FRIENDS OF THE ISRAEL DEFENSE FORCES

aka FRIENDS OF THE IDF, FIDF   |   New York, NY   |  www.fidf.org

Mission

To offer educational, cultural, recreational, social services programs, and facilities that provide hope, purpose, and life-changing support for the soldiers who protect Israel and Jews worldwide.

Ruling year info

1983

National Director and CEO

Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir

Main address

60 East 42nd Street

New York, NY 10165 USA

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EIN

13-3156445

NTEE code info

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Single Organization Support (Q11)

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Our programs

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Educational and Scholarship programs

The FIDF IMPACT! Program - The FIDF IMPACT! Program grants full 4-year scholarships to Israeli soldiers who have completed their military service.  The personal nature of the program enables the sponsors to directly see the “impact” of their donations on soldiers’ lives.  To be eligible, soldiers must come from a combat unit and a disadvantaged socioeconomic background that would prevent them from pursuing higher education.  Each scholarship recipient is required to complete 130 hours of community service every year during the full term of the scholarshiFIDF was able to fund close to 3,000 scholarships for the 2010-2011 academic year of college or university study.

The FIDF Young Soldier Program - The FIDF Young Soldier Program supports young students who study in a high school or boarding school affiliated with Israel Defense Forces (IDF) throughout their studies.  It helps those students coming from an underprivileged socioeconomic background by sponsoring tuition scholarships.  In addition to ensuring an excellent education, the program is also aimed at promoting leadership and social responsibility. 

Educational programs - Through seminars, workshops, discussion groups, and field trips, these programs strengthen the Jewish and national identity of IDF commanders and soldiers, assist new immigrant soldiers in their assimilation process, provide enrichment opportunities to soldiers with special needs, and develop the educational resources of IDF commanders.

Population(s) Served

The Dignity Program - The Dignity Program provides economic relief for soldiers who are in financial distress through the provision of cash subsidies, basic furniture and home appliances, holiday gift packages, food vouchers, and other assistance to their families.  During 2010, FIDF provided such assistance to over 10,000 soldiers. 

Lone Soldiers Program - The Lone Soldiers Program enables FIDF to act as a second family for the more than 5,000 soldiers who have no immediate family in Israel during their military service.  FIDF also sponsors flights for lone combat soldiers, enabling them to visit loved ones in their home country during their period of service. 

The Legacy Program - The Legacy Program enables families of fallen soldiers to enjoy recreational vacations in Israel with activities such as workshops, shows, excursions, entertainment by popular Israeli artists, sports activities, and more.  The program also sponsors trips to the United States for children of fallen soldiers who share the experience of summer camp in the U.S. with American children of similar age.  During 2010, FIDF aided approximately 4,000 members of bereaved families, including trips to the United States for approximately 67 children of various ages and holiday gifts to nearly 3,000 widows.

The Spirit Program - The Spirit Program provides a week of rest and relaxation for active-duty combat units.  Soldiers enjoy a week of R&R at FIDF-supported recreation centers which are fully equipped with lodging and dining facilities, swimming pools, fitness rooms, and other amenities.  During 2010, FIDF sponsored 24 weeks of such programs for a total of over 11,000 soldiers.

Wellbeing programs -  FIDF sponsors various units with wellbeing gifts such as fleeces, hats and other personal items, as well as fun days, trips, and sports events to develop team spirit and boost morale.  During 2010, FIDF sponsored such wellbeing needs with over $1.3 million.

The Adopt a Battalion Program - The Adopt a Battalion Program provides year-long recreational activities and extra care for designated battalions.  During 2010, FIDF adopted 38 battalions and sponsored related ceremonies, trips and other wellbeing activities.

Population(s) Served

FIDF sponsors the construction, refurbishment and maintenance of recreation and sports centers, cultural and educational facilities, synagogues, memorial rooms, auditoriums, medical facilities and “soldiers’ homes” for soldiers throughout Israel.  These facilities range from individual structures to large wellbeing complexes.  FIDF also sponsors the construction and renovation of smaller projects and semi-permanent facilities, such as social clubs, and synagogues that soldiers can use everywhere.  Construction activity during 2010 was as follows: seventeen construction projects were completed, four additional projects were under construction, and three projects were in the design and bidding stage.  In addition, 41smaller facilities renovation and refurbishment projects were completed.

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FRIENDS OF THE ISRAEL DEFENSE FORCES

Board of directors
as of 12/21/2017
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Arthur Stark

Peter Weintraub President