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 15 years, 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 themselves.

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 100 different towns and villages. With a workforce of 750 working in a range of professional areas, we touch the lives of over 53,000 people every year.

In addition, in 2011 the Migdal Or Association merged with Northern Goals and provides comprehensive services to people with blindness or visual impairment nationwide.

What is the need?

The underprivileged status of Israel’s North is the result of many years of neglect.  Northern Goals is determined to tackle this situation from its roots. The northern region located in Israel’s periphery has unique challenges that require expert, professional and immediate attention. Our work targets two main groups that require intervention:

  • Children and youth
  • Families

What distinguishes Northern Goals?

We have a specific and specialist focus on Northern Israel. Our programs and services are adapted to 100 localities of different sizes and sectors.

Northern Goals has expertise in working with the Israeli-Arab sector in the North, which comprises 54% of the region’s population and is made up of several distinct communities. Moreover, the same sector makes up over 50% of its workforce.

Thanks to our extensive organizational infrastructure, we are able to replicate and expand services quickly and efficiently. Today, we are proud to work with 53,000 service-recipients, which is constantly growing.

Northern Goals employs a cadre of well-recognized professionals with extensive knowledge and experience in their fields. They are our greatest asset!

What is our impact?

Many years of rigorous, targeted activity has resulted in significant impact among our target groups.

Steps – in the field of early childhood, there has been a substantial improvement among children with difficulties who have been identified and treated. The average number of developmental and emotional disorders per child has decreased by 31%, the number of children with severe developmental and emotional disorders decreased 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 – a program which benefits families in poverty and facing social exclusion – has succeeded in significantly improving (79%) the employment status, increase in number of families exercising their 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% have been integrated in the job market. There is also significant  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 and coming to terms with the assault.