American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Inc.

Music can move the world

aka AFIPO   |   New York, NY   |  https://www.afipo.org/

Mission

American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (AFIPO) is a non-profit organization dedicated to sustaining the financial future of the Israel Philharmonic, a world class orchestra. AFIPO seeks to broaden the reach of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and bring its message through music throughout the world. The monies raised by AFIPO are directed towards a fund which assists with the operational support of the orchestra and its musical education programs throughout Israel.

Ruling year info

1972

Principal Officer

Ms. Naomi Grabel

Main address

122 East 42nd Street Suite 4507

New York, NY 10168 USA

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EIN

23-7183563

NTEE code info

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

Music (A68)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (AFIPO) is a non-profit organization dedicated to sustaining the financial future of the Israel Philharmonic, a world-class orchestra. AFIPO seeks to broaden the reach of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) and bring its message through music to the world. The monies raised by AFIPO assist with the operational support of the orchestra and its musical education programs throughout Israel. The music education program, KeyNote, was founded in 2000 to address the issue of a shrinking classical music audience. It quickly became apparent that through KeyNote, the IPO could also fill a cultural and social vacuum in the school system and in Israeli society.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

AFIPO Programs

We maintain an unwavering commitment to supporting the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in its concert performances
throughout Israel and on global tours as Israel’s primary cultural ambassador.

Population(s) Served

AFIPO also helps to sustain the orchestra’s expansive music education programs for participants of all ages and backgrounds.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

AFIPO aims to:

• Provide financial sustainability for the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra;
• Increase visibility for the IPO in North America;
• Strengthen the bond between the IPO and its audiences in North America.

Through support of the KeyNote education program, AFIPO aims to support the IPO in:

• Creating a new and younger audience;
• Teaching mutual respect and tolerance through music;
• Filling a cultural and social vacuum in the Israeli school system and in society in general.
• Creating engagement opportunities for young people and more.

AFIPO uses multiple strategies to reach its goals. A multi-pronged approach to ensuring financial sustainability includes fundraising events, patron travel, legacy giving and membership in AFIPO. AFIPO provides increased visibility for the IPO through an on-line monthly newsletter and a robust social media campaign. AFIPO strengthens connections with its constituency through fundraising and engagement events, including events for the East and West Coast Young Patrons Circle. AFIPO partners with other organizations to provide quality programming opportunities. AFIPO promotes KeyNote by disseminating information and sharing video about the program in the North American community. KeyNote is an IPO outreach program to schools across Israel who participate in this ground-breaking music education program aimed at students from diverse cultural, ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds, using music as the common denominator.

AFIPO’s fundraising capabilities continue to grow with a small but effective staff on the East and West Coasts of the United States. The sole focus of the staff is the financial sustainability and visibility of the orchestra. Galas and IPO performances produced by AFIPO are very well attended. AFIPO’s dedicated Board of Directors and volunteers further ensure the success of the galas and performances by engaging their own social and familial circles to attend and support AFIPO. Contributions received in conjunction with the galas, as well as other fundraising initiatives, are vital to the organization’s growth, and are the main source of AFIPO’s income.

AFIPO successfully offers programming between Orchestra visits to further connections with its members, keeping the IPO visible to AFIPO supporters. AFIPO also partners with other local organizations to provide programming and with the IPO Foundation to offer travel opportunities abroad to engage with the orchestra.

AFIPO accomplishments in 2017-2018 include the following:

• Steady increase in fundraising efforts;
• Successful launching of a new membership program;
• Successful launching of a new patron’s program;
• Successful re-launch of patron’s travel to music festivals in North America;
• Over 22,000 students annually participate in KeyNote;
• Increase in the number of students who participate in the KeyNote education program;
• Maintaining a high open and click through rate on its e-newsletter and a low unsubscribe rate.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 9/26/2018
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Board co-chair

Zubin Mehta


Board co-chair

Itzhak Perlman

Claudio Pincus

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Ruth Gold

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Helgard Field-Lion

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Elaine Wolfensohn

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Carol Schussler

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Lynn Syms

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David Hirsch

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Diane Belfer

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Howard Gottlieb

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Yefim Bronfman

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Jane Stern Lebell

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Emanuel Ax

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Suzanne Doft

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Sara Fabrikant

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Zubin Mehta

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Itzhak Perlman

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Richard Ziman

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Lauren Veronis

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Joan Holland

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Myron Glucksman

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Chaim Katzman

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Heidi Learner

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Tricia Pantzer

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Martin Selig

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Eta Somekh

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Pinchas Zukerman

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Steve Kofsky

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Marilyn Ziering

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Arnon Adar

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Joel Fogel

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Kfir Gavrieli

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Michael Jesselson

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Matti Leshem

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Theodore Mirvis

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Toby Perlman

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No