The New York City-based Ford Foundation has announced a $20 million grant to the New Israel Fund, continuing its support for NIF's efforts to support civil society, human rights, and social justice organizations in Israel.
Ford's partnership with the organization was launched in 2003 with an initial grant of $20 million. Under the auspices of NIF, the Ford Israel Fund was established in October of that year and has since provided grants to more than forty organizations working to promote civil society, human rights, and peace in Israel. The fund's strategy of providing large, multiyear grants to nongovernmental organizations complements the work of NIF, which often provides smaller sums in support of specific projects. The Ford Israel Fund is guided by an advisory board comprised of Israeli civil society leaders and is directed by Dr. Aaron Back, a former Ford Foundation program officer for Israel.
"We are proud to renew our partnership with the New Israel Fund to support people working on social justice issues," said Ford Foundation president Susan V. Berresford. "This grant is in keeping with the foundation's worldwide program to promote democratic values and will help secure peace and equality for all citizens."