Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

WIZO USA - Women's International Zionist Organization

  • New York, NY
  • http://www.wizousa.org

Mission Statement

WIZO, founded in 1920, is an international organization of volunteers working together to improve the lives of women, children, and the elderly living in Israel. WIZO's members work to support over 800 WIZO programs in Israel, including child care centers, schools, shelters for battered women and girls in distress, and services for the elderly. WIZO USA, established in 1982, is a membership organization whose primary focus is supporting its WIZO projects in Israel. In the United States, WIZO aims to strengthen the bond between Israel and American Jewry by promoting Jewish identity and education. Since 1959, WIZO is recognized by the United Nations as a non-governmental organization with consultative status at the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF).

Service Areas

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International

ruling year

1980

Executive Director since 2011

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Ms. Hila Stern

Keywords

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women, children, elderly, immigrants, youth, education, abused, at risk, Israel, Jewish, North America, child care,

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Also Known As

WIZO USA

EIN

13-3041381

 Number

2632846358

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Women's Rights (R24)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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For 97 years, WIZO (The Women's International Zionist Organization) has successfully worked to give support to needy families in Israel. WIZO has, historically, been an advocate for equal rights and opportunity for women in Israel. WIZO cares for and educates 25,000 babies and children in Israel, more than 13,000 youth, including many youths at risk. More than 12,000 women are participating in WIZO's programs.
The goals of WIZO USA, established in 1983, are to give support to WIZO's social welfare projects and programs in Israel- which include day care centers, community centers, boarding schools, battered women's shelters and more. With 50 federations worldwide, WIZO's many projects are supported by WIZO chapters internationally, with the help of partnerships with major foundations like the Grinspoon and Weinberg foundations. WIZO USA, one of WIZO's most active federations, consistently raises the funds required to keep its sponsored centers operational, and to keep programs running. WIZO USA sponsors 9 day care centers, 2 youth villages, 2 battered women's shelters, a center for the prevention of violence against families and 2 community centers.

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Program 1

WIZO seeks to react to the challenges of every period of life, to reach out and respond to social needs, to take care of those in distress, to focus on children and adults, to lend a hand to new immigrants and to protect those at risk--thereby ensuring a better society for all.

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Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The Women's International Zionist Organization (WIZO) is a non-party/ apolitical international movement dedicated to the advancement of the status of women, welfare for all sectors of Israeli society, and encouragement of Jewish education in Israel and in the Diaspora.
    Our goals are to provide for the welfare of infants, children, youth, women and the elderly, to advance the status of women in Israel, to strengthen the bond between world Jewry and the State of Israel, and to support the absorption of new immigrants.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Our strategies for meeting our goals include carrying out major annual events, which raise the funds necessary to meet the financial requirements of our projects and programs in Israel. Once we are sure that those quota needs are met, we employ different fundraising techniques to provide additional funding. One example of this is our B'nai Mitzvah campaign, which allows Bat or Bar Mitzvah aged children to choose are project or program that requires funding, and dedicate the gifts from her or his Bat/Bar Mitzvah to that project or program. Recently, a B'Nai Mitzvah participant raised the funds to build a Dance Studio in WIZO's Nachlat Yehuda Youth Village. Other strategies include providing support to all national and international chapters- sharing successes and fundraising tools and initiatives.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Our capabilities include dedicated members who serve on our board of directors, and who actively direct the mission of WIZO and the implementation of our programs. The board selects dedicated administrative professionals to work on fundraising, including organizing the extensive charity-raising opportunities available to WIZO. WIZO USA has numerous chapters which chapters thrive in cities with both strong economies, and strong Jewish leaders. With successful chapters and subchapters in New York, Florida, California and more, WIZO USA has proven its capacity by not only meeting fundraising goals, but by consistently exceeding those goals, particularly in times of emergency or pressing need.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Our board consistently monitors, along with its administrative staff, the progress of the projects we have underway as well as tracking ongoing projects to make certain our goals are being implemented. We also mark our progress by the number of new donors to WIZO USA and in connection with that, are continuing to develop both new chapters, and some instances sub-chapters such as the New York Young Leadership Chapter. In that regard, both the number of WIZO USA's chapters have increased in membership and funds raised.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    WIZO USA is extremely proud of its accomplishments, and as referred to above, our board both tracks our accomplishments, and addresses the fundraising requirements for additional programs consistent with our mission. Of course, more can always be done, and we are never able to fund as many programs as we would like to. For that reason, we work hard to attract funds and satisfy our donor base that their generous contributions are being carefully used for the purposes that form the basis of their donations.
    We are proud to be at the forefront of social welfare issues in Israel, and we aim to accomplish more by continuing to focus on this mission.

Service Areas

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International

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WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL ZIONIST ORGANIZATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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WIZO USA - Women's International Zionist Organization

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Executive Director

Ms. Hila Stern

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jana Falic & Gail Perl

WIZO USA

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