New $1.5 Mil Initiative for the Environment in Israel

logo-environmentThe Jewish Funders Network is announcing today a $750,000 pool of funds to match first-time major gifts by JFN members to Israeli non-profit environmental organizations. The Jewish Funders Network/Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund Matching Grant Initiative for the Environment in Israel will offer donors an innovative and effective way to leverage an investment to impact the environment in Israel, a critical field which will have long-term impact on the health, economy, and quality of life.

“JFN’s matching grants programs are a time-proven tool that produces real impact,” said Murray Galinson, JFN Board Chair. “We are pleased to be able to be able to be able to offer this tool to help maximize the positive impact that donors can make on the environment in Israel.”

JFN’s matching grants structure is a powerful incentive to encourage donors to make investments in funding areas that are new to them and of importance to the Jewish community. Over the past four years, JFN’s matching grant initiatives have generated over $60 million in new funds for a wide range of causes, and have been proven to engage new donors over the long term.

In order to qualify for a match from the Matching Grant Initiative for the Environment in Israel, organizations must be based in Israel and directly engaged in environmental work in Israel. Priority will be given to organizations advancing an environmental agenda through one of the following means: activism, advocacy, community environmental activity, public environmental education, or youth environmental education.

“The need for protecting Israel’s environment is a growing challenge, even as natural resource depletion and clean water shortages escalate,” said Richard N. Goldman, founder and president of the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund. “There is a pressing need to proactively and effectively address the environmental impact of rapid industrialization and population growth.

Additional information, including eligibility criteria and funding priorities are available on the Jewish Funders Network website.