Our family’s passion for sustaining the viability and success of Israel began in the 1950s, with Joe Meyerhoff’s support for the creation of the state. To date, we have invested in over 80 capital projects and more than 150 institutions. We carry on this legacy by continuing to invest in projects aimed at building a civil society. In urban areas and in the periphery, projects have included libraries, theaters, day care centers, museums, playgrounds, universities, and parks.
We are currently in the process of refining our Jewish and Israel giving strategies. The goal is to narrow our interests and grant making to three to five funding areas of focus in 2017 and beyond. By narrowing our scope, we hope our grant making will have deeper impact and meaning. We expect to complete this strategic evaluation by the end of the first quarter of 2017.
In its early growth as a nation, Israel’s physical and infrastructure needs were paramount. As Israel has evolved, its needs, and our contributions, have become less concrete, allowing us to focus on projects that enhance the social fabric of society and Israel’s growth as a Jewish and democratic state. Here we concentrate on nurturing community and societal leaders by supporting:
- Executive leadership development in the municipal and NGO sectors.
- Multi-sector partnerships that bring together non-profits, businesses, and government agencies.
- Service and service learning for college students and young adults.
- Initiatives that promote pluralism.
- Jewish education.
- Equality of access for populations seeking upward mobility and excellence.
- Women as change agents in society.
Our current geographic focus is in the Negev, because we share David Ben-Gurion’s vision. “It is in the Negev that creativity and pioneer vigor will be tested… It is incumbent upon Israel’s scientists to reveal the secrets of nature unique to our land… it is the destiny of a people and its country.” We are committed to investing in the Negev’s growth by working with the Government of Israel, the municipalities of Beer Sheva, Ramat HaNegev, and Yeruham, and many local NGOs.
A sampling of major partners on the ground include:
- American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
- Arab Jewish Center for Equality Empowerment and Cooperation – Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development
- Ben-Gurion University
- Hillel Israel
- Israel Education Fund
- Jewish Agency for Israel
- New Israel Fund
- Shahaf Foundation
Left Banner: Jerusalem at night
Right Banner: Photo of the Beer Sheva Theatre courtesy of the Beer Sheva Municipality.