To offer educational, cultural, recreational, and social services programs and facilities that provide hope, purpose, and life-changing support for the soldiers who protect Israel and Jews worldwide.

About Us

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) is a non-political, non-military organization that provides for wellbeing of the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), veterans and family members. We are the single organization authorized to collect charitable donations on behalf of the IDF across the United States, as designated by Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, IDF Chief of the General Staff in March 2017 and by Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, IDF Chief of the General Staff in February 2019 and April 2021.

The Israeli government is responsible for training IDF soldiers and providing them with the necessary tools for their service. FIDF is committed to providing these soldiers with love, support, and care to ease the burden they carry on behalf of the Jewish community worldwide.

Established in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors. FIDF is a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation that operates 20 regional offices in the United States with headquarters in New York City.

How We Rank

FIDF has consistently received the highest ratings for accountability and transparency from two of the leading independent charity evaluators: Charity Navigator and Charity Watch. FIDF received the highest 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for the 11th year in a row now—a feat accomplished by only 2% of charities in America, and Charity Watch has bestowed FIDF with their “Top-Rated” seal.

“Based on the most recent information available, we have issued a new rating for your organization. We are proud to announce Friends of the Israel Defense Forces has earned our ninth consecutive 4-star rating. This is our highest possible rating and indicates that your organization adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way. Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that Friends of the Israel Defense Forces exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in your area of work. Only 2% of the charities we evaluate have received at least 9 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Friends of the Israel Defense Forces outperforms most other charities in America. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets Friends of the Israel Defense Forces apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.”

– Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator