Dalia Association

Dalia Association is a community foundation working to allocate and mobilise resources for Palestinians to help deliver durable development for future generations. In addition to making grants to support grassroots civil society initiatives, Dalia Association also works to network people to share expertise, ideas, contacts, and equipment for the good of the wider community. It sources its funding from a range of local and diaspora Palestinians and companies and individuals and supports traditional philanthropy and volunteerism movements such as ‘mujawara’ (sharing ideas) and ‘al Ouna’ (community aid).

  • Organisation type Community foundation
  • Year founded 2007
  • Headquartered Ramallah
  • Registration Palestine
  • Website https://www.dalia.ps

Related sustainable development goals

  • No Poverty
  • Zero Hunger
  • Good Health and Well-Being
  • Quality Education
  • Gender Equality
  • Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Reduced Inequalities
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Focus areas

Focus sectors

  • Agriculture
    • Farming
  • Arts
    • Arts & Culture
  • Development
    • Economic development
      • Community improvement
      • Business and industry
        • Social enterprise
      • Employment
      • Rural development
    • Business and industry
      • Entrepreneurship
    • Sustainable development
  • Human rights
  • Humanitarian
    • Youth development
      • Community service for youth
      • Youth services
    • Food banks
    • Thrift shops
    • Free goods distribution
    • Food aid
    • Family services
  • Philanthropy
    • Nonprofits
    • Voluntarism
  • Public affairs
    • Leadership development
  • Sports and leisure
    • Community recreation
      • Parks
      • Camps
      • Playgrounds

Focus populations

  • Adolescents
  • At-risk youth
  • Infants and toddlers
  • Internally displaced people
  • Men and boys
  • Refugees and displaced people
  • Women and girls
  • Young adults

Focus geographies

  • Middle East
    • Palestine


  • Beit Al Karmeh
    Guesthouse (with hireable guest rooms and meeting rooms) and cultural centre.
  • Community Funds
    Jerusalem Fund; The Education Fund; Wadi Fuqeen Village Fund
  • IBDA' Youth Programme
    Enhancing opportunities for youth to become leaders in their community and economy through mentoring, training and volunteering.
  • Make A Difference With Your Food
    This initiative recruits willing chefs and restaurants to support grassroots initiatives through various activities and campaigns.
  • The Social Change Auction
    Run by Dalia, this is a pitching event for local community solutions with a crowdfunding element.
  • The Village Decides Programme
    This involves communities across Palestine in decision-making processes, and urges them to use grants based on their own priorities. We facilitate the community to use and invest in local resources, thus achieving positive and long-lasting social change and durable development.
  • Women Supporting Women programme (WSW)
    This brings together women to mobilise local resources for local or regional projects of their choice. The programme is entirely run by women, and extends funding solely to women’s organisations, individuals, or volunteer groups.


Funding model

  • Grants to organisations
  • Pro bono services
  • Programme related investment

Primary funders

  • Aisha Association for Women and Child Protection
  • Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP)
  • DROSOS Foundation
  • Global Fund for Community Foundations
  • Global Fund for Women
  • Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (Palestine and Jordan office)
  • Mama Cash Fund
  • Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA)
  • Nawa for Culture and Arts Association
  • RIWAQ Center for Architectural Conservation
  • The Foundations for Peace Network (FFP)
  • The Sparkle Foundation


Key staff

  • executive director, Samar Awaad

Board members

  • Aisha Mansour, Board member
  • Alia Nassereddin, Chair
  • Arda Shamshoum, Board member
  • Fida Touma, Secretary
  • Melia Tannous, Board member
  • Rami Hinawi, Treasurer
  • Soraida Hussein, Board member
  • Yanal Hammouda, Board member
  • Yara Abdul Hamid, Board member

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