The following case studies illustrate the breadth and depth of our partnerships and represent just a small sample of a diverse and varied programme of funding.

SID-Israel and OLAM

SID-Israel has now successfully reached a stage in its evolution where it is a recognized and valued body in the field of international aid and development in Israel and is seen as a primary address for those involved in this field and those seeking to become involved. We have moved from being a small coalition of organisations to becoming an active force in advancing these issues on a national level. We are honoured and delighted to have Pears Foundation as our partner in these efforts, and there is absolutely no question that that we would not have been able to achieve what we have without the Foundation’s support.
Alon Beer, Director,
I spent many years dreaming about the creation of a Jewish Peace Corps, whereby the global Jewish community could contribute its expertise and energy to some of the world’s most challenging problems and poorest countries. At some point along this journey I realised that there were a number of organisations already doing this work. Instead of establishing a new organisation, we decided to create something that would ‘lift the tide for all ships’, strengthening their efforts and amplifying their voices to show how the Jewish people can make a difference in the world.
Sir Trevor Pears CMG

Pears Foundation supports multiple Jewish and Israeli organisations that work in the developing world. Some of them, such as Tevel b’Tzedek and the NALA Foundation, bring Israeli expertise as well as volunteers to work in partnership with local communities. Others, like Tzedek, run education programmes in UK Jewish schools. We also support World Jewish Relief, the British Jewish community’s international humanitarian agency.

To bring this work together, the Foundation helped to establish two infrastructure organisations to act as convenors and capacity builders and provide support to other organisations.

From delivering disaster relief in the Philippines and Nepal to educating young Jews about development projects in Rwanda and Ethiopia, SID-Israel and OLAM are working together to build the field of international development and raise the profile of this vital work.

Society of International Development – Israel

Israel has a history of reaching out to developing countries, particularly in Africa, but this work is little known within Israeli society.

Pears Foundation provided the funding to establish an Israeli branch of the Society for International Development (SID), a global forum of individuals and organisations in the field of sustainable economic and social development. SID-Israel brings together more than 140 member organisations from across all key sectors: civil society, business, academia and the Israeli government. It provides professional development, capacity building and local and international networking. Through its policy work it acts to create an enabling environment for all those working in the field of international development and aid work.

Member organisations of SID include other Pears Foundation grantees, such as Tevel b’Tzedek, IsraAid, the NALA Foundation and AJEEC-NISPED.


In addition to Israeli organisations, there are numerous Jewish organisations around the world that seek to improve the lives of vulnerable people in the developing world.

In 2014 Pears Foundation partnered with the Alliance for Global Good and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation to create a global platform for all organisations in this field. The name OLAM, is an allusion to the Hebrew term tikkun olam (repairing the world), one of the central tenets of Jewish tradition.

OLAM brings together over sixty Jewish and Israeli organisations active in international development, humanitarian relief and promoting volunteering in the developing world. Its purpose is not to duplicate the efforts of its members or deliver on the ground, but rather to communicate about the work that is happening, connect those who are doing it, and convene a global Jewish network of organisations who are engaged in this crucial work.

OLAM provides structured opportunities for partner organisations to meet and share best practice as well as study trips and educational seminars for funders.