New Initiatives for Democracy

Strengthening New Ideas and Leadership

NIFC works to restore Israel’s wounded democracy and foster a renewal of pro-democracy ideas, leadership, and institutions.

Over the past decade, attacks have increased by religious and public leaders against the media, the judiciary, human rights organizations, minorities, and even the very notion of equality. Our focuses in this area are diverse, but represent the most cutting-edge initiatives to cultivate new civil society leadership, develop new ideas, build new coalitions, and promote new models of change.

Examples of recently-funded projects include the Alliance for Israel’s Future’s leadership program for young progressives and Zazim’s online campaigns for fair and equal government responses to COVID-19.

The Heschel Center for Sustainability

Sustainability Partnerships Program

The Heschel Center for Sustainability promotes sustainable values, planning, and living. Our 2022 project, in collaboration with A Place for Change and the Arava Institute, will support a program for organizations that work in different fields to collaborate and strengthen their understanding of sustainability from an intersectional perspective.

Fighting For Climate Justice

Fighting For Climate Justice

Shatil continues to be a leader in helping social change organizations develop work to address the climate emergency. In January of this year, we shared news of a joint initiative of Shatil and NIFC project partner Heschel Center for Sustainability to promote climate...

Shatil Helped Block Harmful Regulatory Reform

Shatil Helped Block Harmful Regulatory Reform

In a significant win this August, Shatil’s Center for Policy Change (CPC) led the defeat of a proposal that sought to weaken the government’s ability to responsibly regulate in areas ranging from environmental protections to workers’ rights. Formulated by right-wing...

Shatil Spotlight: Asaf Goldfarb

Shatil Spotlight: Asaf Goldfarb

Meet Asaf Goldfarb, the new director of the Shatil Center for Policy Change, fighting to make the most of the new government coalition towards progressive change. On June 3, 2021, Israel installed the first government in 12 years not headed by Benjamin Netanyahu. Two...

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