About the Foundation


Agnes & Beny Steinmetz Foundation for Children and Youth in Israel

The Agnes and Beny Steinmetz Foundation was founded in 2006 by the married couple it is named after. Agnes and Beny's primary mission in founding this foundation was to consolidate their private charitable efforts into a more formal grant-making apparatus, that would carry forward their vision of building a healthy and strong future for the Israeli society. The Foundation undertakes this mission by funding education, culture, welfare and health programs, mainly for children during their early years, and for youth at risk.

Early Childhood

In Israel, one out of three children is living below the poverty line. This means that there is a high probability of unfavorable social outcomes as a result of a lack of access to opportunities and services. The Foundation’s objective is to reach these children, in their formative years, when preventative strategies are the most powerful and have the highest probability of success. 

Through a number of initiatives, and in coordination with cities and other municipalities in Israel, the Agnes and Beny Steinmetz Foundation funds programs that build public awareness of the importance of early childhood development and of professional training for teachers, caregivers and others working with young children. One of the key components of the Foundation's program is to help municipalities build and strengthen their early childhood outreach efforts, which includes upskilling local service providers and ensuring that each city or municipality has a qualified early childhood specialist to manage city/municipality-wide programming.

Since it was founded, the Agnes & Beny Steinmetz Foundation supported 40,000 children through its funded programs. In this same period, 3,500 professional staff have received education and training, and 7,000 parents have been reached, strengthening public awareness of issues in child development. Nine cities in Israel appointed an early childhood specialist to oversee programming, and 20 early childhood centers have been or are being initiated, forming the backbone of a network that will spread across Israel.


Beny Steinmetz

Beny Steinmetz is a businessman and philanthropist, the chairman and founder of the Agnes and Beny Steinmetz foundation.
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Agnes Steinmetz

Agnes Steinmetz is the chairman and founder of the Agnes and Beny Steinmetz foundation.
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 Iris London-Zolty

Iris London-Zolty is the CEO of the Agnes and Beny Steinmetz Foundation since 2006, in her role she combines her business and law knowledge. 
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