European Research Network on Philanthropy

Tel Aviv UniversityInstitut for Law and Philanthropy Tel Aviv University
Buchmann Faculty of Law
Institute for Law and Philanthropy
Website: Institute for Law and Philanthropy

Galia Feit
The Institute for Law and Philanthropy
Faculty of Law / Tel Aviv University
email: gfeit@

Nissan Limor
The Institute for Law and Philanthropy
Faculty of Law / Tel Aviv University
email: nissan1@

Yoram Margalioth
The Institute for Law and Philanthropy
Faculty of Law / Tel Aviv University
email: margalio@

Guy Schultz
The Institute for Law and Philanthropy
Faculty of Law / Tel Aviv University
email: schultz@

Individual members


Ilana F. Silber
Bar-Ilan University
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Email: ifsilber@


Galit Yanay-Ventura

The Max Stern Yezreel Valley College

Email: galit.yv@


Current research projects on philanthropy in Israël

The Center for the Study of Philanthropy in Israel at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, established in 2006 in cooperation with the Israel-Joint Distribution Committee, aims to enhance existing knowledge in the field and to provide an appropriate academic framework for achieving that goal. The Center is engaged in efforts to develop and promote basic and applied research knowledge on philanthropy in Israel and in Jewish communities throughout the world. Current research projects on philanthropy are:

Michal Almog-Bar:
– Policy initiatives towards the Third Sector in comparative perspective.
– Advocacy activities in nonprofit human service organizations.
– Advocacy by nonprofit organizations and their influence upon public policy making.
– Philanthropic foundations and their influence upon social policy making processes.
– Nonprofit organizations providing social services and the creation of an alternative welfare sphere.
Luisa Levi D’Ancona Modena Ph.D:
– Jewish philanthropy in Europe. Changes and challenges
– History of Jewish philanthropy in Italy
– Philanthropy and Jewish identity
Ritov Ilana:
– Psychological determinants of motivation for philanthropic activity: Identifiability effect in different social categorizations the Israeli society
Avishag Rudich:
– Giving Israel- an integrated picture of Israel’s philanthropic arena.
– New patterns of philanthropy in Israel.
– The impact of the Israeli philanthropists on the Israeli nonprofit organization.
– The relationship between public and private funding of Israeli nonprofits and it’s relationship to civic engagement.
– Israeli philanthropic Foundations
Hillel Schmid Ph.D:
– Relationships between Government and for-profit and nonprofit organizations delivering human and social services.
– Relationships between nonprofit organizations providing personal and social services and the for- profit sector.
– The political activity of nonprofit organizations delivering human and social services.
– Leadership styles and leadership change in voluntary nonprofit organizations.
– New patterns of philanthropy in Israel.

Current state of Giving Research in Israel

Information on data and current state of giving research in Israël will follow shortly.

Auerbach  G. (2009). About Philanthropy, Effectiveness, and Education.
Bar, M. (2004). Between Silence and a Shout: The Political Activity of Voluntary Welfare Organizations in The Policy Making Process Towards Children with Disabilities in Israel. Jerusalem: Schwartz Graduate Program for Directors of Community and Nonprofit Organizations and Public Policy, HebrewUniversityof Jerusalem. (Hebrew).

Bar, M., & Schmid, H. (2005). A prefatory essay, Nonprofit Organizations: Trends and Changes. A special edition of Social Security 70 (December), 5-12. (Hebrew).

Gidron B.,Katz H.,Barmor H.,Katan J.,Silber I. and M. Telias, “Through a New Lens: The Third Sector and Israeli Society”, Israel Studies, 8(1) , 2003, 20-59.
Gidron B., “Patterns and Scope of Public Funding As a Reflection of the Policy Towards the Third Sector in Israel”, State & Society, 2(1) , 2002, 43-66, in Hebrew.
Gidron B. and H. Katz, “Patterns of Government Funding To Third Sector Organizations As Reflecting a De-Facto Policy and Their Implications on the Structure of the Sector in Israel”, International Journal of Public Administration, 24 (11) , 2001, 1133-1160.

Haski-Levental D. and Kabalo P. (2009). A Historical Overview of Monetary Philanthropy In and For Israel In The 20th century.

