Rebuilding Alliance

Build, Empower, Advocate

aka Rebuilding Alliance   |   Redwood City, CA   |  www.RebuildingAlliance.org

Mission

Rebuilding Alliance is dedicated to advancing equal rights for Palestinians through education, advocacy, and support that assures Palestinian families the right to a home, schooling, economic security, safety, and a promising future. Our life-affirming vision is to realize a just and enduring peace in Palestine and Israel founded upon equal rights, equal security, and equal opportunity for all.

Ruling year info

2005

Executive Director

Ms. Donna Baranski-Walker

Main address

50 Woodside Plaza Suite 627

Redwood City, CA 94061 USA

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EIN

56-2392452

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (Q01)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

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What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The real problem is the lack of equal rights. In Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza, and in Israel, Palestinians need homes, jobs, education, safety, legal services, and the ability to plan their community's future. On July 18, 2018, Israel passed a Basic Law (equivalent to a constitutional law) entitled ‘Israel the nation state of the Jewish People’. The law states that "the exercise of the right to national self-determination in the State of Israel is unique to the Jewish People", thus excluding all others. It also stated that "Jerusalem, complete and united, is the capital of Israel" overlooking the final-status negotiations promised in their agreements with Palestinians. The new Basic Law also stated that, "The State views the development of Jewish settlement as a national value, and shall act to encourage and promote its establishment and strengthening." In addition to Israel’s continuing blockade of Gaza, this law has immediate impact in the West Bank, Israel, and Jerusalem.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Boost Kindergarten, keep Al Aqaba Village standing

The Palestinian village of al-Aqaba, a model village, is challenged by daily Israeli military training too nearby and the threat of house demolitions. So stressful for children, this is where their vibrant kindergarten plays a vital role. This kindergarten, the beating heart of the village, turned out to also be its guardian in Israel's High Court. Provide scholarships and healthy breakfasts for Al Aqaba's kindergarteners. Give them a great start and assure that this peaceful village remains standing.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Send solar-powered lanterns and solar charging systems through Israel's blockade of Gaza to children, so they can study and play safely when the power is out. Two companies, Little Sun TM and Luci Light TM, offer a 2-for-1 matching grant to send twice as many lights to Gaza. A solar system designed by a Gaza engineer, SunBox, can charge a phone, small-laptop, refrigerator or TV, and connect households to the internet. Empower Gaza's next generation, open the blockade, and bring hope to all.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

We know how to keep Palestinian neighborhoods standing — and it works. When constituents urge Congress to intervene to ease state-sponsored violence, their calls make all the difference. In this time of crisis, we ask your help to launch an urgent action network to link Israeli & Palestinian peacemakers with peace groups, places of worship, schools and universities, and the U.S. Congress to tell what they are experiencing. Help us continue to bring Palestinian children to speak to Congress.

On their websites, every U.S. Senator and Rep. promises to help constituents resolve urgent issues with U.S. agencies and this is not lobbying. Palestinian homes, schools, and neighborhoods are being harassed and destroyed to push people off their land. But unlike natural disasters, man-made disasters can be prevented. Rebuilding Alliance asks your help to extend ‘friends don’t let friends drive drunk’ Congressional interventions to ease tensions and bring about justice and peace.

More Congressional offices than ever are scheduling with us for briefing meetings with our speakers, in person or by phone. Our record is 54 meetings in one week in Washington DC, with 360 offices asking to meet. In addition, bringing Palestinian children and their parents to Congress to describe what peace means has been the most effective advocacy we've seen. We ask your help to bring everyone on tour because once you meet them and email Congress, their intervention makes all the difference.

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth

Thirty families from Al Aqaba Village asked your help to build affordable homes on the land they own. 95% of Al Aqaba, a Palestinian village in the West Bank, was under demolition order by the Israeli Army. Families want to return home - otherwise their village will cease to exist. Families invested all their savings and Rebuilding Alliance provided financing to help them build new homes in accordance with their village's master plan. Al Aqaba's villagers formed a credit union to issue affordable revolving loans - your gift will keep giving as families repay their loans so more families can start building.

