The Friends of the Arava Institute is a US registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Its mission is to support the critical environmental and peace-building work of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies through fundraising campaigns, student recruitment, alumni relations, and public education events. Donations to the Arava Institute through the Friends of the Arava Institute are tax deductible.
As a partner to the Israel Ride, the Friends of the Arava Institute functions as the charity of record and processes all donations for the Israel Ride, ensuring appropriate and accurate rider and donor support and recognition. The Friends of the Arava Institute is also the lead partner on supporting rider fundraising efforts, overseeing marketing and communications calendars, and engaging the Israel Ride alumni community.
The Friends of the Arava Institute is supported by a national board of 40 trustees, with over half of those trustees arriving through their Israel Ride experience. A professional staff team, headquartered in Boston, is dedicated to manifesting the values of the Arava Institute in the United States and around the world. Today, the Friends of the Arava Institute is the largest funder to the Arava Institute in Israel, raising over 75% of its annual budget.