To create conditions conducive to peace between Palestine and Israel through shared innovative initiatives cultivating empathy, addressing asymmetry in resources and infrastructure. Realizing a shared future of security and opportunity.
Our Strategy and Focus
To support initiatives aligned with a peaceful and inclusive transition through funding relationship building, connecting, and where possible and appropriate logistical facilitation. We work to advance the practice of peace, transforming the rhetoric of hate that reduces a complex conflict to manipulated narratives. Our approach is influenced by the concept that systems evolve out of paradigms, hence our interest in transforming the paradigm.
Our primary focus is a specific approach to the conflict between Israelis and Palestinian. Our commitment is to support and elevate those that build community, that recognize both sides have suffered, both sides are culpable, both sides are essential to transform the suffering into communities that experience safety, dignity, security, and opportunity. We focus on opportunities that offer acupressure points with potential leverage and impact advancing nonviolent transformation from anger, violence, fear, and oppression to respect, dignity and co-creation of a resilient flourishing region.
2019 Grant Recipients
Grant Cycle Guidelines:
We are focused on a conflict that is fixed in a specific region of the Middle East but has significance beyond its defined geographic area. As our name suggests the Middle East Peace Funding Circle attends to dynamics in Palestine and Israel. Efforts and impact in this region hold potential as models for other conflicts.
We consider organizations and projects with budgets of less than two million dollars annually.
We prefer diversity and consider it, but do not have articulated criteria. Interestingly, most of our grantees have women and men in leadership and/or on the Board, and include Palestinian and Israeli leaders.
We do work to influence paradigms and practices in civil society that we expect will eventually influence policy and advocacy. Part of our strategy in funding Encounter Programs is that it will lead to influential stakeholder in the American Jewish leadership will be mobilized and to impact advocacy and policy.