Frequently Asked Questions

Friends of the Arava Institute: Frequently Asked Questions

Is my donation tax deductible?

The Friends of the Arava Institute is a US registered 501c3 charity and donations are tax-deducible in accordance with the guidelines of the federal tax code.

How will my donation be used?

The Arava Institute is a non-governmental non-for-profit organization.  General donations to the Friends of the Arava Institute support the scholarship fund for Middle Eastern students, the Academic Program, the Peace-building and Environmental Leadership Seminar (PELS), the research centers and the alumni programs. 

Does the Arava Institute have an endowment?

In 2011, the Arava Institute received its first $1,000,000 endowment from the Jerome Toffler estate. Proceeds from the endowment fund the programs mentioned above.

Who funds the Arava Institute?

Funding for the Arava Institute is from diverse sources. These include:

  • Members of the Board of Trustees of the Friends of the Arava Institute
  • Individual donors and family trusts
  • Alumni of the Arava Institute
  • Private foundation grants
  • US and European government grants
  • The annual Arava Institute Hazon Israel Ride (a charity bike ride in Israel)
  • The Jewish National Fund
  • A number of different offices of the Israeli government including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Science, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Regional Cooperation and the Ministry of Negev and Galil Development

In addition, in the beginning of 2013 the Arava Institute launched the Public Council for the Arava Institute in Israel whose purpose is to raise awareness and funds in Israel.