December 2013, Jerusalem
For over a decade and a
half, The Green Environment Fund and its innovative micro-grant program, the
SHELI Fund, have nurtured the environmental movement in Israel, motivated by
social justice values, and inspired by a will to better Israel for all its citizens.
Over the years, GEF has been among the most important funders of Israel’s
environmental NGOs with grants totaling $15 million. With this support,
environmental groups have contributed to changing Israeli society through
legislation such as Israel’s Clear Air Act, through anchoring environmental
education in public schools, through great efforts to transform the green
agenda in many small and large municipalities throughout the country, and
through the overall professionalization of environmental work.
We have witnessed a
major shift in the way that the Israeli public, government, and industry view
environmental issues. Policy makers now take into consideration these concerns,
which are often at the top of the public agenda as well. There is a growing
commitment in Israel to sustainability, wherein environmental principles
determine decisions in the areas of transportation, energy and open spaces and
more. The Green Environment Fund has contributed to these changes in Israeli
society’s relationship to its environment through its grants, partnerships,
networking and strategic approach throughout the years.
With great pride in this
work, cognizant of the achievements behind us and the challenges ahead, the GEF
itself is now embracing change. Due to strategic changes of some of the
foundation partners, the Green Environment Fund and the SHELI Fund will make
final grants in 2014. GEF's Board of Directors will determine its final
allocation of funds, based upon long-term understandings, dialogue, and
professional judgment. Representatives of the Samuel Sebba Charitable Trust and
the New Israel Fund will continue to monitor grants during 2014.
We wish to extend our
heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to the activists, organizations, and partners
with which we have worked, and trust and hope that these efforts will continue
for the sake of our generation and future ones.
Jay Shofet, Executive
Director, The Green Environment Fund
Guy Jamo, Coordinator,
The SHELI Fund
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