The New Israel Fund Australia Foundation raises funds to empower Israeli civil society through the New Israel Fund. Founded in 1979, NIF is a partnership between Israelis and the Diaspora, and is the leading organisation committed to equality and democracy for all Israelis.
In Israel, NIF is widely credited with building Israel’s progressive civil society from scratch, and has provided over $200 million to more than 800 cutting-edge organisations over the last three decades.
NIF strengthens organisations and leaders that work to achieve equality for all the citizens of the state; realise the civil and human rights of all, including Palestinian citizens of Israel; recognise and reinforce the essential pluralism of Israeli society; and empower groups on the economic margins of Israeli society.
NIF is more than a funder; it is at philanthropy’s cutting edge thanks in large part to Shatil, the New Israel Fund Initiative for Social Change. Shatil provides NIF grantees and other social change organisations with hands-on assistance, including training, resources and workshops on various aspects of non-profit management. Today, NIF/Shatil is a leading advocate for democratic values, builds coalitions, empowers activists and often takes the initiative in setting the public agenda.
NIF Australia focuses on the following areas:
- Human and civil rights
- Women's issues
- Religious pluralism and tolerance