Friends of the Arava Institute

Nature Knows No Borders

Newton Centre, MA   |  http://www.arava.org

Mission

The Friends of the Arava Institute’s mission is to support the critical work of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies through public awareness, student recruitment and fundraising campaigns. The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies is an environmental, research, and academic institution located in Israel, dedicated to advancing cross-border environmental cooperation in the face of political conflict. The Institute prepares future leaders - Israelis, Palestinians, Jordanians, and students around the world - to cooperatively solve the regional and global challenges of our time, teaching them that "Nature Knows No Borders."

Ruling year info

2000

Chief Executive Officer

Miriam May

Main address

1320 Centre Street Suite 206

Newton Centre, MA 02459 USA

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EIN

11-3485736

NTEE code info

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

Promotion of International Understanding (Q20)

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Academic Program

The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies offers accredited university-level academic & internship programs for a student body comprised of Jordanians, Palestinians, Israelis, and students from around the world.

Population(s) Served
Students

The Center for Regional Climate Change Research will bring together leading researchers and decisionmakers from Israel and the neighboring region to research and implement regional solutions to the increasing challenges presented by climate change. Leveraging its existing partnerships and success, this center will advance academic research collaboration and initiate transboundary projects that focus on climate change adaptation and mitigation throughout the Middle East & North Africa. The CRCCR will launch with a three day conference which will include government officials, civil society leaders, academics & environmental experts. Participants from Morocco, Palestine, Israel, Jordan, and other regional states with expertise in water treatment, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, & public health will participate with an interdisciplinary approach. Working groups growing out of the conference will spearhead projects to address the impacts of climate change in their communities.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Track II Environmental Forum was initiated in 2016 to enable key civil society organizations and individuals who represent both state and non-state actors to discuss, negotiate, and develop practical cross-border strategies to facilitate formal and informal environmental agreements between Israel, Palestine and Jordan.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Each year, the Friends of the Arava Institute brings Israeli and Palestinian alumni to speak to U.S. colleges & communities about their experience at the Arava Institute learning about the environment and studying peace-building together.

Population(s) Served
Students
Interfaith groups

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Percent of environmentally aware Israeli public who know who we are and what we do

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Arava Institute does periodic surveys of the Israeli public to measure this percentage. Our next survey will be in 2022, and we are hoping to increase that number to 75%.

Number of government officials who publicly support the advocacy effort

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of government ministries or authorities with which we work in the region: We currently work on projects with 5 Israeli ministries, 2 Palestinian Authority and 2 Jordanian.

Number of students enrolled

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Academic Program

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The COVID-19 pandemic continued to affect our student numbers, as border closings and school policies prohibited many students from attending the Arava Institute.

Number of research studies conducted

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We currently have 15 active research programs. We hope to increase that to 20 active research programs during the next year.

Number of alumni (regardless of last date of enrollment) who submit updated contact information to the alumni office within the most recent academic year

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Friends of the Arava Institute supports the Arava Institute's research, academic and environmental cooperation efforts. The Arava Institute aims to advance cross-border environmental cooperation in the face of political conflict, to ensure that the shared environmental resources of the region will be protected from further degradation and loss, that scarce environmental resources will no longer be a source of conflict, and that environmental cooperation will become a model for cross-border cooperation in all other areas of the conflict.

Friends of the Arava Institute supports the Arava Institute through public information efforts, fundraising for the Arava Institute's work, and recruitment for the academic program. The Arava Institute employs three main strategies to advance cross-border environmental cooperation. The first strategy is to create a cadre of future leaders for the region through our academic program. The academic program brings Israeli, Palestinian, and Jordanian students together to learn about their shared environment and the need for cooperation, and to build leadership skills, which include respectful dialogue and empathetic listening. The second strategy is to research, design, and implement technologies that can improve lives and build trust and goodwill, such as wastewater reuse systems and renewable energy solutions. Our researchers and faculty work with off-grid villages and vulnerable populations to improve their quality of life. The third strategy is to build partnerships and relationships with like-minded individuals and organizations across borders in the process of implementing small-scale replicable projects that prove that peaceful cooperation is possible, and lay the groundwork for future larger-scale projects.

