JFN Israel Members and First Lady Connect on Climate Change

Members of JFN and the Forum of Foundations in Israel (FFI) came together last week for a joint event focusing on climate change.

Israeli First Lady Michal Herzog addressed the group, highlighting the presidential leadership role in forming the Israeli Climate Forum and citing a recent McKinsey report calling on philanthropy to step up the fight against climate change and emphasizing the crucial role of philanthropy in addressing climate change in all areas of giving.

Dr. Dov Khenin, Chair of The Israeli Climate Forum, Former MK emphasized the urgency to act now and the unique flexibility of philanthropy to generate change in all aspects of life.

Sigal Yaniv Feller, JFN Israel's Executive Director, talked about JFN’s Green Funders Forum, its consulting services to help funders develop their strategies for climate-related funding, and its role in facilitating philanthropic collaborations.

Dr. Tali Yariv Mashal, Executive Director of the Beracha Foundation, Chair of FFI, and JFN member Ram Amar shared lessons learned from funding and leading the NZO initiative for net-zero emissions, and Tali shared how her foundation has incorporated sustainability principles in all of its work, including in education and culture.

Leading experts from the Israeli Climate Forum shared how climate intersects with other philanthropic areas, including education, urban development, employment, and services for vulnerable populations.

The event also included group discussions, dinner, and networking.

To learn more about JFN's Green Funders Forum and consulting opportunities on climate funding, contact Gil Yaacov

Watch a video of the program (in Hebrew) below:

The event was hosted at Start-Up Nation Central