The Social Venture Fund for Jewish-Arab Equality and Shared Society

The Challenge

The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) is committed to a secure and just Israel. Addressing the needs of Israel’s 1.6 million Arab citizens—from poverty and unemployment to health outcomes and education levels—is of strategic importance to Israel’s future security and ability to thrive.

The Response

JFNA launched the Social Venture Fund for Jewish-Arab Equality and Shared Society (SVF) in 2007 to strengthen and coordinate the Jewish community’s efforts to address the unmet needs of Israel’s Arab citizens. Each year, the SVF brings together Federations, foundations and individual philanthropists to make strategic financial investments in non-profit groups that focus on social change to promote equality in Israel.

Each member of the Fund contributes between $25,000 and $50,000 annually. To date the SVF has raised more than $6.2 million and allocated $5.4 million towards programs in the areas of education and economic development, with a particular focus on Arab women’s empowerment and capacity building. The SVF works to complement activities of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues.

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