Friends of the Arava Institute brings Israeli, Palestinian, and Jordanian alumni to the United States to meet with interested community leaders, students and others around the country to learn about the Institute. We bring Institute faculty and staff to the United States to build support for the Institute. As part of this we have a strategic fundraising partnership with the Jewish National Fund to engage supporters throughout the country.

As the Arava Institute has grown over the past 25 years, we have expanded our scope, and many ideas that were only aspirational for years have become a reality. Our capability to educate and train a cadre of future leaders has grown as our academic program has become more well known, allowing us to be highly selective in accepting only the best and brightest candidates. Our capability to research and implement sustainable technologies has grown as our faculty gain more experience in their fields and hone their research focuses. Lastly, our capability to build partnerships and relationships with other organizations in the pursuit of peace has exploded with the birth of our Track II Environmental Forum five years ago. As Track II gained momentum and the Arava Institute grew from a purely academic institution into an activist organization, we have invested heavily in improving our capabilities in this area, including staff capacity. We manage multiple projects per year and dozens of partner relationships.

We have built a network of more than 1,400 Arava Institute alumni who have gone on to become scientists, entrepreneurs, activists, politicians, conservationists, founders of NGOs, and more, who bring the lens of the Arava Institute's goal of advancing cross-border environmental cooperation to everything they do. We have accomplished internationally-renowned scientific feats, such as germinating 2,000-year-old seeds and reanimating an ancient species of native Judean date palm. Our research teams have improved the lives of Bedouin villagers by installing wastewater reuse systems that grow agricultural outcomes. We have built relationships with more than 100 partners through our Track II Environmental Forum and have completed several projects in the Gaza Strip to improve access to clean drinking water. What we are looking forward to accomplishing is establishing a Regional Center for Climate Change Adaptation, a vision we are working to bring to life now, that will coordinate and inform governmental responses to climate change for the countries of the region.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Friends of the Arava Institute primarily serves the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, its North American students and alumni, and donors and supporters who are concerned with cross-border environmental cooperation in Israel, Palestine, Jordan and throughout the region.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We listened to feedback on our online events and planned future events based on the audience's preferences of topics.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    N/A

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Friends of the Arava Institute

Board of directors
as of 5/13/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Michael Marcus

Debra Aaron

Tareq Abu Hamed

David Arfin

Eric Berzon

Janine Biskind

Alexa Broida

Dan Caine

David Camp

Frank Chudnow

Brett Cohen

David Eisenberg

Joseph Eppstein

Jonathan Fishman

Aaron Frank

Bernard Friedman

Cerri Friedman

Vivian Fuhrman

Amy Goldman

Richard Goldman

Adam Goldstein

Ethan Grossman

Barbara Gural-Steinmetz

Jon Harris-Shapiro

Samuel Hendler

Brenda Jaffe

David Jaffe

Sheldon Kahn

Daniel Kayne

Zachary Korenstein

Gary Korus

Michael Marcus

Yaron Marcus

Craig Margolis

Miriam May

Anat Moskovitz

Miriam Newman

Mandy Patinkin

Jack Platt

Mindy Radler Glickman

Hershel Richman

Shai Robkin

Howie Rodenstein

Hillel Salomon

Marcee Samberg

Steven Sanderson

Karen Schapiro

Melvin Simon

Ann Stehney

Chet Stein

Peter Wexler

Miriam Newman

Mandy Patinkin

Jack Platt

Mindy Radler Glickman

Hershel Richman

Shai Robkin

Howie Rodenstein

Hillel Salomon

Steve Sanderson

Karen Schapiro

Melvin Simon

Chet Stein

Peter Wexler

Chet Stein

Peter Wexler

Peter Wexler

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/5/2022,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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