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth

Our journey began with a passionate intern and for two years, the much-anticipated music center in Al Aqaba was a dream coming true. 41 students gather after school to learn violin, viola and cello. Lina Karamali's hard work has created a Center, bringing together a community of people united through music, exploring the value of music in restoring spirit and heart. And after only a few months of playing, the young students were invited to perform at universities. Let's keep this going!

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

When they first created their master-zoning plan, the Palestinian villagers of Susiya shared a hopeful vision of a future on the land that they own in the West Bank's Area C. Now the villagers, working with two architects, will soon open an architectural design competition to invite architects, designers, planners to transform Susiya's master plan into drawings and 3D models and a speaking tour to inspire the world through good design and community engagement.

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth

Named for the 12th century Islamic philosopher who believed in rationalism over fundamentalism, the Ibn Rush'd Library serves the youth of Al Aqaba Village and the neighboring countryside. With 5000 books, and a good day-to-day program, a visionary team seeks to expand reading programs for children into the countryside by partnering with the Tamer Institute to launch a bookmobile, while expanding the library to provide a resource center for children with speech and reading disabilities.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

'Gaza in Color' is a traveling, interactive, exhibition with over 100 original works by Palestinian artists in Gaza. Despite the ongoing 12-year blockade, this exhibition brings the artists' visions and hopes to a broad audience. It includes videotaped interviews and also 'Live from Gaza' teleconferences with the artists and writers. They also directly benefit from the sale of their paintings and prints. (Recently the U.S. government cut aid to UN schools, clinics, and US agencies providing food aid.) Come, host this exhibition, restore humanity through art.

We so look forward to bringing the artists on tour with their paintings in the year ahead.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents

Children are going hungry in Gaza. Their faces are haunting, their mothers' stories, heartbreaking.Cancer patients are running out of medicines. In August, schools will teach three shifts daily, three children to a desk. In 2018, President Trump cut all forms of US aid to Palestinians including food aid, medical aid, and all aid for education - and there's nothing our Congress can do to override. But there's a way that people can help. Let's begin.

Challenge

12 years of blockade on Gaza means that virtually no exports are allowed. There's widespread darkness with power only recently available for 12hrs/day, rolling blackouts. With no exports, few imports, and no means of production, jobs have plummeted resulting in 55% unemployment, and > 72% unemployment for young people under 30. The unemployment means few can buy local, causing more layoffs... this is economic collapse that the World Bank and the UN warned about. Families need a way to hold on.
Solution

A huge problem- but to paraphrase Nabeel Hamdi, "To do something BIG, start small and start where it counts." Help us begin, child by child, family by family. Each week, our NGO partners will work with a family to deliver nutritional food, solar lights, and rehabilitate their barely-livable homes. Our team will provide goats, chickens to families who can raise animals, plant gardens, and give stipends to employers for 3-month job-training to offer men & women a way to learn as they work for pay.

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

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

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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Increasing

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Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Rebuilding Alliance seeks to realize a just and enduring peace in Palestine and Israel founded upon equal rights, equal security, and equal opportunity. We help Palestinian families hold on to their homes, schools, and communities through community-directed construction and development programs and grassroots and diplomatic advocacy especially in the U.S. We work to ease trauma, build trust, strengthen peacemakers, advance law, and press policy-makers forward in tangible ways.

o We use crowd-funding to build our base, fund projects, and engage constituents to call Congress for their intervention. We also created a mobile app to help constituents more effectively reach Congress.

o We bring Palestinians and Israelis to speak to Congress, and we found it particularly effective to bring children to describe their vision of peace to awaken policy makers to their responsibility.

o We recently established a program to bring Congressional members and their staff to Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza to gain first-hand knowledge.

o We work with partners to further each other's goals, e.g. sending solar lights to Gaza's children in partnership with Palestinian NGO's.

o We present the results of our careful research through action alerts.

