“Philanthropy as Social Investment” – conference at the Institute for Law and Philanthropy

We were happy to participate at the at TAU (ILP).
According to Dafna Meitar Nechmad founder of ILP and a member of Committed to Give “We can do Philanthropy alone, however it is much more effective to do it together”. Noam Lautman, a member of Committed to Give added that partnerships help to make the whole greater than its parts and enable leveraging of social investments 20 times a single philanthropic foundation.
The conference presented trends, aspects and recent studies on social giving today while observing Israeli philanthropy. Including the necessity of establishing a database of Israeli philanthropy and regulatory aspects such as tax policy for social investment.

“A billion Chinese are not wrong “, Israel-China relations, chance or mistake?

A joint members event for JFN Israel and Committed to Give – two fascinating presentations: Adam Roiter PhD, founder and owner of Financial Immunities Ltd. and Eyal Levinter, Chief Editor, Epoch Times Israel about the Israel- Chins business relations and where does it meet each and every one of us.

 

How to Take Israeli Philanthropy to the Next Level?

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By Shula Mozes

The trend of Israeli philanthropy has gained significant momentum in recent years and has seen an emerging culture toward giving within Israel, far greater than what is commonly thought. Many have the perception that Israelis don’t engage in charitable giving for a variety of reasons, however, the trend has grown at a rate of 10% annually, with as much as 50% of all philanthropic activity in Israel – around $4 billion – provided by Israelis.  Continue Reading →

 

 

Stormy weather outside – warm inside: In a wintry moving morning, we gathered together, the members of Committed to Give and the members of Epoch Times Israel community in an event titled “Think Change” to discuss private giving and social doing, making a difference and creating change in Israeli society

Philanthropy in Israel – 2015, By Avi Naor

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The announcement by Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan that they will donate 99 percent of their Facebook shares, whose current value is estimated at around $45 billion, is both exciting and inspiring, a demonstration of genuine leadership and social responsibility.

In Israel, alongside highly positive reactions, an announcement of this kind – such as previous announcements by Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Larry Ellison and others – also arouses thoughts and contemplation as to where this leaves us, Israeli society. When will an Israeli entrepreneur come out with a similar declaration that will give us a feeling of pride?

A comparison is indeed appropriate between our culture of giving and that which is customary in other Western societies, a culture characterized not only by the volume of giving, but also how it is managed, its aims, and so on.

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Eilon Tirosh receiving the 2014 Midot Award for Effective Social Investor

Our congratulations to Eilon Tirosh, a member of Committed to Give for receiving the  2014 Midot Award for Effective Social Investor. According to the committee headed by former Chief Supreme Court Justice Meir Shamgar, Eilon received the award for his success in promoting significant change in Israeli society by narrowing social gaps, fostering equal opportunities and excellence, and for being an inspiring role model of leadership and social responsibility for the character and future of Israeli society.

Raia Strauss Ben Dror and Avi Naor at “Think for a Change”, an event organized by Epoch Times Israel magazine

Raia Strauss Ben Dror and Avi Naor, members of Committed to Give, were invited to speak at “Think for a Change”, an event organized by Epoch Times Israel magazine. It was a captivating evening, during which speakers from different fields shared with the audience defining moments in their lives, which lead to change. Raya and Avi spoke about their definition of giving and social activism that generates change, and how those have affected their lives.

Rothschild Ambassadors organization – final event

The Rothschild Ambassadors organization focuses on developing students’ personal and social excellence, in order to help them fulfill their personal, academic and professional potential, while maintaining their commitment and professional social activism. We were delighted to take part in their major final event which took place on June 16th in Or Akiva. About 400 ambassadors attended this emotive event, which included a review of the past year and meetings with representatives of many non-profits. Our Committed to Give representatives in the event had the opportunity to speak with the ambassadors about Israeli philanthropy and private giving. Shuki Erlich, chairman, presented data about Israeli philanthropy, and later sat in a panel with Noam Lautman, and Eilon Tirosh. We were pleased to see the audience’s interest in the issue and answer the excellent questions asked by the Ambassadors.

Overcoming the Barriers for Israel Philanthropy

Private giving in Israel is still far from being a significant factor in social change. Still, things are rapidly changing and here are some recent stats that every organization should take notice of.

