Near East Foundation

Near East Foundation

Near East Foundation

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The Near East Foundation (NEF), formerly Near East Relief (NER), is a Syracuse, NY-based American development agency founded in 1915.

NEF's mission is to help people in the Middle East and Africa build the better lives they envision for themselves and their communities through a variety of practical programs and grassroots development projects.<br />

The Near East Foundation is America’s first nation-wide international philanthropic effort. Nearly a century ago, the NEF pioneered the approach to international development that enables people to acquire the tools they need to help themselves. NEF successes became the model for the United States government’s international aid program and for nearly all current development organizations. NEF works one-on-one with the often-forgotten people at the grass-roots level as equal partners in making our shared world better.

The organization began in 1915 when Cleveland H. Dodge led a group of New York leaders in forming Near East Relief (NER), a response to Ambassador to Constantinople Henry Morgenthau's urgent plea for assistance to save victims of the Armenian Genocide and deportations of 1915. In 1930, NER was renamed the Near East Foundation.

Year, State Incorporated: 1930, New York.<br /><br />Affiliates: <br />Near East Foundation - Center for Development Services (CDS) - Cairo/Egypt<br />Near East Foundation - Sudan<br />Near East Foundation - West Bank/Gaza <br />Near East Foundation -...
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