STRENGTHENINGISRAELISOCIETY STRATEGIC GRANTMAKING GRANTEE SPOTLIGHT: NIVCHAROT Nivcharot is the first and only ultra-Orthodox feminist organization in Israel. The organization brings different issues that relate to the status of ultra-Orthodox women to the agenda of the media; specifically, their right for representation in the national and local decision-making centers. Nivcharot acts in inter-community circles to increase awareness and education, and in external circles for advocacy and promoting rights and voice to ultra-Orthodox women. Through social media, conferences, leadership programs, workshops, preparation of position papers, depositions and opinion articles to be presented to the Knesset, and the establishment of a prestigious leadership academy, Nivcharot hopes to increase Haredi women’s political representation in all sectors of Israeli society. We play a leading role in strengthening Israeli society by promoting pluralism, democracy, and equal opportunity for all of Israel’s citizens. In 2017-2018, we continued our strategic focus on shared society by bringing the various “tribes” of Israel (secular, religious, ultra-Orthodox, and Arab) into each other’s spheres for a more cohesive future, and have increased our efforts on working across sectors to create systemic and lasting change. GVANIM The Gvanim program works to strengthen Israel’s democracy by creating a cadre of leaders who are invested in a shared, pluralistic vision for Israel’s future and work towards that vision within their own circles of influence. Of the hundreds who apply each year, 16 professionals, representing every religious and economic sector of Israeli society, are selected to participate. This year, we hosted a second cohort of “Israeli Gvanim,” which included non-Jewish participants representative of Israeli society. Today, there are 250 alumni, and members have initiated more than 80 social action projects with hundreds of secondary participants. Gvanim programs have been implemented into 15 Israeli organiza- tions that include the IDF, youth movements, and the Knesset, working to harness the deep diversity of the participants to enhance the organization's core business.  Aluma for Social Involvement and Jewish Identity - Bat-Ami American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Association for Change in Education AvraTech BINA Gvanim Network: Leadership Development to Promote Pluralism in Israel Hinam Center for Social Tolerance (Mechavnim Lemala) INJAZ - Center for Professional Arab Local Governance iRep - Israel Religious Expression Platform Juha's Guesthouse Ma'ase Center Association Matan - Invest in the Community (United Way Israel) Moona - a Space for Change Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development (NISPED) New Spirit - Students for Jerusalem Nivcharot Rothschild Caesarea Foundation Shaharit Tebeka - Advocacy for Equality & Justice for Ethiopian-Israelis The Institute for Democratic Education Tsofen - High Technology Centers Ltd. 6