One of the major new directions in social funding is the formation of long-term partnerships between non-profits that aim to tackle a certain social issue and donors that seek to alleviate problems.

Historically, here in Israel we construct such partnerships, with Jews all over the world. When thinking of big foundations, the U.S. and Europe immediately spring to mind, and touring the Jewish diaspora in order to fundraise among wealthy Jews is common practice. Virtually every organization in Israel has learnt to understand the wishes and the approach of their overseas partners and throughout the years, this has set in motion significant changes in Israeli society.

However, the Jewish world is changing and does not quite see Israel as its poor relation in need of help, the way it used to. They invest more money in strengthening their local communities and eventually less money is being allocated to projects in Israel.

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The Power of the Collective: Israeli Philanthropists Joining Forces

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“I think that tackling any major issue of social change in Israel
must involve and often be led by Israeli leadership”
Julie Sandorf, President, Revson Foundation

When Israeli philanthropists initially entered the world of giving, their instinct to create an organization of their own brought about the “MONGO” (my own NGO) trend, with Israeli givers adding their own organizations to the multitude of Israeli nonprofits. Yet, as Israeli donors gain experience, many realize that going it alone and creating something new is not always the best path. Funders who have encouraged the NGOs they support to join forces are now taking their own advice to heart, serving as role models in the not-for-profit world by championing the concept of collaboration. Continue Reading

Worth more than money – Amuta21C

At the Amuta21C conference held on the 24th of June 2014, targeting managers of the third sector of the economy and society – two panels were staged exploring the complex relationships between charities and donors. Continue Reading

Striking the Balance

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By Shuki Erlich & Maya Edut Lapid

For many years Israel was rightly accused of receiving donations from abroad but not giving. This picture has changed drastically, especially in the last decade, and today philanthropy in Israel is beginning to thrive. Israeli donors are taking responsibility and becoming involved in promoting social change.

While American Jews and Israelis share the goal of strategic and effective giving that creates lasting and meaningful change, there are significant differences in the perspectives and characteristics of each culture, as well as in the practices that can enhance and advance philanthropy in Israel and the U.S. alike. Continue Reading

On Public Giving and Inspiring Lives of Volunteerism

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By Merav Mandelbaum

I still remember my first donation to a nonprofit organization.

I had been a volunteer at the Reuth Medical Center, the largest rehabilitation and chronic care facility in Tel Aviv, for ten years. Every week, I sat at the bedsides of numerous chronically ill patients, many of them Holocaust survivors, keeping them company and doing what I could to ease their pain. Continue Reading

The Power to Change

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By Shira Ruderman

Philanthropy is intertwined with the culture and transformations Israel has undergone. Thirty years ago, Israel was almost purely a welfare state. Today, with a strong economy, changing the philanthropic landscape is necessary and we are working to create a different future for the next generation of funders. Continue Reading

CBS Media Release

CBS LogoThis is the official statement from the Central Bureau of Statistics regarding the state of philanthropy in Israel –

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March 4th Media Release

Committed To Give‘s commentary regarding the CBS survey –

The Committed to Give initiative is a group of private Israeli donors, acting together to encourage philanthropy among wealthy Israelis and influence them into donating from their personal fortunes to social causes.

The ‘third sector’ in Israel thirsts for independent financial resources unfettered from governmental sources to develop innovative services and provide a swift and flexible response to societal needs.

Private philanthropy is of national importance to facilitate undertakings, promote initiatives and development to drive social change.

Committed to Give instigated, in conjunction with the Central Bureau of Statistics, a survey to collate reliable data on the extent and character of philanthropy in Israel. The survey, the first of its kind, measured and investigated financial trends of philanthropy in Israel.

We were delighted to identify from the results of the survey, which provided an initial assessment of the Israeli philanthropy scene, that there is an upward growing trend with a 21% increase in donations between the years 2009 to 2011.

Notwithstanding these findings, we recognize that more effort is required among Israeli high net-worth individuals, which is aligned with the goals that the Committed to Give initiative has set for itself – to encourage and significantly increase strategic private philanthropy within this population.

The Committed to Give group believes that by changing the culture of giving – it will be possible to increase the scope of significant donations and over time benefit the ‘third sector’ which fulfills a vital function in Israeli society.