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For more than 25 years, the principal goal of the Foundation's philanthropy in Israel has been building a shared society that welcomes the full and equal participation of both Jewish and Arab citizens—as envisioned by The Declaration of Establishment of the State of Israel:

"THE STATE OF ISRAEL will be open for Jewish immigration and for the Ingathering of the Exiles; it will foster the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants; it will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex; it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture; it will safeguard the Holy Places of all religions; and it will be faithful to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations."

In choosing this focus, the Foundation is guided by the official public position of the Government of Israel:

"The Arab sector: The committee determined that this is the most sensitive and important domestic issue facing Israel today. As such, it requires the personal involvement and leadership of the prime minister. The committee determined that the issue has been neglected for many years, and demanded that immediate, medium term, and long-term action be taken. The committee determined that action must be focused on giving true equality to the country's Arab citizens. Israel's Arab citizens have the right to equality because of the essence of the State of Israel as a democracy, and because it is a basic right of every citizen. The state must work to wipe out the stain of discrimination against its Arab citizens, in its various forms and expressions."

English Translation Published by Ha'aretz 2 September 2003

Within the overall context of building shared society, the Foundation specifically focuses most of its time, effort and financial resources on the development of integrated, bilingual public education for Jewish and Arab children in Israel. The Foundation's most important single grantee in this effort is Hand in Hand: Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel The Foundation also provides funding to a number of other organizations that support this goal, both directly and indirectly.


The Nazareth Nurseries Institute (NNI) is a non-profit voluntary women's organization. The NNI was established in 1984, by a group of Palestinian women citizens of Israel. This group has been working to develop support systems for women and to empower women in the Palestinian society in Israel. By providing these women with alternatives, it enables them to develop their capacities in society. The NNI consitutes two entities - the Nazareth Nursery established in 1984 and Al-Tufula Center established in 1989

Alliance for Middle East Peace
The Alliance for Middle East Peace is a coalition of non-governmental organizations that promote people-to-people coexistence and reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians, Arabs and Jews in the Middle East.

Americans for Peace Now
Americans for Peace Now works to focus the international community’s attention on the issue of settlements in Israel; educates the American Jewish community, Capitol Hill, the Administration, students, and reporters on the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; and promotes positive Congressional and Administrative positions of the peace process.

Centre for Educational Technology
The Center for Educational Technology (CET) is an NGO dedicated to the advancement of the education in the 21st Century.

Educating for Excellence (College for All)
Educating for Excellence strives to strengthen Israeli society by reducing social gaps and creating equal opportunities for children with potential for excellence who reside within Israel’s social and geographic periphery.

Givat Haviva Center for Shared Society
Givat Haviva Center for Shared Society works to empower the Arab minority as a key to creating a more peaceful and tolerant society and brings Arab and Jewish youth together for co-existence programs.

Hagar: Jewish-Arab Education for Equality
HAGAR: Jewish-Arab Education for Equality is a spring-board for social change through its bilingual, multicultural school and community programming. Hagar advances relationships between Arabs and Jews for children- who study and learn together and parents who seek to optimize their children’s educational opportunity and to create a peaceful future.

Hand in Hand: Centers for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel
Hand in Hand operates five integrated, bilingual, multicultural Jewish-Arab schools for Jewish, Muslim and Christian children in grades pre-K through high school, with the vision of creating a new model of integrated education.

INJAZ - Center for Professional Arab Local Governance in Israel
INJAZ advances institutional structures and platforms that can effectively define and express the interests of the Arab municipalities in Israel.

Inter-Agency Task Force on Arab-Israeli Issues
Inter-Agency Task Force on Arab-Israeli Issues works to inform the American Jewish community on majority/minority relations in Israel and increase awareness of economic, educational and social service weaknesses facing Israeli Arab communities.

Israel Policy Forum
Israel Policy Forum works to shape the discourse and mobilize support among American Jewish leaders and U.S. policymakers for the realization of a viable two-state solution.

Israel Religious Action Center
The Israel Religious Action Center strives to advance religious freedom and pluralism, tolerance, social justice and civil liberties in Israel.

J Street Education Fund, Inc.
J Street was founded to promote meaningful American leadership to end the Arab-Israeli and Israeli-Palestinian conflicts peacefully and diplomatically. It supports a new direction for American policy in the Middle East and a broad public and policy debate about the U.S. role in the region.

Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee
The Foundation and the Federation support Shonim B’yachad, an educational and artistic program in which children create creative pieces of artwork centered on the topic of accepting the other, equality, and tolerance.

Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam: Oasis of Peace
Neve Shalom Wahat al-Salam runs an educational framework that today includes nursery level (depending on yearly demand), kindergarten, and primary school for approximately 240 Jewish and Arab children.

New Israel Fund
New Israel Fund is the leading organization committed to equality and democracy for all Israelis.

Peace by Tourism
The Foundation supports scholarships for Arab students to attend a culinary school for Arab and Jewish students in Haifa.

PeacePlayers International
PeacePlayers International engenders meaningful interaction between Arab and Jewish children in Israel and the West Bank through joint basketball activities and life skills sessions which take place regularly throughout the entire school year.

Sikkuy: The Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality
Sikkuy is a Jewish-Arab advocacy organization dedicated to advancing Civic Equality between Jewish and Palestinian-Arab citizens of Israel.

Social Venture Fund for Jewish-Arab Equality and Shared Society
The Social Venture Fund for Jewish-Arab Equality and Shared Society works to leverage the collective resources of members and stakeholders by funding initiatives in Israel that: build mutual respect and understanding between Jewish and Arab citizens; increase opportunities for Israel’s Arab citizens to share equally in the social, educational, and economic life of the country; and promote structural and institutional reforms that support the vision of Israel as a shared society that benefits all of its citizens.

Tag Meir
Tag Meir resolves to connect different groups in Israeli society in the battle to eradicate racism and violence in Israel.

The Abraham Fund Initiatives
The Abraham Fund Initiatives works to advance coexistence, equality and cooperation among Israel’s Jewish and Arab citizens by creating and operating large-scale initiatives, cultivating strategic grassroots projects and conducting public education and advocacy that promote its vision of shared citizenship and opportunity for all of Israel’s citizens.

Yesh Din - Volunteers for Human Rights
Yesh Din is an all volunteer organization that works to bring about meaningful change and concrete improvement in the human rights situation and law enforcement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

NNCF only makes grants to pre-selected organizations.

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