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About us

 

What is Buildpalestine?

At BuildPalestine, we support the inspiring and growing social innovation sector in Palestine by connecting individuals looking to support innovative projects with those making an impact within their communities.

In the midst of 70+ years of occupation, hopes become crucial. Hope for a better tomorrow. Hope for new opportunities. Hope to make a difference. This is especially true for those who continue living in Palestine, steadfast and committed to the community.

Social innovation is nothing new to Palestine. We find solutions in the midst of challenges everyday. And so, BuildPalestine is here to support the ecosystem and encourage each person who has an idea for their community to take action and make a difference. We are a platform to connect individuals looking to support with those making an impact.

#LetsBuildPalestine

Our Mission & Values

We believe people are the answer.

Our mission is to connect supporters around the world with innovative, social impact projects.

Our vision is a global community supporting and inspired by a vibrant social innovation sector in Palestine.

Social Innovation

We look for new and innovative approaches to tackle social challenges

Impact

We work with the aim of seeing positive change in our community

Collaboration

We bring together a variety of stakeholders and are building a global community

Meet Our Team

Lama - Executive Director

Mobilizes the crowd. Enthusiastic by nature.

Tasnim

Tasnim - Admin Coordinator

Insightful. I strive to do what’s right

Mahran - Designer

Designer and developer. Determined to leave a mark.

Advisory Board

Besan - Co-founder and Chair

Development economist. Believes in possibility.

Sara

Director, British Palestinian Council

Zaha

Fellow at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Mays

Writer. Passionate about change. Committed to social justice.

Yara

Private Sector Development/ Refugee Investment and Matchmaking Platform

Ines

International consultant – advocacy and foreign policy

Chapmions who supported BuildPalestine

Derrar

Derrar Ghanem

Co-founder of BuildPalestine

Aziza Musa

Aziza Musa

Previous Board Member

Nisreen

Nisreen Zahran

Content Creation

Jannat Saramah

Jannat Saramah

Social Media and Translation

Areen

Areen Aboudi

Translation and Outreach

Wajed Afaneh

Website Development

Frequently asked questions

Everything you need to know so you can feel like a part of the family

Why join BuildPalestine?

If you believe that it is time to build the Palestine we all want to see, then join us. Our mission is to build a global community to support the most innovative and impactful projects in Palestine.

How can I support social impact in Palestine?

There are a ton of inspiring people in Palestine doing critical work in their communities. Let us know what type of impact you are looking to support and we can connect you with the right organization. You can offer your support through financial or non-financial contributions. 

Why social innovation, not social entrepreneurship?

Social Innovation is about the community finding creative solutions to unfulfilled social problems. While social entrepreneurship emphasizes the need to leverage market forces, we recognize that social change in Palestine can take different forms, and requires various actors to come together to tackle systemic challenges that the State or the market are not able to fix alone.

Why crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding is a powerful tool to decentralize the traditional donor model. It allows a large number of people to contribute small amounts of funds, ultimately providing the project with the funds needed to make an impact. 

How do you select organizations to feature on your platform?

BuildPalestine features a wide variety of organizations on our platform, including local nonprofits, social enterprises and new initiatives. We aim to share with you the most innovative, most active projects making a difference in Palestine. 

How is BuildPalestine registered?

BuildPalestine is registered with the Ministry of National Economy as a Nonprofit Company. We also have fiscal sponsorship in the US through the Social Good Fund.

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