Rebuilding Alliance focuses on community engagement, practical solutions, and solid, well-researched advocacy. Our board is filled by practical people who believe in our work. Board members meet every month, and they volunteer to assist on delegations and help to organize fundraising. Our current and past staff includes engineers, a social worker, teachers, a philosopher/writer, a congressional organizer, an experienced accountant, and a fiery development director who knew how to prioritize and get things done. Rebuilding Alliance is a member of the Association of International Development Agencies in Jerusalem, and part of UNOCHA's Shelter Cluster, Protection Cluster, and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Cluster. Our Executive Director is a member of Rotary, which believes in 'service above self'. We have also worked with Rotary Clubs in Israel and Palestine to implement a Birthing Center project in the West Bank, and those connections continue to open many doors.

We partner with the writers at We Are Not Numbers, and with the mobile app developers at Gamiphy.co. We work directly with four Palestinian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Gaza and three in the West Bank, as well as three NGOs in Israel. With our newest project, Gaza in Color: Stories from Behind the Wall, we are working with artists in Gaza to establish a traveling U.S. art show.

We have become expert in bringing solar lights to children in Gaza (35,600 lights so far), and that has opened doors for new shipping proposals — we've learned how to get pre-approval from three governments in advance of each shipment. That work also enabled our Executive Director, Donna Baranski-Walker, to qualify for a multiple entry permit to Gaza, allowing her to visit our partners and UN agencies three times in 2018.

Because Rebuilding Alliance has been working in Palestine for over 15 years, and because our programs are innovative, successful, and make a difference, we're very well connected —  State Department officials in previous administrations said we were able to do things they were incapable of doing. Since 2008, Rebuilding Alliance has walked the halls of Congress, and we learned how a call from Senate or House staff can be to keep Palestinian villages standing — and we've created a mobile app to help Constituents ask for such intervention.

Volunteers are invaluable. We provide them with insight and training to help them realize their dreams, while using their efforts to move projects forward. One remarkable example is our Collective Song Music Center program. A high school intern worked with us for three summers. Because she was keenly interested in the role of music in healing, she did all the detail work and fundraising to create a music program in Al Aqaba Village (the 'nurture' component of our work) — a great accomplishment!

o We successfully pushed Google to place hundreds of omitted Palestinian villages on Google maps (they had mapped Israeli settlements but left off the villages next door);

o We held some 320 in-person and teleconferenced briefings with Congress to keep the villages of Susiya and Khan al Ahmar safe from demolition and forced relocation;

o We're using our partnerships and technical expertise to expand our green energy offerings in Gaza to include solar-powered water purification (— potable water is a very deep need);

o We're planning our next Congressional Leadership Learning Mission to Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza to include the newly elected members of Congress. To provide participants with an understanding of the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a focus on how the 70 years of occupation have affected Palestinians and Israelis and led to current conditions. The trip will examine the impact of US funding cutbacks, as the US no longer provides aid for the food, education, or health of Palestinian children. Particular attention will be given to the rights of Palestinian children and families to a home, to safety, security, and opportunity, including in the 62% of the West Bank under Israeli control. The program will include discussion of how the peaceful aspirations of all can be furthered when Palestinians and Israelis both enjoy the benefits of basic human rights, and how U.S. policy and aid can and should support those aspirations;

o We'll soon be announcing an architectural design competition with the Palestinian Village of Susiya, inviting architects and city planners to compete to design the village in accordance with their master plan, as a way to help the world envision what a bright and vibrant village this could be; and

o We are bringing Palestinian children to Congress to present their Pinwheels for Peace to describe what peace means to them.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Rebuilding Alliance

Board of directors
as of 02/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Jamal Alradaideh

Rebuilding Alliance Board of Directors

Term: 2015 - 2020


Board co-chair

Mr. Paul Gardner

Whole House Building Supply

Term: 2018 - 2020

Paul Gardner

Rebuilding Alliance Board of Directors

Betsy Valdes

Rebuilding Alliance Board of Directors

Dore Stein

Rebuilding Alliance Board of Directors

Jamal Alradaideh

Rebuilding Alliance Board of Directors

Beverly Voloshin

Rebuilding Alliance Board of Directors

Justin Vogel

Rebuilding Alliance Board of Directors

Erin Northington

Rebuilding Alliance Board of Directors

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 ? 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? 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

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/30/2020

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)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/30/2019

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.