The Power to Change



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

What Do a Wake-Up Call, a Reporter and the Next Generation Have in Common?


-or- Israeli Philanthropy from the Perspective of an Israeli Philanthropist

By Avi Naor

A conversation I had with an American colleague, a board member and donor for one of Israel’s leading cultural institutions, made me realize the dialogue between the Israeli- and non-Israeli philanthropists and activists was at a critical crossroad: She told me she wants to discontinue her involvement in Israel because, once again, she found herself on a board that included no Israeli donors. “Where are the affluent Israelis, and why don’t they match our contributions,” she asked me indignantly.

For me, that encounter was the final straw. Continue Reading

Shuki Ehrlich – excerpts from presentation at the JFN 2014 conference


I would like to share with you three major – even dramatic – achievements in the Israeli philanthropy scene, over the last few years:

  1. Significant increase in the amount of private donations and in the number of private donors;
  2. Private donors have become more professional and willing to provide meaningful long-term commitments;
  3. Donors have become more involved in leading social change and in developing the strategy to promote it.

There are many examples of innovative social initiatives that have successfully created change and generated nation-wide impact on Israel’s society. Continue Reading

CBS Media Release

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


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.

Israel Philanthropy Survey and Database

Israel’s first-ever philanthropy database covering information on philanthropic sources, scope of giving, and causes. 

Committed to Give initiated and then partnered with Yad Hanadiv to collaborate with Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) to conduct a survey on private philanthropy in Israel to create a bi-annual database to measure philanthropic giving and to monitor changes and trends in the field.  The CBS sampled NGOs regarding their sources of income from overseas and from Israeli sources.

According to the Survey, the total donations in 2011 to NGOs in Israel were NIS 16 billion, of which NIS 8 billion came from abroad and NIS 8 billion Continue Reading