The American Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (ASPNI), known as Nature Israel, is the American fundraising arm of The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI), the leader in protecting Israel’s environment. Nature Israel was established in 1983 by a dedicated group of philanthropists in the United States to support SPNI’s mission. We are committed to the highest standards of stewardship of donor funds. You can view our financial statements here.
Nature Israel is led by a passionate and dedicated Board of Directors from around the United States. Each member believes in the importance of supporting and expanding this vital work.
“SPNI is the best kept secret in global environmentalism. My love for nature and Israel is just the beginning. Making a globally recognized leader in environmental protection and nature based conservation will be a big part of my life’s work.”
“Israel is such a crucial stopover on the African-Eurasian flyway, it is my honor to serve with my fellow colleagues on Nature Israel.”
“I support SPNI because it has served as the leader in addressing Israel’s environmental challenges, preserving its landscapes, and creating a culture of sustainable development among generations of Israelis across the social and political spectrum.”
“There is almost nothing more important than protecting our planet for all of our children. Nature Israel looks at protecting the environment holistically and cooperatively with other people and nations across the globe. I couldn't think of a better way to focus my energy than to do a little bit for an organization that tackles big global issues.”
“I have been involved with Nature Israel for 30 years because it is the leader in the Middle East to protect nature and the environment.”
“I like to think of Israel as part of the cradle of civilization, from where all humankind descends. Over the last 70 years, SPNI has done as much to preserve and conserve this land and its species as others have to preserve its historical and religious sites. SPNI challenges me to work across faiths, borders and policy to contribute in some small way to help preserve Israel's biodiversity. The land of Israel is the one thing we have to unite all who love it.“
“Now, more than ever, Israel needs our support through Nature Israel and NGOs which stand for the health and democracy of Israel.”
“As a professional geologist I have always been a lover of nature and the earth. My love of Israel’s nature developed during the many wonderful hikes I took with SPNI while I was in college in Jerusalem. I am hoping to give back for all the wonderful trips I took starting at the Russian Compound office of SPNI.”
“Imagine being able to plant a tree in Jerusalem to honor a friend… Or providing food and water for tens of thousands of migratory birds… Tikun olam in practice. תיקון עולם”
“I fell in love with Israel and nature almost 50 years ago when I began my PhD research in the Arava studying wolves. The love affair continues today through my work with the ASPNI.”
“Jewish life demands of me that I take care of the environment for its own sake and for the sake of future generations. The work of SPNI connects Jewish living to environmental consciousness in a meaningful way.”
“Nature Israel is a tremendously integral organization in fighting climate change through innovation and hands-on projects. It is an honor to be of help in such a transformative and virtuous process; through Nature Israel I have the opportunity to fulfill the responsibility I have to my generation and, hopefully, the generations that come after.”
“On my first trip to Israel in 1993 I was blown away by the majesty of the land, the dedicated SPNI staff, the flowers, the birds, the full moon. It was springtime and I was hooked.”