Dalia Association: A Palestinian Community Foundation

Dalia Association is a community foundation founded in 2007 by diverse members of the Palestinian community committed to mobilize, invest and distribute resources according to local Palestinian priorities using community-based decision-making. 

Dalia Association believes in the internationally enshrined right of the Palestinian people to direct and lead their own development and works towards a renewed culture of philanthropy, accountability, and strengthened civil society. Dalia works with Palestinian communities to make the greatest use of resources in Palestine as as well as in the diaspora linking available resources with local priorities.

MECA is excited to partner with Dalia Association to raise more funds for grant-making programs and providing capacity building to grantees.

Dalia’s work

In order to mobilize and properly utilize resources necessary to empower a vibrant, independent and accountable civil society, Dalia Association:

  • Makes unrestricted grants to support  civil society initiatives, especially grassroots efforts that seek to supplement local resources. Community-controlled grant-making increases the transparency, accountability and professionalism of local initiatives.
  • Connects expertise, ideas, contacts, equipment, and other assets to community activists who can use them to serve their communities. Effectively utilizing resources that already exist helps decrease our dependence on outside resources.
  • Encourages giving by Palestinian locals, businesses, refugees and those in the Diaspora by reviving local traditions of philanthropy and volunteerism and creating new systems that make giving easier and more trustworthy. A permanent endowment will be built over time to ensure sustainable income for current and future generations.
  • Advocates for systemic change in the international aid system so that it respects Palestinian rights and responds to local priorities including engagement with donors who want to improve their policies and maximize their impact.

Currently Dalia runs two major grant-making programs: The Village Decides and Women Supporting Women (see videos about these programs below!).  A youth fund is in development!

Support Dalia Association

Make a secure, online contribution to MECA for Dalia Association’s work or send a check to MECA with “Dalia” in the memo.