Who are we?
The Northern Goals Association was founded in 2004 by the Rashi Foundation, one of Israel’s most influential philanthropies that is dedicated to reducing social gaps and promoting equal opportunities in education and social welfare in the geographic and social periphery.
For over a decade, Northern Goals has been developing and providing services with the aim of creating a better future for people living in Israel’s northern periphery. We aspire to a reality in which every person living in the northern region of Israel has an equal opportunity to fulfill him/herself.
The Northern Goals Association specializes in five content areas:
- Early childhood
- Teenage girls and young women
- People with blindness or visual impairment
- Families living in poverty and exclusion
- Children and youth who have experienced sexual assault
Northern Goals is active among a wide range of groups and sectors, across the entire northern region, reaching 90 different towns and villages. With a workforce of 600 in a range of professional areas, we touch the lives of around 27,000 people every year.
What is the need?
The underprivileged condition of Israel’s North is the result of many years of neglect. In Northern Goals, we are determined to tackle this situation from its roots. The northern region has some unique features that require professional and immediate attention. Our work targets two main groups that need expert intervention:
- Children and youth
In addition, due to the merger of Migdal Or Association into Northern Goals Association in 2011, we provide comprehensive services nationwide to people with blindness or visual impairment.
What distinguishes Northern Goals?
We have a specific and specialist focus on Northern Israel. Our programs and services are adapted to 90 localities of different sizes and sectors.
Northern Goals has expertise in working with the Israeli-Arab sector in the North, which comprises 57% of the region’s population and is made up of several distinct communities.
Thanks to our extensive organizational infrastructure, we are able to replicate and expand services quickly and efficiently. Today, we are proud to work with 27,000 service-recipients – and that number is constantly growing.
Northern Goals employs a cadre of well-recognized professionals with broad knowledge and experience in their fields. They are our greatest asset!
What is our impact?
Over a decade of rigorous, focused activity has resulted in significant impact among our target groups.
Steps – in the field of early childhood, we see a real improvement among children with difficulties who have been identified and treated. The average number of difficulties per child has decreased by 31%, the number of children with severe difficulties dropped by 34%, and the number of children who do not need further developmental intervention rose nearly four-fold.
Horizon – our work with teen girls and young women is producing impressive results. Among 90% of the girls in our programs there is a decrease in harmful behavior, among 80% there is an increase in self-confidence and sense of their own capability, and in social skills and involvement in the community, and among 65% we see improvement in their school achievements.
Family Forward – this program for families in poverty and exclusion has succeeded in significantly improving the employment situation (79% improvement), better exercising of citizen rights (41%) and enhancing domestic financial management (34%).
Migdal Or – among blind and visually-impaired people, 80% of our service-recipients report an improvement in their functioning, 73% are participating in a follow-on program, and 65% are integrated in the job market. There is also high satisfaction with the Technology Support Helpline and with the Low Vision Clinic.
Kerem – the program for young victims of sexual assault has led to significant improvement in the children’s functioning: for 72% in their behavior and disposition, for 71% in their self-perception, and for 68% in their understanding of the assault.