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ICF Marks First Yom Ha'atzmaut Since the War Began with a Global Campaign to Support the Children of October 7th

Crowdfunding campaign will offer people worldwide a meaningful way to offer support during Israel’s time of crisis.

Tel Aviv, May 1, 2024 - The Israeli Children's Fund (ICF) today announced the launch of a crowdfunding campaign to mark Israel’s upcoming Independence Day, or Yom Ha’atzmaut. Aimed at supporting the orphaned children of October 7th, the campaign will utilize JGive’s technology platform to facilitate making contributions for more people and communities worldwide. The campaign will run through May 16, following Yom Ha'atzmaut.


On October 7. 2023 over 1,200 innocent Israeli men, women and children were massacred by Hamas terrorists, leaving hundreds of children orphaned. The ICF was established in the immediate aftermath of this humanitarian crisis to help raise critical funds towards the children’s short and long term financial and professional needs, as a complement to available government resources. According to the ICF, an estimated 400 children lost one or both parents in the massacre.


“With all of Israel still grieving and reeling from the massacre and so many Israeli hostages still captive in Gaza, we expect this year’s Yom Ha’atzmaut will inevitably be more somber than celebratory,” said Lior Krengel, ICF’s Chief Executive Officer. “Participating in the ICF campaign is a way to  honor Israel’s resilience as well as offer hope to the children who lost so much on October 7. All proceeds will go towards providing critical resources and support to ensure these children can go on to live full, satisfying lives despite what they’ve endured.” This year’s Yom Ha’atzmaut falls on May 14th, following Israel’s national Remembrance Day. According to the latest data, more than 130 people abducted on Oct. 7 are still held hostage in Gaza, including the bodies of at least 34 people.


Within weeks of its inception following October 7 the ICF has already extended over 1 Million NIS or over $500,000 USD in funding to orphaned children while establishing the financial, legal and structural foundation for long-term stability. Through initiatives like the JGive campaign, the ICF aims to provide the financial base, ongoing support and growth opportunities to help the children who survived October 7th overcome adversity and realize their full potential in life. The goal is to make it possible for every child to embrace life milestones as they navigate their recovery process and transition into adulthood. The ICF is also curating a network to help young people fill any gaps socially or professionally resulting from their loss.


"Through JGive’s platform, we are able to offer more people a meaningful way to contribute to Israel during this difficult and challenging time of need, especially for the children who suffered such trauma and loss on October 7th," said Marni Mandell, a former tech CEO and member of ICF’s founding team. “With the help of our partners and ambassadors worldwide, we are committed to doing all that we can to be a beacon of light that helps guide these children on the path towards a brighter future.”


To support the children of October 7th, please visit the ICF campaign page on JGive.


For more information about how you can get involved or collaborate with the ICF, please visit 



Karen Kuller

Marketing Communications

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About the Israeli Children’s Fund


The Israeli Children’s Fund (ICF) is a volunteer-led non-profit founded by a group of Israeli tech and business leaders to support the Israeli children who lost one or both of their parents on October 7th. More than 1200 innocent Israeli civilians were brutally raped, tortured, abducted or massacred when Hamas terrorists invaded Israel, leaving hundreds of children orphaned that day. ICF is committed to providing these children with critical financial and professional support with the aim of helping them rebuild their lives and realize their fullest potential despite their devastating trauma and loss. Within weeks of its inception, the ICF has extended over 500,000 USD to address the childrens’ immediate needs, while laying the financial, legal, and structural foundation to ensure their stability long term. For more information about ICF, opportunities to volunteer or to make a donation please visit 


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