Saban Family Foundation
In 2002, my first day as director of the Saban Family Foundation, I was ushered into a huge office with boxes and boxes of unanswered grant requests. The foundation had yet to define its mission, procedures hadn’t been established and the pressure from outside was mounting with each passing day.
It took us six months and a number of trips between Los Angeles and Jerusalem for us to translate Cheryl and Haim Saban’s passion for children’s health and US/Israel relations into actionable items. During that time, we also built the infrastructure than enabled the foundation to reach the effective balance between creating our own initiatives and supporting deserving nonprofits.
Upon my return to Israel, a few years later, we had some major accomplishments under our belt. We had donated over $125 million. We had established the Saban Center for Mid East at the Brookings Institute, the Saban Children’s Hospital and Maternity Ward at Soroka Hospital in Beersheva, the Saban Research Institute at the Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, the Saban Forum and had significantly supported a wide-breathe of nonprofits in Los Angeles and Israel that furthered the mission of the foundation.