ImpactIsrael, Inc.

Elevating Education and Lifting Lives the Village Way

aka Friends of Yemin Orde, Inc   |   Bethesda, MD   |  www.impact-israel.org

Mission

ImpactIsrael supports Yemin Orde Youth Village which is the preeminent residential education program for at-risk youth in Israel. Support is also provided to the Village Way Educational Initiatives which brings the Village Way methodology and philosophy of Yemin Orde to other youth villages and public highschools throughout Israel. Village Way Educational Initiatives also manages 3 pre-military leadership programs and trains IDF commanders, border police and others who impact marginalized youth.

Ruling year info

1991

Executive Director

Karen Sallerson

Main address

4340 East-West Highway Suite 202

Bethesda, MD 20814 USA

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Formerly known as

Friends of Yemin Orde, Inc

EIN

22-3090463

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Israel has approximately 400,000 immigrant and at-risk youth who live on the margins of society and suffer poverty, isolation, and educational failure. At Yemin Orde, these fragile teens receive the highest quality personal care, an excellent education and therapeutic programs that enable them to thrive, have hope and believe in a bright future as productive citizens of Israel. The Village's methodology, called the Village Way, is a standard of educational excellence throughout Israel. This methodology has expanded into 55 other educational communities in Israel, thereby helping thousands more at-risk youth achieve success in school and in life.

Our programs

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

Graduate Program

Graduate Program is unique aspect of the methodology. Graduates remain part of the family, just as other children always have a place in their parents’ home. Graduates can stay at the Graduate House between university semesters or military service or during times of crisis; they are welcome when they celebrate weddings or holidays. As they advance in life, they are assured that they will never again experience abandonment—and they give back to Yemin Orde in the same spirit.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

ImpactIsrael is the philanthropic partner of Yemin Orde Youth Village and Village Way Educational Initiatives. Our central mission is to provide Israel's at-risk youth with a vibrant and holistic community of meaning, a future of hope and the essential tools for a productive life. Through our think tank and resource center, Village Way Educational Initiatives, we hope to expand the successful Village Way methodology to 91 educational communities throughout Israel, and impact even more at-risk youth. By 2026, we will serve 55,000 youth and 4,100 educators in Israel.

Our five-year goal is raise $36 million for Yemin Orde Youth Village and Village Way Educational Initiatives in order to support the expansion of our Village Way educational methodology to 59 youth villages, therapeutic residential communities and public high schools in Israel. Yemin Orde's Israeli leadership visits the United States throughout the year on speaking tours, meetings with donors and our Board of Directors, and attending private fundraising events. We are also hosting an international dinner gala in New York City in May 2018 to honor Israeli visionary educator Chaim Peri. This dinner is also a fundraiser designed to promote Yemin Orde to new donors and elevate our position in the New York region. We also encourage donors and prospective donors to visit Yemin Orde Youth Village on a trip to Israel and see, first-hand, how our holistic community of meaning is helping to transform the lives of hundreds of at-risk teens.

Our organization has a team of professional fundraisers situated on the East and West coasts who are dedicated to our mission to help Israel's youth at risk. They travel throughout their regions meeting with donors, organizing fundraising events, hosting graduates and visitors from the Village and planning private trips to Israel for prospective donors. Our volunteer Board of Directors also engages in fundraising efforts and actively promotes ImpactIsrael in their communities.

There are many new and innovative programs at Yemin Orde Youth Village as a result of our fundraising: a new partnership with the Israel Defense Forces that provides important technology training to students; upgrades to the Village's onsite dental clinic; expansion of Yemin Orde Eco-Farm where youth take classes in agriculture, ceramics, metal and woodworking, as well as learn responsibility in tending to the site's farm animals; U.S. tour of youth choir; presentation at international symposium in Germany on residential education. VWEI is committed to expanding the Village Way methodology and transforming thousands of lives in Israel through long-term systemic change in Israel's education curriculum for immigrant and troubled youth. The methodology is part of the curriculum in Israel's universities and teaching colleges, including Hebrew University's School of Education; VWEI organizes an annual symposium for Israel's educators; third-part evaluators measure the success of our integration process; programs for educators that create professional alliances for learning and developing leadership abilities, and more.
VWEI has a strategic plan to expand to 91 communities from 2022-2026.

Financials

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Operations

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

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ImpactIsrael, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 7/23/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Robert Arogeti

Aprio

Term: 2020 - 2021

Charles Gwirtsman

KRG Capital

George Blank

MedTech Group

Michael Salzhauer

CHH Realty

David Amar

Merrill Lynch

Allen Applbaum

StoneTurn

Michael Azeez

Vermeil Wines

Jeremy Barnett

Tokio Marine HCC

Mark Claster

Carl Marks Advisory Group

Michelle Copelin

Jon Cordish

Cordish Companies

David Frieze

Sixth Street Properties

Victor Hammel

Jeffrey Hirschfeld

Hirschfeld Companies

Judy Kaye

Beth Landman

Dale Okonow

Watermill Ventures

Rabbi Michael Paley

Harvey Potter

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Steven Rosenfeld

David Schwarz

Colony Capital

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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

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Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

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