HOPE FOR A MORE PEACEFUL REALITY

What we do

Amal-Tikva brings together philanthropists, field experts, organizations and activists to support civil society peacebuilding between Israelis and Palestinians.

  • For NGOs and Activists: We bring capacity-building and funding opportunities, as well as guidance on best practices for scalability, impact and sustainability.
     

  • For donors: We offer due diligence for organizational commitments to program excellence, monitoring and evaluation, and financial integrity.
     

  • For the whole field: We maximize impact by convening stakeholders at all levels as we guide them through strategic development, program implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

 

Why we do it

Our Theory of Change

We believe that a community of NGOs, donors, experts, and activists working strategically and collaboratively as a field will enable civil society organizations to change the zero-sum nature of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, making it feel more resolvable to all relevant stakeholders, which is a key first step toward building a just and lasting peace.

 

How we do it

Fieldbuilding 360

    • We convene, support, and build capacity for cohorts of peacebuilding organizations who want to work more effectively and in coordination with one another.

    • We introduce participating NGOs to philanthropic and academic partners. 

    • We stimulate a cooperative culture within cohorts, creating a habit of turning to each other for partnership, support, and mentorship. 

    • We help build financial sustainability, by encouraging partnerships, income-generating models, and varying income sources.

 

Embodying Peace

We offer a platform for international volunteers to support peacebuilding organizations virtually. We do this by identifying scarcities in organizational operations and transforming them into opportunities for impactful volunteer opportunities. We recruit volunteers from around the world, expanding the circle of volunteers that build capacity for local civil society. 

  • Digital Peacebuilding
    A trilingual platform to discuss challenges and propose solutions together.

  • Virtual Peace Education and Tourism

    • We are honored to highlight the work of hundreds of civil society leaders, activists, youth, and clergy working with different populations and a variety of theories-of-change all toward peace. Take advantage of one of our curated itineraries or let us work with you to tailor the program specifically to your audience.

  • Emergency NGO Support

    • We have been working around the clock supporting NGOs with managing real-time crises related to the following issues:

      • Secure emergency funding,

      • Create emergency strategic and fundraising plans,

      • Troubleshoot financial, legal, or human resource issues,

      • Help secure permits, 

      • Redesign or evaluate educational programs

    • If you are an NGO who needs support on these issues, contact us!

 

Urgent Need

Cross-border peacebuilding NGOs seek to resolve one of, if not the, most complex and intractable conflicts in the world.

 

Right now, these NGOS are facing a serious moment of reckoning, which began when the field lost nearly half of its funding as a result of US foreign assistance withdrawals in early 2019, and has only intensified with annexation lurking in parallel to the detriment of the COVID-19 pandemic. NGO leaders are scrambling to raise sufficient funds and manage complex logistical realities, let alone dedicate time to matching rhetorical ambitions with sound theories of change and scalable models that can generate measurable societal impact.

This is a powerful moment for peacebuilding, with the potential to replace bad habits of redundancy and inefficiency with strategy and impact.

 

While a significant number of organizations are primed for serious impact, the present reality within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated unprecedented levels of strategic thinking and cooperative partnerships in order to succeed. Over the last few months we have identified an overall feeling in the field of readiness to scale, coupled with a willingness to join forces with new partners.

 

Amal-Tikva did something no one ever did before: answering questions we always asked as funders but with a depth and width we couldn't achieve as outsiders. Their systematic approach is the place to start for activists, philanthropists, and governments who want to understand and support peacebuilding.

Scott Rasmussen, former US diplomat, funder

Meet our team

Meredith Rothbart, Co-Founder and CEO

Meredith brings 10 years of experience with Israeli and Palestinian NGOs in project management, development, strategic planning, and leadership. She recently stepped down as Director of Kids4Peace to focus on developing Amal-Tikva. Meredith holds an MA from Hebrew University in Community Development. She lives in Jerusalem with her husband and children.

Basheer Abu Baker, Co-Founder and CFO

Basheer is a CPA/MBA with over 10 years experience in the private sector, and 10 years working with Israeli and Palestinian NGOs as a financial manager. As CFO of Hand-in-Hand, Basheer created the infrastructure for exponential growth, in partnership with government, private, and philanthropic partners. Basheer lives in Jerusalem with his wife and daughters.

Amitai Abouzaglo, Director of International Engagement 

Amitai joined Amal-Tikva in November 2020. As the founder and Executive Director of Embodying Peace, he brings 4 years of experience bridging internationals and local NGOs in constructive solidarity. Amitai graduated from Harvard College in 2020 with a degree in the Comparative Study of Religion. He lives in Jerusalem. 

Julia Schreiber, Monitoring & Evaluation Intern

Julia brings experience in the private sector (employee and organizational development) and in research. She holds a Master in Psychology from Free University of Berlin and is currently part of the Embodying Peace fellowship. She is very interested in the psychological processes that lie behind conflicts and hopes that she will be able to contribute her knowledge in the future to foster peace. She lives in Munich, Germany.