The Power of Empowerment

In 2000, David, Laura, and Katherine Merage began their philanthropic work in Israel, known as Merage Foundation Israel. Merage Foundation Israel envisions a prosperous and cohesive Israeli society that is committed to the well-being of its citizens. We believe in community building, leadership developments, and above all, the power of empowerment. We incubate and accelerate circles of change, encouraging those who are empowered to empower others, and join us in leading the way to promoting the prosperity of Israel.

“When you strengthen individuals and communities, you enable them to strengthen others. Such is the power of empowerment” – David Merage

As venture philanthropists, we bring the highest standards of the business world to accelerate social impact through professionalism, innovation, boldness, and forward-thinking. Through our community programs, we tap into existing networks, infrastructures, and distribution channels enabling us to scale rapidly and further our reach, and thereby our impact. 

Negev Development 

By strengthening economic clusters and revitalizing city centers, we are accelerating the economic and demographic growth in the Negev Region.

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We provide training and support to community leaders within reserve units as a way of building a renewed sense of community and solidarity among army reservists nationwide.

Connected to Life 

By engaging high school and university students to train senior citizens in using their smartphones, we are strengthening social and family ties while also supporting the independence of thousands of senior citizens across Israel. 


Israel’s leading lone soldier program supports over 3,500 young Olim from the moment they arrive in Israel, during their service in the IDF, and for years after, ensuring they become prosperous members of Israeli’s society. Learn more about the Wings program

Iranian Women Leadership 

With a focus on women’s leadership programs and the exposure of the Persian culture to Israeli society, we are promoting the advancement of the Iranian community. 

Over the last 20 years, more than 20,000 individuals have benefited from the Merage family’s philanthropic investments and Merage Foundation Israel’s dedication to the state of Israel.