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Beit Issie Shapiro wins inaugural award for Israel’s ‘Most Effective Non-Profit’

In 2011, Beit Issie Shapiro was recognized as Israel’s ‘Most Effective Non Profit Organization’ by efficiency monitor Midot.

Set up to ensure non-profit organizations and their investors are as effective as possible in changing people’s lives for the better and solving social problems, Midot presented the awards at its annual conference at the Suzanne Dellal Centre in Tel Aviv. Avi Naor also won an award for the most effective private donor, and the Fishman Group won for most effective corporation.

Midot Chief Executive: said, “We congratulate the winners of these first ever Midot awards. Israel has a great tradition of acts of kindness and we hope these awards will encourage even more impact focused social action that makes a meaningful change in Israeli society.”

Executive Director of Beit Issie Shapiro, Jean Judes said, “It is a tremendous honour to have been chosen for this award. Beit Issie works hard to make sure that our donations get spent efficiently and where needed most. We spend a great deal of time sharing our knowledge and experience with other organizations in Israel as well as abroad, and we are very proud to receive this acknowledgement.”

In co-operation with Maala (Business for Social Responsibility), Sheatufim (the Center for Civil Society) and GuideStarIsrael(an online resource about nonprofits inIsrael), a public committee headed by Supreme Court President (Emeritus) Meir Shamgar chose the winners. The committee included other well known figures such as former Israeli Ambassador to the UN Professor Gabriela Shalev and CEO of Microsoft Israel Dani Yamin.

There are 30,000 non profit and voluntary organizations registered in Israel, 4,000 of which provide a variety of welfare, educational and support services.

Beit Issie Shapiro’s award for most efficient nonprofit was judged according to impact on society, leadership, management practices, financial planning, ethics, transparency and collaboration with others to increase its circle of influence.

Beit Issie Shapiro isIsrael’s leading special needs organization and innovator of new therapies. Over the past 30 years the organization has grown from serving 16 children with disabilities to impacting 30,000 people every year. Not only does Beit Issie Shapiro help train thousands of therapists in Israel in its new therapies, it also conducts research and shares best practice internationally.

World leaders in snoezelen (multi sensory) therapy, they built Israel’s first inclusive and accessible park enabling children with and without disabilities to play together; pioneered magic therapy with the Evelina Children’s Hospital and the Magic Circle in London in order to encourage children to practice their physical therapy exercises; and developed participative research with the University of Bristol, involving people with intellectual disabilities in research about intellectual disabilities.

Beit Issie Shapiro is also the first in the world to have developed, in conjunction with Bar Ilan University, a higher education program for young adults with severe learning disabilities. They operate the largest hydrotherapy centre in the world, and are currently working in partnership with USC & Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to study the application of snoezelen therapy to dentistry for children with special needs.