The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the Israeli Ministry of Justice, and Yad Hanadiv (The Rothschild Foundation) have launched GuideStar Israel, a project operated by NPTech Technologies for Nonprofit Organizations. NPTech is an Israeli nonprofit organization founded by the JDC–Israel and Yad Hanadiv.
The new website—www.guidestar.org.il—makes information from government sources about Israel’s more than 30,000 nonprofit organizations available in Hebrew and Arabic, as well as voluntary information supplied by the organizations in various languages. GuideStar Israel is the world’s third GuideStar program after those established in the U.S. and England and was created in full cooperation with GuideStar International.
“The establishment of GuideStar Israel is another important step in the continued development of Israel’s philanthropic community. We’re proud to be joining with the government of Israel and Yad Hanadiv to help ensure the health and effectiveness of Israeli nonprofits through this venture,” said JDC CEO Steven Schwager.
GuideStar Israel will allow nonprofits and the general public to research information about the wide variety of Israeli nonprofit organizations. The information provided will be updated regularly and will include details about organizations’ governance, goals, organizational address, financial reporting, the way it uses its resources to advance its goals, as well as information on its Audit Committees and Boards of Directors.
Additionally, GuideStar Israel will allow organizations to upload information directly to the site, in various languages. This will allow nonprofits to establish a web presence easily and promote their goals to donors, volunteers, peer organizations, and others who are visiting the site.