Introduction

NGO Monitor has analyzed the 2015 financial reports of the New Israel Fund (NIF), detailing grants to a wide variety of Israeli non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Our analysis focuses on the 18% of NIF funding authorized to 25 advocacy NGOs that are also funded by European governments and active in political campaigns that involve, to different degrees, demonization of Israel, including BDS and lawfare.

NIF’s financial documents also show:

  • Expenses in 2015 were $31 million, approximately the same as in 2014. Total revenue was $33 million, an 11% increase from 2014 ($30 million).
  •  Total authorized grants were approximately $13.8 million in 2015, a 5.8% decrease from 2014 ($14.7 million). (See Table 1.)

Table 1: Overview of NIF Finances 2013-2015

Year201320142015
Total Expenses*32,228,84931,057,80430,976,640
Total Revenue*28,400,18929,773,90333,062,783
Grants Authorized*16,420,64614,714,21613,851,614
Grants Paid*17,985,33614,334,67714,519,759
Donor Advised Grants**14,276,64210,370,98210,763,898

*Data from NIF 2015 Financial Report
**Donor advised grants are a subset listed in the NIF website under “Grants of 2015,” in which individual donors designate the grantees, with the approval of the NIF.

Key Findings

  • The amounts listed in the annual financial statements comprise both “Core Grants” directly from the NIF and “Donor Advised” grants. An online report details the division between these two funding formats.
  • A number of NGOs involved in political activities related to the demonization of Israel continue to be funded by NIF, as documented by NGO Monitor.
  • In 2015, authorized grants to these 25 political advocacy NGOs amounted to $2.5 million, a 6.6% decrease from 2014. (See Table 2.) It is not clear if this represents a change in policy or reflects a pattern of multiyear grants.
  • Many of the advocacy NGOs receive more “donor advised” funds than NIF core grants, suggesting that these donors have a major role in setting the NIF agenda. (See Table 3.) This also suggests the need for a discussion of the relationship of these donors and their preferred grantees within the NIF network.
  • As of 2015, it appears from the data that NIF no longer funds Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity Movement (SJSM) and Social TV.
  • In addition to NIF funding, the 25 listed NGOs receive substantial direct and indirect funding from European governments. (See Table 4.) Inasmuch as NIF funding “reflect[s] [] progressive values” and is geared toward strengthening the “progressive camp in Israel,” this funding suggests that European governments are attempting to achieve the same political and ideological objectives in the Israeli democratic context.

Table 2: Multiyear Review of Authorized Grants to Political NGOs (2011 – 2015, USD)

NGO20112012201320142015
Total2,221,7522,603,6162,372,0892,674,0552,496,415
Adalah204,275356,91170,948201,022101,170
Baladna25,00025,00025,00025,000-
B'Tselem103,419333,828107,048276,271252,208
Bimkom338,340168,500248,000177,000295,000
Breaking the Silence120,94785,11583,993138,882104,304
Combatants for Peace---5,00020,243
Emek Shave---40040,350
Gisha56,16530,80822,77144,49129,150
HaMoked101,481175,25014,80031,40037,450
Human Rights Defenders Fund224,34032,36575,92091,300199,000
Social TV37,40025,00039,0004,000-
Ir Amim89,058279,23595,131146,978105,587
Machsom Watch (Womens Fund for Human Rights)28,78132,270118,78869,968243,535
Molad-435,000736,000616,000417,694
Mossawa248,525180,050191,477200,00094,075
Negev Coexistence Forum39,46645,53249,33969,86149,888
Nine Seven Two10,00084,38931,37854,12038,117
Public Committee against Torture in Israel28,00066,5821,6705,01541,643
Physicians for Human Rights161,864166,46471,380185,26291,679
Rabbis for Human Rights328,92727,114295,493243,464296,420
Parents Circle: Bereaved Parents0014,2252,80716,902
Re'ut Sadaka24,2037,91013,69127,56438,430
Solidarity Sheikh Jarah-7,91013,961-15000-
Terrestrial Jerusalem---20,00010,000
Yesh Din49,55036,37150,06351,23674,740

Table 3: Division between core and donor advised grants (USD)

NGOCoreDonor AdvisedTotal (Paid)
Total771,8001,831,7472,516,748
Adalah50,000126,320206,320
B'Tselem35,000210,460245,460
Bimkom90,000205,000257,000
Breaking the Silence32,000117,727124,727
Combatants for Peace013,39313,393
Emek Shave40,00040020,400
Gisha28,800028,800
HaMoked01,1001,100
Human Rights Defenders Fund120,00074,000149,000
Ir Amim35,00073,887110,087
Machsom Watch (Womens Fund for Human Rights)25,000189,060214,060
Molad150,000295,500370,500
Mossawa90,00044,000145,250
Negev Coexistence Forum35,00011,88852,888
Nine Seven Two053,29253,292
Public Committee against Torture in Israel21,00015,64341,643
Physicians for Human Rights086,74095,490
Rabbis for Human Rights0221,457275,457
Parents Circle: Bereaved Parents09,9029,902
Re'ut Sadaka026,2002,6200
Terrestrial Jerusalem000
Yesh Din20,00055,77875,779

Table 4: Foreign government funding as reported quarterly by NIF-supported NGOs (2015, USD)

NGOForeign Government Funding
Total10,017,433
Adalah1,061,046
BaladnaNA
B'Tselem1,405,492
Bimkom820,042
Breaking the Silence599,421
Combatants for Peace26,886
Emek Shave185,628
Gisha1,049,965
HaMoked722,150
Human Rights Defenders Fund83,811
Ir AmimNA
Machsom Watch (Womens Fund for Human Rights)64,693
MoladNA
MossawaNA
Negev Coexistence Forum188,804
Nine Seven Two14,258
Public Committee against Torture in Israel430,484
Physicians for Human Rights639,388
Rabbis for Human Rights203,843
Parents Circle: Bereaved Parents554,627
Re'ut SadakaNA
Terrestrial Jerusalem378,241
Yesh Din1,588,654