Expeditiously supporting effective community activism that seeks to preserve Israel's air, water and land resources and to encourage sustainable development in Israel.
Israel’s environment provides a variety of obstacles. The Tal fund provides strategic investments and grants that strengthen local capacity and grassroots efforts, focusing on the country's key ecological challenges:
Preventing irreversible damage
The Tal Fund seeks out and supports the most creative and effective Israeli environmental organizations, activists, and initiatives that address these problems and provide sustainable alternatives. Priority is given to Israel’s most pressing environmental problems.
"More than any of their ancestors, the present generation stands at an ecological crossroads – offered the choice of life and good, or death evil. This “last chance” to preserve a healthy Promise Land for posterity is a weighty privilege indeed."
Alon Tal, Founder
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”
“A land where the breeze blows without wildflowers -- is a place of suffocation. A land where winds cannot blow unobstructed -- will be a hotel, not a homeland. “
“We don't inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”
The Tal Fund was established by Alon and Robyn Tal in 2006. After receiving the 2005 Bronfman Prize for his contribution to environmental protection in Israel, Professor Tal donated the 100,000 dollar prize money to establish the Fund. The Tal Fund – received matching seed funding from the KKL/JNF. The Fund is dedicated to supporting meaningful and creative grassroots environmental activism in Israel. Initially, the Tal Fund was managed by the KKL/JNF Jerusalem office as an independent environmental project. As a result of legal changes in the KKL, in 2016, the Fund moved to operate within the framework of Econet Israel. Econet Israel is an Israeli non-profit Ahmutah that has been involved in supporting environmental activities in Israel since the 1990s.
The Tal Fund from its inception has been managed by an independent Board of Directors, comprised of academics, environmental activists and Tal family members. The Fund continues to receive financial support from supporters of the Jewish National Fund and maintains its original policy of receiving donor advised grants via JNF, with “zero overhead” to ensure that Israel’s environmental community receives maximum support.