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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.


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.

Blue White Future
Blue White Future aims at enhancing and making visible the Israeli public's support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in order to preserve Israel's character as a Jewish and democratic state. is a co-existence public campaign.

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.

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.

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

Israel Tennis Centers Foundation
Through the discipline of tennis the Israel Tennis Centers strive to improve the lives of children in one of the most conflicted regions of the world. By teaching the life skills of self-reliance, perseverance and focus, the ITC fosters sustainable values of self-esteem, character and tolerance, creating a positive imprint on the children, their families, the communities and the world for generations to come.

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.

Jerusalem International YMCA
The Jerusalem International YMCA actively strives to foster interfaith, interracial and intergroup understanding through a variety of programs for youth and adults.

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.

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.

Richmond Ballet
The Richmond Ballet's Minds in Motion Israel residency brings together Arab and Jewish students for a shared experience of dance and performance.

Ruach Tova
Ruach Tova, part of the Ted Arison Family Foundation, is a prominent platform for raising broad public awareness in Israel about the importance of taking personal, social, environmental and communal responsibility for shaping a better shared future for all citizens of Israel.

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.

Stand With Us
StandWithUs is an international, non-profit Israel education organization.

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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