Dalia Association is a community foundation that realizes our rights as Palestinians to control our resources for our own durable development for generations to come. Our mission is to mobilize and properly utilize resources necessary to empower a vibrant, independent and accountable civil society, through community controlled grant-making. Our community development approach focuses on the ecological, local economy, social and cultural dimensions.
New to a community foundation? Wondering what it means?
A community foundation is an establishment that allocates and mobilizes local resources to serve community needs and priorities.
- Making grants to support inspirational and relevant civil society initiatives, especially grassroots efforts that seek to supplement local resources.
- Link resources by introducing people with expertise, ideas, contacts, equipment, and other assets to community activists who can use them to serve their communities. This helps decrease our dependence on outside resources.
- Encourage giving by locals, companies, and refugee and Diaspora Palestinians. We revive local traditions of philanthropy and volunteerism such as mujawara* and al Ouna*.
- Advocate for systemic change in the international aid system so that it respects Palestinian rights and responds to local priorities.
Mujawara (neighboring) are ideas shared freely with no control by any authority, and Al Ouna (indigenous aid system), a form of collective efforts led by the community to help individuals in their personal affairs, and to enhance the well-being of the entire community. These traditions are successful methods reviving a culture of sharing and convening, which is enabling us to have an active civil society ensuring its own democratic autonomy.