2015 was a watershed year for the New Israel Fund Australia Foundation. Since our establishment in 2011, we have raised more than $2 million to fund grassroots human rights and social justice organisations in Israel. We have also had a number of very successful public events that have provoked progressive conversations about peace and security in Israel. The NIF has become the leading global organisation advancing democracy and equality in Israel and our work in Australia is making an important contribution to this endeavour.
In 2015 we launched our Naomi Chazan Fellowship, which empowers the next generation of leaders to take active roles in community conversations about Israel, and also hosted our co-patron, Ambassador Martin Indyk, in Sydney where he spoke to more than 300 people at a community event. Despite the difficult political environment in Israel, our grantees are working harder than ever to promote social equality and inclusion, to protect vital democratic infrastructure, and to ensure Jews and Arabs continue to work together.
An increase of 13% on last year, NIF’s total fundraising has grown 3x since 2012. In 2016, we are on track to have raised more than $2 million in just five years.1
Impact in Israel
The core of our work, funding civil society in Israel, has never been stronger. Our contribution to Israel has grown more than 130% in the last four years, ensuring a sizeable impact on Israeli society.2
Effectively Delivering Impact
Our use of donor funds is extremely efficient – and we are grateful to have two generous donors covering our local costs to ensure maximum impact in Israel for our other donors.
More people attended NIF events than any other year – we brought in people to watch films, learn from military experts, and be part of new conversations about Israel.
Our donor reach also continues to grow strongly, with more than 100 individuals making a donation to NIF Australia for the third year in a row.
In 2015, the reach of our Facebook page grew 33%, and we had more than 10,000 views of our videos. We have developed one of the strongest online Zionist communities in Australia.
We supported to work of a range of civil society organisations in Israel, including the Negev Coexistence Fund, which brings Jews and Palestinians together in southern Israel, Women of the Wall, and anti-racism group Tag Meir (‘Light Tag’).
NIF’s work with the Ethiopian, Mizrahi and Palestinian communities in Israel is particularly important with the rise in racism and discrimination. Organisations like Noar Kahalacha ensure there is no ethnic discrimination in Ultra-Orthodox schools, while Tebeka opened a hotline for Ethiopian Israelis to report incidents of police violence and to help protesters secure legal representation.
The Shatil-led Education for Shared Society Forum launched an Internet platform called Learning To Live Together, a resource for schools to help them include materials promoting coexistence, and joint Jewish-Arab activities inside Israel.
NIF collaborated in the production of the groundbreaking TV documentary “Magash Hakesef” (Silver Platter) about socio-economic issues in Israel. It was among the most popular shows of 2015, sparking conversations about inequality and distributive justice in Israel.
Following a petition from our grantee Ir Amim, the Jerusalem District Court ordered the government to take care of roads and infrastructure for the 60,000 residents of the Kafr Akeb neighbourhood in East Jerusalem, which is located beyond the separation barrier.
Research by the NIF’s Kick It Out program, which is funded by the Israeli and European soccer associations, has revealed a marked drop in racism at Israel Premier League soccer matches. Indeed, at an October match, two top teams, Hapoel Haifa and B’nei Sakhnin marched on to the field together with a banner “We Refuse To Be Enemies!”
In late 2015, our partners in the human rights community came under sustained attack. We were there, standing side-by-side with them, because it is their voices that legitimise Israel as a democracy; they are what make Israel strong.
Thanks to the work of Shatil-led Forum for Public House, the government’s coalition agreement contains a clear commitment to invest in more public housing for the the country’s poorest.
A number of NIF grantees led the opposition to the government’s Anti-Infiltration Law, which allowed for the 20-month mandatory detention of asylum seekers. For the third time, the law was struck down by the High Court as unconstitutional.
|Donations – Fellowship||$34,500||n/a|
|Grants to Israel||$196,290||$205,605|
|Education and engagement||$96,671||$56,966|
|Naomi Chazan Fellowship||$34,637||n/a|
|Administration, audit and legal, and other expenses||$14,395||$15,125|
The figures in this financial statement do not include funds remitted directly to the New Israel Fund in Israel, the United States or United Kingdom. The graphs above do include those figures – $197,750 in 2015. These funds are spent on NIF grants in Israel.
The figures in the graphs above include funds remitted directly to NIF in Israel, the US and UK.
We continue to be grateful to two generous donors who cover most of our local costs.