I was greeted by a wonderful surprise on the Zavit Shalosh website when I returned on Monday from a very nice vacation in the United States (hence the hiatus). There, one of their main articles, related that the Rasham Ha’amutot [Israel's Registrar of Charities] released an updated version of the Nihul Takin on the Rasham’s website. Furthermore, the Rasham has invited all interested parties to email comments until September 30th.
Additionally, the article added that the organization Manhigut Ezrachit is inviting all those interested to email their comments to them so that the organization can coordinate and research the comments in order to present a more powerful and unified voice. On a personal note, this seems like a pretty good idea. Manhigut Ezrachit has been represeting Israeli NPOs for a long time. They have the connections and expertise to get the biggest bang for their buck.
I have yet to read the beta version of the new Nihul Takin (it’s 35 pages) but am looking forward to the task at hand. As explained in an earlier post (“Can My Israeli Nonprofit have a Credit Card”), the Nihul Takin is one of the main instruments that confuse and muck Israeli nonprofit regulations. I am excited at the prospect of the Rasham updating some of its regulations that might allow amutot (Israeli nonprofits) to run a little smoother.
(In short, the Nihul Takin is an additional piece of legislature beyond the khok ha’amutot [Israeli's nonprofit law]. Those organizations wishing to receive government funding need to comply to both the law and the Nihul Takin. Many foreign organizations have adopted the standards of the Nihul Takin, as well. Many people, at all levels, have disagreements with various aspects of the Nihul Takin and have been asking the Rasham to update the legislation for years.)
In conclusion, for all those people that have complained about Israel nonprofit regulations, this is the time to put your money where you mouth is. Read the draft and email a comment or two. If not directly to the Rasham, then to Manhigut Ezrachit. Like any other charity work, if you want things to change you have to take an active role in making it happen.
Tizku LeMitzvot [May you continue to merit doing good deeds],