A Year-End Message from Charles Benjamin, NEF President

Dear friends of NEF,

At this time each year, we reflect on NEF’s impact and take pause to celebrate the determination and resilience of the people we serve – unsung heroes who tirelessly create positive change in their communities.

Unrest, violence, inequality, and a changing climate continue to plague the communities where NEF works. The quiet heroes we support stand strong and steadfast in the face of unimaginable odds – fighting for their survival, their dignity, and better futures for their families and communities.

NEF makes sure these heroes are not alone in their fight by helping them gain access to the lifesaving tools they need to rebuild their lives and become agents of change in their communities.

Because of your support, we are able to meet people where they are and together develop solutions to improve their lives – helping them to safely find work, start businesses, increase their income, and improve their food security so they can provide for themselves and their families. Your support brings meaningful, positive, and sustainable change to those in greatest need.

This holiday season, I hope you will consider once again making your tax-deductible year-end donation to the Near East Foundation.

We are deeply grateful for your support.



Charles Benjamin, NEF President

P.S.  Click to learn about more NEF’s Heroes Campaign.


  • 831,055 people became more food secure and resilient to the effects of climate change
  • 9,772 people increased their income through business support and expansion services
  • 303,852 people gained access to safe drinking water
  • 1,165 youth participated in activities to build life skills, financial literacy, and positive coping strategies
  • 206 local organizations increased their capacity to deliver life-saving social services

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