’s rights and more. The New Israel Fund of Canada has nurtured many of Israel’s best-known and most effective NGOs, including:

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel;
Human Rights Center for People with Disabilities;
Kolech: Religious Women’s Forum;
Tebeka: Legal Center for Ethiopian Immigrants;
Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ);
• and many more.

How do NIFC and NIF work together?

New Israel Fund of Canada is proud to be a part of the international New Israel Fund family. Working side-by-side for almost 30 years, NIFC shares the values and principles of NIF as we pursue a more equal and just Israel.

NIFC is an independent Canadian corporation governed by a Board of Directors. We are financially independent from others in the NIF family. All projects and initiatives are approved by the NIFC Board. New Israel Fund in Israel acts as our agent on the ground, monitoring the progress of our projects and initiatives.

What is the difference between NIFC and other philanthropies?

NIFC’s partnership, priorities and accountability set it apart from other fundraising organizations. We are a unique hands-on international partnership between Israelis and Canadians. Rather than provide direct social services to Israel’s disadvantaged sectors, NIFC empowers and educates marginalized Israelis to organize and speak for themselves and achieve recognition and results in the corridors of power.

Investing in the New Israel Fund of Canada means investing in a specific vision of Israel. Our unshakable dedication to democratic values and to equality and justice for every Israeli provides a values-driven measurement of success.

The NIFC family is responsible for significant advances in human rights, social justice and religious pluralism. From small, community-based groups to Israel’s most influential human rights organizations, NIFC’s support in training and leadership have made the difference in building the Israel we know to be possible.

How does NIFC operate?

The New Israel Fund of Canada is a Registered Canadian Charitable Organization. NIFC uses rigorous guidelines in selecting our projects. We evaluate our projects diligently and frequently, in compliance with Canada Revenue Agency guidelines.

NIFC works with organizations that share our fundamental values- justice and equality for every Israeli, as well as freedom of speech, conscience and dissent. In addition to organizational effectiveness, NIFC partner organizations must meet the following standards:

• Legal status as an Israeli “amuta”- a registered NGO meeting the legal requirements of the Israeli government.
• Respect and support for the democratic nature of the State of Israel.
• Refrain from partisan political activity.
• Refrain from advocating violence or the destruction of the State of Israel.
• Refrain from using racist or derogatory language or designations about any group based on their religion, race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation.
Compliant with charitable law in Canada, NIFC does not support advocacy or lobbying in Israel.

Is NIFC a “peace group?”

The New Israel Fund of Canada does not lobby or advocate in Israel or Canada. NIFC is not a “peace” organization in that we do not involve ourselves in the specifics of the ongoing peace process. Since our inception, the New Israel Fund of Canada has believed that only a just and equitable society can make peace with its neighbours. NIFC only funds projects implemented within Israel’s Green Line (refers to the demarcation lines set out in the 1949 Armistice Agreements and marksthe line between Israel and the territories secured in the Six-Day War).

How is NIFC governed, and how does its process work?

NIFC is governed by a Board of Directors. Canadian board members and non-members sit on the NIF International Council, representing different points of view within our common values. NIFC is managed by an Executive Director.

Our process begins in Israel where the NIF office accepts applications that are reviewed by staff, then by the relevant sub-Committees. These and other Board Committees are composed of members of the NIF International Board, members of an International Advisory Committee, and other non-board members who have a familiarity with the Israeli non-profit sector and are experts in NIF issue areas.

The funding Committees make detailed recommendations to the Board, which then considers which projects to approve. NIFC then selects the projects that its annual budget will fund. They are then selectively approved by the NIFC Board of Directors. NIFC consistently monitors the use of funds in organizations’ activities to ensure that funds are being utilized effectively, efficiently, and for the purpose for which the project was approved. Partner organizations include grassroots community-based NGOs as well as regional and national professional organizations, and cover a diverse range of issues assisting all sectors of Israeli society.

NIFC publicizes its activities in our annual report and on our website.

Does NIFC do any work in Canada?

New Israel Fund of Canada hosts frequent educational events nationwide, bringing inspiring, and engaging speakers to the Canadian community. Offering an on-the-ground perspective, these events help to educate Canadians about the challenges Israel faces. In addition, NIFC creates innovative programming for New Generations Canada, a thriving community of young professionals, social activists, and community leaders under 40.

How does NIFC raise its annual budget?

100% of NIFC’s annual budget relies on individual and institutional contributions.

What is SHATIL?

NIFC is at philanthropy’s cutting edge in large part because of SHATIL, New Israel Fund’s Initiative for Social Change (formerly known as NIF’s Training and Empowerment Center for Social Change Organizations). Founded in 1982 to complement NIF, SHATIL’s mission is to provide organizations with hands-on assistance and training in the basics of non-profit management.

As a capacity-building center for grassroots organizations, SHATIL provides tools that empower its clients to improve their lives and communities and build effective, innovative institutions. Widely regarded as one of the world’s most successful capacity building centers, SHATIL regularly originates, discovers and disseminates best practices to Israel’s growing NGO sector. More than 1000 organizations are currently receiving assistance from SHATIL.

Now officially recognized by the United Nations, SHATIL has evolved, launching forward-thinking programs, building coalitions, and working at the forefront of progressive movements in Israel.
With more than 100 ethnically diverse professionals working in Jerusalem, Haifa, Be’er Sheva, Lod and the “Triangle” (a concentration of Israeli Arab towns and villages north of the West Bank), SHATIL embodies a bottom-up, community organizing approach, reaching out to constituencies on the economic and geographic periphery, helping them create and run their own programs when existing institutions fail to act, and maximizing their strength by building coalitions among them.

What is your Charitable Tax Number and name?

13007 0626 RR0001
The New Israel Fund of Canada Canadian Charitable Trust

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