Specialization, experience, and know-how
Over the years, the Foundation has accrued unique experience and know-how to:
Holocaust survivors in
Some of the special needs of Holocaust survivors are met in the framework of the National Healthcare Law and the Nursing Law. The Foundation works and sponsors studies to identify the needs for which no adequate response is provided now, and also to identify future needs as the population ages.
The Foundation has rich experience and resources for communicating with the needy survivor public and their families. Its call center operates five days a week during working hours, providing information and assistance in the relevant languages; a large network of volunteers and social workers to make home visits; a system of examination and control of the application forms received from survivors (confirmation of Holocaust survivor status and socioeconomic and health status).
The Foundation is closely acquainted with the directors and field workers of these companies and with the products and services that they provide. It has a computerized, centralized, audited monthly billing and payment arrangement with these providers. The Foundation's size allows for reduced prices for the services provided.
The Foundation maintains close and regular relations with government institutions and relevant organizations, such as the National Insurance Institute, the state and the private healthcare system (general hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, the healthcare funds, senior citizen homes and geriatric institutions); the local welfare authorities, the Ministry of Finance and the Bureau for Rehabilitation of the Disabled, other voluntary support organizations.
The Foundation has developed professional and administrative manpower who have accrued precious skill and experience in dealing with survivors, and has built a special computer system for handling and managing social assistance applications of survivors (including forms that were especially adapted to the needy survivors in
The Foundation works in an orderly way and according to proper management rules. The Foundation is supervised and audited by several authorities and bodies, including: the Registrar of Societies, the Ministry of Finance, the information centers registrar and the tax authorities. The Foundation has internal control mechanisms including an active public board, a control committee, an external auditor, an internal auditor and a legal adviser, who monitor the Foundation's activity regularly. The Foundation has a network of social workers who visit the survivors at home to verify their applications to the Foundation for assistance. The Foundation publicizes its activity in the press, informs the welfare agencies and survivor organizations of the services it offers. The Foundation also publishes and disseminates an annual program and financial report on the years' activity, including financial data and details of the administrative system.
The Claims Conference chose the Foundation to serve as a central agency active in
- Looted Assets Class of the Swiss Banks Settlement;
The Claims Conference regularly and closely supervises the Foundation's activity and budget administration.
The Foundation General Assembly and its committees are composed of Holocaust survivors who serve as public representatives of scores of Holocaust survivor organizations in Israel (see list of organizations represented in the Foundation's General Assembly). The Foundation was established by and for Holocaust survivors.
According to its charter, the exclusive objectives of the Foundation are "Helping Holocaust survivors in