[This article is part of an overview on Philanthropy in Israel today.]
by Frayda Leibtag
In the first half of the twentieth century, before Israel was home to philanthropists and a plethora of nonprofit organizations, halutzim, pioneers, were the ultimate representation of commitment to the State of Israel. With blood, sweat and tears, they did the arduous and grimy work of building a state by ploughing fields, drying swamps and defending outposts. This Israeli ideal of getting involved on the front lines in a very hands-on way persists in the way that Israeli corporations are choosing to give back to society. Israeli companies are not just writing checks. They are inviting students into their offices and factories, volunteering in fields and classrooms and working to create a better future for Israel.