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About the Israel Studies Challenge Grant

Join the Challenge and Double the Impact of Your Gift

The Y&S Nazarian Center received a $1 million grant from The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation in July 2021 to expand teaching about modern Israel at UCLA. The grant matches, dollar-for-dollar, new endowment gifts from donors up to $1 million – meaning the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies aims to raise a total of $2 million in the fundraising campaign. This matching campaign is a chance to add even more value to your tax-deductible donation.

How it Works

The Gilbert Foundation’s challenge gift – plus the matching gifts from additional donors –  will position the Nazarian Center to engage more students in the study of modern Israel at UCLA. The funds may support a new faculty member in Israel Studies, lecturers or visiting professors from Israel to teach about Israeli art, literature, history, society or politics.

Your gift of any size can become part of The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Endowment for Teaching in Israel Studies, or you can create a fund in your own name – or in honor of a beloved family member, friend or colleague – as long as the gift is designated for teaching about modern Israel in any discipline (minimum of $100,000 pledge over five years for a named fund). 

Gifts of many types are welcome, including gifts of securities or real property, and may come from private donors, donor advised funds, foundations or corporations. Legally binding pledges and planned gifts will also be counted toward the match.


For additional information on how you can help meet the challenge and a promote greater knowledge and understanding of modern Israel to UCLA students, please contact Nazarian Center Executive Director Maura Resnick, mkresnick@international.ucla.edu or Karin Shaw, Senior Director of Development for the UCLA International Institute, kshaw@international.ucla.edu.


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