Rachel Canar

Rachel Canar, NGO Catalyst Founder and Director, has more than 20 years of professional NGO experience with particular focus on marketing and resource development. She holds a BA from the University of California in Language Studies and an MA from the Hornstein Program in Jewish Nonprofit Management at Brandeis University. Rachel worked for many years in the U.S. as a Hillel Director and then at the New Israel Fund. Rachel moved to Israel in 2006 to serve as the Director of Development at the Israel Religious Action Center. In 2012 she joined Minuf as a consultant for strategic fundraising and became Associate Director soon after.

In 2015, Rachel created NGO Catalyst, providing consulting for strategic resource development as well as training, job matching, mentoring and peer networking to hundreds of fundraisers in Israel.

Rachel uses the lessons learned from both her successes as well as failures, along with a uniquely creative and strategic approach, in order to help advance Israel’s third sector. She accomplishes this by encouraging NGOs and fundraisers to make the changes they need to succeed and providing them with the skills and tools they need plus a community to support them in the process.

Hagit Shamli-Segal

Hagit provides organizations and NPOs with a range of consultancy and advisory services in the fields of fundraising and resource development. She specializes in building an overall strategy for resource development while emphasizing existing resources and harnessing programs and content, media, affiliates, and yield-producing sources to her clients’ goals.

Hagit is a graduate of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Film and Television. Prior to her work in the voluntary and NPO sector, she worked in the USA and Israel in advertising, including Publicity Manager for the Haifa Theater, PR Director at Yedioth Ahronot Publishing House, Producer and Directing Manager at Animated Storyboards in New York and Chicago, and independent producer of television programs, commercials, and image enhancement media.

In 2012 Hagit became the Resource Development Director at the Migdal Or Rehabilitative Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired where she raised funds both locally and internationally, spearheaded the organization’s external relationships with various communities, and oversaw all communications.

In 2018 Hagit began consulting for Shatil where she helps build resource-development strategies, project development, marketing, advertising, community outreach and development, donor-management systems, and more. She also provides consulting for fundraising by grants, government, business, private donors as well as income generating activities.

Hagit uses the tools she acquired in her long years of work in the realm of art and advertising, to promote and speak out for organizations wishing to drive social change. She uses creativity to maintain ongoing improvement and search for innovation. She adheres to methodical work procedures in order to diversify funding sources, expand support bases, reinforce ties and develop new ones.

Nicole Levine

Nicole Levine Bittelman has been a leader in the nonprofit sector for more than 20 years, and brings a significant breadth and depth of fundraising and organizational development experience. She has designed high impact strategic plans, raised millions of dollars from foundations and individual donors, served as a grant maker for corporate foundations, and inspired hundreds of staff, board members and volunteers to increase their influence in the social sector. As the past Interim CEO and Executive Director of Women’s Initiative for Self Employment, a national microenterprise organization in the US, and Executive Director of diverse social justice and arts nonprofits including Oakland Ballet, Urban Solutions and Wardrobe for Opportunity.

Nicole is skilled at helping organizations stabilize, grow and flourish. Leveraging her experience in the nonprofit sector, she has worked with corporate giants Hewlett Packard and Chevron to strengthen their community giving and grant making programs. Most recently, she helped establish Smarter Good, a fundraising social enterprise in the Philippines. Nicole earned an MBA from University of California, where she led the Community Consulting Group, which brought business school consulting to nonprofit organizations. In 2016, Nicole moved to Israel where she is now using her extensive experience to help Israeli not for profit organizations thrive. She lives in Jerusalem with her husband and 17-year old cat.

Sasha Weiss

Sasha Weiss is a professional coach and organizational consultant with two decades of experience in the private equity and non-profit sectors in Israel and overseas. Having founded and served on boards of several non-profits, Sasha has experience in all stages of non-profit lifecycle. As a coach for team members and executives from organizations such as Leket, Beit Issie Shapiro, Telfed, Nefesh B’Nefesh and others Sasha has worked with people to develop their management skills and identity, strengthen their fundraising structure, and start new positions and organizations. Sasha’s coaching focus is on assisting her clients to find solutions, to feel empowered and to become more effective in their positions.

Sasha earned a BA in Intellectual History and an MA in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently concluding a MA in Social Psychology from the IDC. Sasha is a certified organizational consultant and coach with advanced NLP training.

Sasha is married to Yoni and is the proud mother of four children.

Jennifer Shaw Racz

Jennifer Shaw Racz, MPH, moved to Israel from California in 2008 bringing with her a wealth of experience from the nonprofit world.  For more than 20 years, Jennifer has worked for NGO’s all over the world in various capacities, including program management, training, resource development, technical assistance, research and evaluation, and education design.  As a result she really understands the complexities and intricacies of NGOs, bringing both “big-picture” and practical views to her work.

Jennifer has a degree in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University and a Masters in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.  Before coming to Israel, she managed community based research grants, gave technical assistance to microfinance organizations, and managed programs in a community clinic focused on minority health.

Here in Israel, Jennifer currently works in resource development after working as a consultant for the Ministry of Health and other Israeli nonprofits in the health and social service fields.  Jennifer also lectures in courses on health interventions, grant writing and program planning at Hebrew University. She currently lives in Jerusalem with her family and is very excited to be part of the talented and effective NGO Catalyst team.