Friends of the IDF (FIDF) is a non-political, non-military organization that works closely with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to provide for the well-being of its soldiers, veterans, and family members.
Established in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors, FIDF is a 501C3 not-for-profit corporation that operates 25 chapters across the United States with headquarters in New York City. It is the single organization authorized to collect charitable donations on behalf of the IDF in 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.
FIDF is wholeheartedly committed to caring, supporting, and providing better everyday lives and brighter futures for the courageous men and women of the IDF who protect Israel and Jews worldwide. For over forty years, FIDF programs have transformed countless young lives through many empowering educational, ﬁnancial, well-being, and cultural initiatives.