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.
There is no fee for submitting an application to PEF. An Israeli charity must first be recognized by The State of Israel as a charitable organization (Amutah). In a separate application the organization must provide current copies of their Certificate of Amutah, Articles of Association, Section 46 – Public Entity for the Purpose of Donations, Certificate of Financial Accountability, Current Financial Statement and a report in English describing the organization’s activities. In many cases a PEF trustee or friend of the organization will be enlisted to make a site visit after initial approval.
Once approved, an amutah does not appear on the PEF web site with its own web page until it receives contributions, but interested donors can always check the Newly Registered Charities List to confirm that a charity is listed. For a list of the 132 charities newly listed in 2014 click here.
Geoffrey Stern, President of PEF commented that “This uptick in successful applications represents an acknowledgment by Israeli charities and their donors that PEF plays a unique role in Israel philanthropy.”