Rachel Canar has more than 25 years of professional nonprofit experience with a particular focus on strategic planning, program and resource development. Rachel worked for many years in the U.S. as a Hillel Director and then at the New Israel Fund from 2001-2006 where she raised funds for more than 150 Israeli progressive social change organizations. Rachel moved to Israel in 2006 to serve as the Director of Development at the Israel Religious Action Center, a legal civil rights organization working for equality and religious freedom and to combat corruption and racism in the government.
In 2011, she became an independent consultant and created her own company, NGO Catalyst, providing strategic planning, and resource development work and as well as training, mentoring, job matching, and peer networking to many hundreds of nonprofit professionals. She was also an administrator for peer lead groups of development professionals. Rachel has taught nonprofit grant writing courses at the Tel Aviv University and the Interdisciplinary College in Herzliya. She holds a BA from the University of California in Language Studies and an MA from Brandeis University in Jewish Nonprofit Management. She is also a lecturer on Israeli civil society. She now lives in Brookline, Massachusetts with her family.