American Friends of the Israel Democracy Institute Inc

ATLANTA, GA   |  https://en.idi.org.il/

Mission

The Israel Democracy Institute is an independent, non-partisan center of research and action dedicated to strengthening the foundations of Israeli democracy in the spirit of Israel's Declaration of Independence. The Institute seeks to influence policy, legislation, and public opinion in Israel on the basis of outstanding applied research.

Ruling year info

1986

Chairman

Mr. Bernard Marcus

Main address

1266 WEST PACES FERRY ROAD 615

ATLANTA, GA 30327-2306 USA

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EIN

13-3348313

NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (V05)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Israel is perhaps the most challenged democracy in the world. Grave existential threats, deep internal divisions, and shallow traditions of democratic sovereignty necessitate constant efforts to ensure its future as a Jewish and democratic state. Israel must therefore pursue smart, moral policies grounded in long-term planning, an uncompromising striving for excellence, and a deep commitment to preserving the delicate balance between Israel's Jewish and democratic identities. Strong constitutional foundations, visionary governance, a free society characterized by solidarity and pluralism; these are not "nice-to-haves", they are essentials. And yet, in Israel's crisis-ridden reality, no significant actor in government, academia, or civil society tackles these enormous challenges professionally over time. This is the mission of IDI.

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Center for Democratic Values and Institutions

The Center for Democratic Values and Institutions is dedicated to fortifying the democratic values and institutions of the State of Israel, based on the humanistic foundations of Judaism and the liberal foundations of Zionism. The Center seeks to strengthen the commitment of Israeli policymakers, opinion shapers and decision makers to the fundamental tenets of Israeli democracy, including freedom, equality, civil rights, separation of powers, transparency and the rule of law.

The Center works to thwart populist legislative initiatives, develop sound alternatives, shape policy on education for democracy, ensure a free and independent press, promote a more inclusive society and articulate a common vision for all Israeli citizens.

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goals are three-fold: (1) To strengthen the foundational values and institutions of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state. (2) To improve the functioning of Israel's government and economic institutions. (3) To foster partnership, solidarity, civic participation, and a common civic denominator among the members of Israel's diverse society.

Research: We conduct high-quality, applied research designed to generate actionable proposals for reform.

Debate: We convene decision-makers, academic experts, and civil society leaders from a variety of viewpoints for practical debate on these proposals.

Impact: We work with partners in government, civil society, and the media to advance the resultant policy recommendations over time.

Since IDI's establishment in 1991, the organization has demonstrated a track record of success and achievement in meeting its goals (see below section on Progress).

- The establishment of Israel’s premier economic policy forum in 1993
- The creation of the Knesset Research and Information Center in 1999
- The passage of electoral reform in 2001, the creation of the National Economic Council in 2006
- The establishment of the Authority for Minority Affairs in the Prime Minister’s Office in 2007
- The blocking of dozens of illiberal legislative initiatives in 2011-2018
- Receipt of the first European Research Council grant ever awarded to a non-academic Israeli institution in 2012
- Passage of a governmental plan for ultra-Orthodox Employment in 2016
- A key role in the establishment of Israel’s Public Broadcasting Corporation in 2017
- Substantial impact on hundreds of pieces of legislation, ranging from the legal framework for counterterrorism to Israel's new penal code.

Financials

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American Friends of the Israel Democracy Institute Inc

Board of directors
as of 7/31/2019
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Board chair

Mr. Bernard Marcus

The Marcus Foundation

Term: 1991 - 2020

Fred Marcus

Felix Friedman

Bernard Marcus