The NIF’s guidelines are designed to inform its grant-making, capacity-building and project decisions. These highlight three principles:
- Respect for a multiplicity of viewpoints;
- Transparency to grantees, donors and the public at large
- Compliance with standards of accountability and due diligence
Criteria for Grant-Making and Support
- Compliance with the laws of the state of Israel
- Respect for the principles of the New Israel Fund and compliance with its policies and procedures
- Relevance to NIF strategic priorities, including:
- A focus on social change
- Strengthening Israel’s democratic values and institutions
- Missions that fall within one of NIF’s four general issue areas: human and civil rights; social and economic justice; religious pluralism and tolerance; and protecting Israel’s environment.
- Nonprofit status
- Registration as an amuta or a company for the benefit of the public;
- Publicly available bylaws;
- Audited financial reports;
- Confirmation of proper accounting procedures as required by Israeli tax authorities and possession of a certificate of tax-withholding at source.
Organizations that engage in the following activities will not be eligible for NIF grants or support:
- Participate in partisan political activity
- Promote anti-democratic values
- Support the 1967 occupation and subsequent settlement activity
- Violate the human rights of any group or individual, advocate human rights selectively for one group over another and/or reject the principle of the universality of human rights
- Condone or promote violence or use violent tactics
- Employ racist or derogatory language or designations about any group based on their religion, race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation.
- Works to deny the right of the Jewish people to sovereign self-determination within Israel or to deny the rights of Palestinian or other non-Jewish citizens to full equality within a democratic Israel.
- Engage in activities at odds with the positions, principles, or vision of the New Israel Fund.
Approved July 29, 2010 – Tel Aviv
The above eligibility requirements will not apply to individuals or coalitions requesting capacity building services from SHATIL.
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