The American Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel, Inc.

Educate. Love. Protect

aka Nature Israel   |   Great Neck, NY   |  www.natureisrael.org

Mission

The American Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (ASPNI), a tax-deductible way of supporting the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel. SPNI was founded in 1953 to protect pristine and unique natural areas from rampant development. SPNI identified and created the system of National Parks and Preserves, now a governmental agency. Today SPNI operates field schools to provide its people and tourist direct contact and appreciation of nature. As Israel's trusted environmental voice, SPNI draws support for its campaigns to preserve open space, protect Eilat's fragile corals reefs, reintroduction and protection of endangered species, creating natural habitat for migrating birds, provide sustainable alternatives to urban development and measures to address global warming .

Ruling year info

1986

Board Chair

Mr. Jonathan Silverstein

Board, Vice Chair

Mr. Shawn Sweeney

Main address

28 Arrandale Ave

Great Neck, NY 11024 USA

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EIN

52-1467954

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (C12)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Single Organization Support (C11)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Various Programs in Israel

The ASPNI supports the programs of SPNI in Israel. Field schools serve Israeli and tourists, school groups and hikers with simple accommodations in Israel's most unique natural areas: Ein Gedi, Mitzpe Ramon, Mt. Hermon, Achziv, on the Mediterranean Sea, Eilat, Golan.
SPNI Brances in Israel's cities have developed green areas and urban parks: notably The Gazelle Valley and Tel Aviv Green Map as natural outlets for urban dwellers.
SPNI operates after school youth groups, camps and a nature curriculum used nationwide.
Operates programs to protect and reintroduce endangered species and expand natural habitat for migrating birds. New initiatives to combat global warming, to which Israel is particularly vulnerable.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Family relationships

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Primarily, we serve the environment in Israel. Birds, animals, marine and plant life. Not people. That said, thousands of Israeli students and co-existent beneficiaries in the middle east region benefit from Nature Israel efforts to love and protect nature. Included in the folks we serve are these students which we survey about the programs they attend throughout the year to understand how we can improve our programs and ensure they retain a lifelong respect of the environment that nurtures them.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    From a 2020 survey, we learned that Nature Israel is given permission to actively pursue programs that not only help Israel, but that can port these data driven environmental solutions to other needed areas around the world for improving the Climate Change crisis. "Start-Up NatureTM" was launched in early 2021. Starting with 2 ideal settings in Israel, a re-wilding program was launched to convert abandoned fish ponds to biodiversity environments to allow nature to increase carbon capture. The Middle East will be one of the hardest hit regions of the globe due to global warming. Advancing solutions that prove successful in Israel will be an opportunity for other regions around the world to extract the tools and solutions found from Start-Up Nature to protect nature/reduce carbon footprints

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Still early to tell. While our 2 initial programs have launched, we are not in the data results phase and wont for another 18-24 months.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Again, we serve Nature. As a proxy, we solicit feedback from those that give to protect nature,

Financials

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Operations

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The American Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 11/23/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Jonathan Silverstein

Danielle Nyman

No Affiliation (retired)

Jonathan Sohnis

Altronix

Rebecca Simon-Smith

HBO

Lisa Ching

CPA

Daniel Pava

American Planning Assn.

Jonathan Silverstein

Mobile1st

Shawn Sweeney

Builder/Designer

Noam Roizman

Roizman Development Co.

Paul Citrin

Rabbi and Author

Alan Schanzer

SiriusXM

Leon Sokol

Cullen & Dykman

Russell Rothman

retired

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/15/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/15/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.