14 July 2010
Yad Hanadiv acts in Israel on behalf of a number of Rothschild family philanthropic trusts, continuing a tradition of support for Jewish revival in Palestine begun by Baron Edmond de Rothschild in the second half of the 19th century. Established in its present form in 1958, the Foundation’s work has been guided over the years by a distinguished Advisory Committee under the leadership of members of the Rothschild family. With the assistance of the staff of Yad Hanadiv, the Foundation seeks innovative opportunities to address the needs of Israeli society.
Major projects have included the building of the Israeli Knesset and Supreme Court, establishment of the Centre for Educational Technology, the Institute for Advanced Studies at The Hebrew University, Educational Television,Rothschild Prizes and Fellowships, the Jerusalem Music Centre, Israel’s Open University, the MANOF Residential Youth Centre, the Environment and Health Fund and Avney Rosha - The Institute for School Leadership.
Current Focus - The Foundation currently concentrates its grantmaking in the areas ofEducation, Environment, Academic Excellence, Civil Society and Arab Community. It funds the operation of the Ramat Hanadiv Nature Park and Memorial Gardens, and is cooperating with the National Library in planning a state-of-the-art, 21st century National Library for the State of Israel.
Yad Hanadiv initiates projects in its areas of focus and invites participation of specific organisations and institutions. Unsolicited proposals are considered in the framework of a modest programme of one-time assistance to organisations,which fit the General Grants guidelines.
Education - Improving teaching and learning in schools to advance student achievement and expand access to quality education
Environment - Promoting research and science-based decision making for management of natural resources
Academic Excellence - Encouraging exceptional talent and research and supporting the development of vital scientific infrastructure
Civil Society - Strengthening the professional capabilities of non-profit organisations, in order to increase the effectiveness of Israel's Third Sector
Arab Community - Promoting access and participation of the Arab minority in order to encourage their inclusion as an integral part of Israeli society