Herzog Hospital is one of many Israeli hospitals on our approved list and we are proud of Herzog Hospital’s Ethiopian nurse’s aide training program. PEF has been involved with funding this project from its inception and we are gratified that it has been recently featured in the Israeli media. In collaboration with Israel’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and […]

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There was a dramatic increase in the number of newly registered Israeli charities listed with P.E.F. Israel Endowment Funds in the past year.  In the prior year there were 81 amutot which successfully applied and were approved to receive donor advised grants from PEF.  In 2014 this number went up by over 60% to 132 new charities. […]

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The Jewish Daily Forward captures our unique position in Israel philanthropy.
The feature article – overly zealous in critiquing fundraising costs incurred by Friends organizations – get’s it right regarding PEF’s no-nonsense approach.
PEF is the choice for donors who have a pre-existing affinity and want 100% of their donation transferred to an Israeli charity of choice.
writes journalist; Josh Nathan-Kazis:

PEF, in particular, is an enigma: The organization is extraordinarily big, with $69 million in grants made in 2013 — more than all but the largest Jewish federations. Yet it has just five employees and paid its top-compensated employee just $124,000. Largely run by volunteers, PEF is a mega-“friends of” organization that also manages endowed funds for major donors. The group maintains a list of more than 1,000 Israeli charities that it has determined are eligible to receive American donors’ gifts. According to its president, Geoffrey Stern, the group covers its overhead with fees charged to its endowed funds, and doesn’t take any expenses out of regular gifts.

Read more: How To Be a ‘Friend’ and Get a Tax Break in Return The Jewish Daily Forward December 16, 2014

P.E.F. “an enigma” in Israel philanthropy – Jewish Daily Forward

Change of Address

Geoffrey —  September 22, 2014

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WILL BE CLOSED ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27-28 FOR THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY.   AND DON’T FORGET OUR NEW ADDRESS: P.E.F. Israel Endowment Funds, Inc. 630 THIRD AVENUE, 15TH FLOOR NEW YORK, NY 10017 our phone numbers and email addresses remain the same.

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September 2014 – Today a major charity rating organization issued it’s 2014 report on P.E.F. Israel Endowment Funds, Inc. confirming that PEF meets its 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. PEF is a tax exempt public charity, not a private foundation, under Code 501(c)(3). and has been serving US donors wishing to make recommended grants to Israeli charities since 1922. […]

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Since `Protective Edge` has started all our children are staying at the Achuzat Sara Home instead of going to their families and enjoying their summer vacation, as their families live in the South\Center of Israel and it’s not safe for them to stay there… Unfortunately our budget was not prepared for these expenses and we are in a very difficult position. It costs us $100 per child per day including food, additional psychological help, toys and all of the enrichment activities.

To learn more about Achuzat Sara Children’s Home click here.

To see full grant request click here.

Emergency grant request from Achuzat Sarah children’s home

In it’s June e-news letter, The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation announced more than $13 million in additional new grants including the following recommended grants to PEF. P.E.F. Israel Endowment Funds Kivunim: New Directions for Special Needs Youth in Israel Haifa, Israel $200,000 operating grant over two years ($100,000 per year) to support this organization that […]

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Charity Reports as Art

Geoffrey —  May 27, 2014

At PEF, we expect and receive regular updates and reports from the charities in Israel that we support. As trustees, we make it our business to personally visit these amutot when we travel to Israel.  On a recent visit, I was privileged to visit the Greenhouse (Hamimah) at Kibbutz Ein Shemer. The Ecological Greenhouse-Ein Shemer, was […]

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PEF is proud that two amutot (charitable organizations) that receive PEF support have been selected to win the Prime Minister’s Award this year.  According to the Jerusalem Post:

In the nonprofit category, the winner is Dafna Lifshitz, CEO of Appleseeds Academy (formally Tapuach).

According to its website, the organization’s goal is to “provide equal opportunity to Israel’s socially disadvantaged communities through technological tools and the development of life skills.”

Ayala Tal-El, founder of AV Israel, received the nonprofit category’s honorable mention. Her organization works with deaf and hard-of-hearing children and seeks to integrate them in regular educational frameworks and society as a whole, with the aid of innovative treatments and technology.

See full coverage in the Jerusalem Post: Dafna Lifshitz wins Prime Minister’s Prize

2014 Prime Minister’s Award to PEF approved organizations

Today P.E.F Israel Endowment Funds, Inc. posted its 2013 Financial Statement and Form 990.  These documents can be found at the Reports/Filings page on our web site.

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