The Institute for Law and Philanthropy


The Institute for Law and Philanthropy (ILP) is a research body established at Tel Aviv University Law School in October 2014. In line with TAU Law's commitment towards social justice, ILP’s mission is to help integrate philanthropy into Israel’s socioeconomic policy and support the country’s philanthropic sector in its quest to foster a more equitable and prosperous society. 



The Institute operates in three predominant areas – research, education, and networking & multi-sector dialogue. Taking an international perspective, the Institute strives to develop research capacity, to foster creative knowledge exchange between academic and practice communities, and to disseminate the evidence base to inform policy and practice.



Central to our ethos is the fundamental value we place upon research. The Institute, therefore, aims to increase effective philanthropy in Israel by researching and disseminating critical scholarship in law, economics, political science, psychology, social work and sociology, with a view to providing valuable insights that can contribute to the formulation of a robust policy for philanthropy.


The Institute aims to provide students, lawyers and jurists with the training and tools to assume their role as agents of social change and advocates of philanthropy.


Attentive to practitioners and other agents in the field, ILP hosts a series of annual events, such as international conferences, roundtable forums and working-group discussions to create a platform for dialogue among the non-profit, philanthropic, business and government sectors.

Founders and Partners

Leading philanthropists in Israel collaborated with the Tel Aviv University Law School to establish The Institute for Law and Philanthropy. The Institute’s creation was led by Ms. Dafna Meitar-Nechmad and Ms. Edna Fast, Prof. Yoram Margalioth and Adv. Galia Feit, joined by Ms. Irith Rappaport, Ms. Marcia Riklis, Mr. Zeev Feldman on behalf of Peami Tikva Foundation and Dr. Tali Yariv-Mashal representing The Beracha Foundation.


Marcia Riklis

Who We Are


Prof. Neta Ziv, TAU Law Faculty, Academic Director.

Prof. Ziv teaches courses on "Legal Ethics and the Legal Profession", "Law and Social Change", Social Rights", "Housing Law" and "Human Rights of People with Disabilities." Prof. Ziv received an LL.B. from the Hebrew University Law Faculty, an LL.M. from The American University in Washington, D.C., and her J.S.D. from Stanford Law School. Prof. Ziv practiced as a public interest lawyer for the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, and served as a leading attorney in some of Israel’s major human rights cases litigated before the Israeli Supreme Court. She was among the founding members of the Israel Women’s Network Legal Center, the chair of "Bizchut - the Israel Human Rights Center for People with Disabilities",  and currently serves as a board member of "Itach - Women Lawyers for Social Justice". 

Until 2014 she directed the Clinical Programs at the law school and is also the academic director of The Israel Affordable Housing Center within the Law School.


Adv. Galia Feit, Executive Director and researcher. Upon completion of her LL.M studies Galia served as an intern and legal assistant to Justice Shlomo Levin, Deputy-President of the Israeli Supreme Court of Justice (1997-2003). In 2003, she joined the Clinical staff at TAU Law, established the Micro Business and Economic Justice Clinic, and served as its director and senior clinical instructor, supporting the development of micro businesses run by low-income clients, the development of the social business’s movement in Israel and community development projects. Prior to her current position Galia also served as deputy director for the TAU Law Clinics.

Osnat Hazan, PhD, is a researcher, currently the head of the Philanthropy Data Lab at The Institute for Law and Philanthropy. Osnat served at the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics for 12 years, as a specialist in third sector economy. Leading there the compilation of the satellite account for the third sector, as it is an integral part of the national accounts system; Being the professional director of several special surveys; And conducting econometric research on the economic relationship between third sector organizations, private philanthropy and the government sector. Alongside, since 2009, Osnat has been a Teaching Fellow at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, lecturing in courses on Organizational Behavior and Organizational Theory in graduate programs for NPI’s management, as well as in undergraduate and graduate programs in the School of Business Administration.

Noa Krauz-Lahav, PhD, joined ILP as lead researcher of institutional philanthropy (foundations) in Israel. Noa's doctoral study is a sociological ethnographic research that investigates the ways in which Israeli elite philanthropy is affected by cultural and socio-political changes. Her MA thesis investigated the "Next Generation" philanthropy of the Israeli financial elite. Noa holds an MA in sociology and anthropology (cum laude), an MA in public policy, and a BA in cinema and TV (cum laude), all from Tel-Aviv University.

Noa served as an academic councilor and advisor in philanthropic forums and initiatives, and presented her research at conventions and workshops in Israel and abroad. Previously, she served in several roles in the business and social sector, managing the “Leumi Aharai” Foundation of Leumi Group, the social project of Keshet Media Group, and the resource development of “Latet” organization (NGO).

Prof. Yoram Margalioth, TAU Law Faculty, First Academic Director of Institute. Prof. Margalioth (JSD, 1997, NYU) specializes in Taxation and Tax Policy (Public Finance). Prior to pursuing an academic career, Prof. Margalioth worked as a State Tax Attorney, representing the government of Israel before the Supreme Court. Taught at Harvard, NYU, Northwestern, Monash, Toronto and NUS. Teaching the first on-line Coursera course (MOOC) in law in Israel. Won various prizes for excellence in teaching and in research. Published over 60 papers, in leading academic journals in law as well as in economics, in Israel and abroad.

Guy Schultz is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Law and Philanthropy. He studied philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (BA and MA); currently a Ph.D. student at the Department of Philosophy at Tel Aviv University; Prior to joining the ILP, Guy worked in grant writing and consulting in the third sector.

We thank Prof. Ron Harris, the former Dean of Law school, Prof. Nili Cohen,  President of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Prof. Sharon Hanes, Dean of the Law School, Ms. Adina Shapiro, Mr. Allan Chanoch Barkat, Mr. Ed Peskowitz and Mr. Zeev Feldman of Pa’amei Tikva Foundation for their support of the Institute.

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