In early 2001 it was decided that in order to grow and sustain the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, external support was needed. In 2003 “Machon HaArava” was established in the United States by business professionals, academics and founding members of Kibbutz Ketura.
Known today as Friends of the Arava Institute (FAI), the organization is governed of a Board of Trustees of 37 members across the United States and Canada, with a 17-person Board of Directors, and an Advisory Council provides additional support. FAI supports the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies through public awareness, student recruitment, and by raising approximately 80% of the Arava Institute’s core operating budget. This support enables the Institute to carry out its critical work of training the next generation of environmental leaders in the Middle East.
The Friends of the Arava Institute’s mission is to support the critical work of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies through public awareness, student recruitment and fundraising campaigns. Your contribution ensures the education of new environmental leaders who will build a more sustainable and pluralistic future in the Middle East. The Friends of the Arava Institute is a US registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and donations are tax deductible.