Haski-Leventhal D. (2005). To be or not to be: Retention and turnover among volunteers, Qualitative research of volunteers at a rape crisis center. Jerusalem: Hebrew University in Jerusalem. (In Hebrew).

Haski-Leventhal D., & Bar-Gal, D. (2006). Retention and turnover among volunteers at a Rape Crisis Centre, Society and Welfare, 26(1), 59-85 (in Hebrew).
Haski-Leventhal, D. (2007). Management of volunteers as an emerging profession in Israel. Social Security, 74, 121-144. (In Hebrew).
Haski-Leventhal, D., & Bar-Gal, D. (2008). The volunteering stages and transitions model: Organizational socialization of volunteers. Human Relations, 61(1), 67-102 .
Haski-Leventhal, D., Ben-Arieh, A., & Melton, G. (2008). Between Neighborliness and Volunteerism: The Participants in the Strong Communities Initiative. Family and Community Health, 31(2), 150-161.
Haski-Leventhal, D., Cnaan, R. A., & Handy, F. (2008). Students’ vocational choice and voluntary action: A 12-nation study. Voluntas, 19(1), 1-21.
Haski-Leventhal, D., Ronel, N., York, A., & Ben-David, B. (2008). Youth volunteering for youth: Who are they serving, how are they being served. Children and Youth Services Review.
Hustinx, L., Haski-Leventhal, D., & Handy, F. (2008). One of a kind? Comparing Episodic and Regular Volunteers at the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House. IJOVA, 15(3), 50-66.
Katz, H., & Haski-Leventhal, D. (2008). Religion and Philanthropy. Civil Society and Third Sector in Israel, 3 (In Hebrew). 6.

Levi D’Ancona L., (2003). ‘“Notabili e dame” nella filantropia ebraica ottocentesca: casi di studio in Francia, Italia e Inghilterra’, Quaderni Storici 114 :741-776

Levi D’Ancona L., (2006). Philanthropy and politics: strategies of Jewish bourgeois in Italy, France and England between the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries, Traverse Revue d’histoire, 1: 83-100

Levi D’Ancona L., e Francesconi F.,(2007), Vita e società ebraica di Modena e Reggio Emilia. L’Età dei ghetti, Modena.

Levi D’Ancona L., (forthcoming). Jewish philantropy in 19th and 20th century Italy, in Weinsten R.(ed), The Jews of Italy, Jerusalem.

Levi D’Ancona L., (forthcoming) I filantropi ebrei nella Ricostruzione: il caso di Milano in Atti del Convegno di studi in onore di Astorre Mayer, Milano.

Levi D’Ancona L., (forthcoming )., Jewish and non-Jewish refugeees in Italy between the world wars, in Weber K.(ed), Jewish philanthropy in Europe, London.

Ronel, N., Haski-Leventhal, D., Ben-David, B. & York, A. (2009). Perceived Altruism – A Neglected Factor in Intervention and Research. International Journal of Offender Therapy & Comparative Criminology, 53, 191-210.
Haski-Leventhal, D., & Cnaan, R. A. (2009). Group processes and volunteering: Enhancing recruitment and retention. Administration in Social Work, 33, 1-20.
Haski-Leventhal, D., Meijs L.C.P.M., & Hustinx, L. (in press). The third party model: Enhancing volunteering through governments, corporations and educational institutes. Journal of Social Policy.
Haski-Leventhal, D. (2009). Volunteering among Israeli students: A cross-national comparison, Social Security, 79, 141-163. (In Hebrew).
Haski-Leventhal, D., & McLeigh, J.D. (in press). Firefighters volunteering beyond their duty: An essential asset in rural communities Journal of Rural Community Development.
Haski-Leventhal, D., Gelles, R.. J., & Cnaan, R. A. (in press). Social work gate-keeping: The dilemma of admitting convicted felons to MSW programs. International Social Work.
Haski-Leventhal, D. (in press). Altruism and Volunteerism: The perceptions of altruism in four disciplines and their impact on the study of volunteerism. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour.
Haski-Leventhal, D. (in press). Elderly Volunteering and Well-being: A Cross-European Comparison. Voluntas.
Katz H., “Strengthening the Conceptual Foundations of Civil Society Operationalizations: Discussing Heinrich’s ‘Studying Civil Society Across the World”, Journal of Civil Society, 2(2) , 2007, 173-177.
Katz H., “Gramsci, Hegemony, and Global Civil Society Networks”, Voluntas, 17(4) , 2007, 333-348.
Katz H.,Elon Y.,Raviv E., Levinson E.,Yogev H.,Yaacobi M. and B. Gidron, “Third Sector Organizations During the Second Lebanon War – Advantages, Limitations and Relations with Government”, Civil Society and Third Sector in Israel, 1(1) , 2007, 39-64, in Hebrew.

