Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy


Giving Voice To Those Silenced

Boston, MA


To improve the welfare of the State of Israel's citizens by advancing Western values of democracy and providing philanthropic solutions that close the gaps in the country's socio-economic safety nets. 1) To respond to socioeconomic challenges; 2) Bridge the socioeconomic disparities as they exist; and 3) Improve the welfare of Israel's citizens by strengthening Israel's society via secure Western democratic ideals that are compatible with basic tenets of Judaism.

Ruling Year


Executive Director

Gary Pickholz

Main Address

10 Post Office Square 800

Boston, MA 02109 USA


advocacy, israel, jewish, start-ups, civil rights, social enterprise,





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Civil Liberties Advocacy (R60)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (I01)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

The single greatest challenge in Jewish philanthropy is the institutional bottleneck directing 97% of all charity to the same long-established calcified institutions addressing problems of prior generations. RHIF's mandate is to develop and provide a platform for nascent, disruptive charities and NGOs addressing TODAY's issues that would otherwise never secure funding.

Our programs

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

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HaYoreh: The First Rains

Taxation on Charity

Illui Student Loans and Schlorships

Fourth Son

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

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

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

It is administratively and financially impossible today to establish new charities and NGOs for the benefit of Israel and the Jewish community. The start-up costs, as much in expertise as in financial expenses have grown prohibitive. RHIF has adopted an "assembly line" accelerator model, long-established in both Israel and the USA for high-technology start-ups and applied it to nascent charities and NGOs. This sharing of expertise, administrative platform, and legal structures has successfully reduced per charity costs by over 50% each.

RHIF has created one of the largest assembly line/accelerators for the launching of Jewish NGOs and charities in the world. RHIF has accomplished this on a bootstrap strategy from marketing to compliance and from office space to director expertise. RHIF now provides a full range of services at less than half costs to any individual start-up charity in Israel.

RHIF took two years developing its strategy and business plan at Harvard and Columbia, which was explicitly designed as a state-of-the-art intersection of Wall Street and Jewish philanthropy. It is the first application in Jewish philanthropy of the social enterprise models espoused by professors Christine Letts at Harvard and Joan Spiro at Columbia.

RHIF employs extensive KPI's (key performance indicators) and benchmarks both for itself, and its nascent NGOs. Explicit targets and objectives are identified, progress monitored and funding allocated based upon successful implementation. All programs bootstrapped initially, impart to prove the demand for their services was real and not merely theoretical. This is very much a Wall Street Model as distinct from a traditional philanthropic model.

In 2017 RHIF enjoyed exponential growth both in donations and services it could then provide. The initial cohort of RHIF's selected charities and NGOs witnessed a 100% success rate--the envy of any venture capital accelerator. 2018's plan is to provide a broader foundation to both cohort and RHIF itself rather than take on the second group of new charities. A primary objective for 2018 is securing long-term facilities in Tel-Aviv that can house both an expanded roster of charities and NGOs as well as expanded staff.

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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?



Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?



Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?