NIF makes a record £2m

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS - BY SI­MON ROCKER

AT A time when char­i­ties are strug­gling to meet their fundrais­ing tar­gets, the New Is­rael Fund’s UK branch has re­ported a £2 mil­lion in­come for the first time.

For 2016, do­na­tions rose by 20 per cent from £1.57 mil­lion to £1.97 mil­lion. In­ter­est and cur­rency changes took the to­tal be­yond £2 mil­lion. The char­ity says the £375,000 raised from its awards din­ner last au­tumn was also a record, while at­ten­dance at events was up 30 per cent year-on-year.

The NIF sup­ports re­li­gious plu­ral­ism, civic rights and so­cial ac­tion pro­jects for Jews and Arabs in Is­rael.

Adam Og­nall, its UK chief ex­ec­u­tive, said that in “a year of dra­matic events in Is­rael, many of our core is­sues hit the head­lines, from the fu­ture of East Jerusalem to tack­ling poverty and hous­ing. Our abil­ity to have a sub­stan­tive im­pact on Is­rael’s core con­cerns is draw­ing in­creased sup­port from our com­mu­nity.”

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