Rudich A., (2008) The Philanthropic Relationships Between Two Social Welfare Departments and Voluntary Bodies – A New Arena for Funding Welfare Services? Masters’ thesis supervised by Dr. Uri Yanai. The HebrewUniversity. (Hebrew).

Rudich A., (2007). Not Only Love of Mankind–Philanthropy: A Research Overview. Jerusalem: The Center for the Study of Philanthropy in Israel, The HebrewUniversity.

Shemer O., & Schmid, H. (2006). Toward a redefinition of community partnership: A Three-dimensional approach. Hevra Verevaha. 26(3), 327-354.

Shimoni B. (2008). Business and New Philanthropy in Israel: Ethnography of Mega Donors. Jerusalem: The Center for the Study of Philanthropy in Israel, The Hebrew University.

Schmid, H., (2006) Leadership styles and leadership change in human and community service organizations. In R.A.Cnaan & C. Milofsky (Eds.), Values, Passion and Trust in Nonprofit Organizations, 395-409.

Schmid, H., (2006) Leadership styles and leadership change in human and community service organizations.Nonprofit menagement & Leadership. Vol. 27(2), 179-194.

Shemer, O. & Schmid, H. (2007). Toward a new definiton of partnership: A three dimensional approach. Journal of Rural cooperation, 35 (2), 123-139.

Schmid, H. (2007). Childern and youth at risk in Israel: Findings and reconnemdations to improve their well being. Children and Youth Services Review, 29(8), 1114-1128.

Schmid, H. & Hasenfeld, Y. (2008). Contracting out social services. Encyclopedia of Social Work.

Schmid, H., Bar, M., & Nirel, R. (2008). Advocacy roles of nonprofit human service organizations: Implications for policy. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. 37(4), 581-602.

Schmid, H. & Blit-Cohen, E. (2009). University and social involement at the neighbourhood level: implications for social work education. Journal of Teaching in Social Work. 29, 1-20.

Schmid, H. (2009). Agency-environment relations: Understanding external and natural environments. In R. Patti (Ed.) The Handbook of Human Services Management, 411-433.

Schmid, H. (2009). Organizational change in human service organizations: Theories, boundaries, strategies and implementation. In Y. Hasenfeld (Ed.) Human services as complex organizations. (2nd. Edition), 455-479.

Schmid, H. (2009). Leadership styles and leadership change in human and community organizations. In Y. Hasenfeld (Ed.). Human services organizations as complex organizations. (2nd edition), 193-206.

Schmid, H. (2009). The contingencies of nonprofit leadership. In J.Kane, H.Patapon and P.T. Hart (Eds.), Dispersed Leadership in Democracies. Oxford, England: OxfordUniversity Press, 193-210.

Schmid H. & Rudich A., (2009) Private Philanthropy in Israel- A Pioneering Study. Jerusalem: The Center for the Study of Philanthropy in Israel, The Hebrew University. (Hebrew)

Schmid H., & Rudich A.,(2009). The Implications of the Decline in Philanthropy on Israeli Non-profit Organizations and Social Services – A Position paper towards the “president’s conference”. Jerusalem: The Center for the Study of Philanthropy in Israel, The HebrewUniversity.

Schmid H., & Rudich A.,(2008). Public Opinion Survey on Philanthropy in Israel. Jerusalem: The Center for the Study of Philanthropy in Israel, The HebrewUniversity.

Schmid, H., Bar, M. & Nirel, R. (In press). Advocacy Activities in Nonprofit Human Service Organizations: Implications for Policy. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.