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AABGU plays a vital role
in helping BGU fulfill its unique responsibility to develop the Negev,
the focus of the future
of Israel. 


Mission Statement

American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) plays a vital role in sustaining David Ben-Gurion's vision, creating a world-class institution of education and research in the Israeli desert, nurturing the Negev community and sharing the University's expertise locally and around the globe.

How AABGU Fulfills its Mission

AABGU fulfills its mission by raising funds and awareness for the University across the United States, showcasing BGU's academic excellence and cutting-edge research from the desert for the world.

Activities include educating individuals, foundations and media about the University's groundbreaking research through a series of exciting, informative communications, educational programs and events, featuring BGU's world-renowned faculty.

AABGU promotes the pioneering spirit of Israel's founders that continues to flourish in the vast desert wilderness of the Negev. A unique oasis of innovation, BGU is making the desert bloom, providing expertise in desert studies, alternative energy, ecological conservation, water purification and management, bio- and nanotechnologies, community medicine and global health, social work, and Jewish literature and culture.

AABGU supports these endeavors and the University's extensive outreach to the Negev's diverse communities, its Arab neighbors, developing nations and the world.

Founded in 1972, AABGU is a nonprofit corporation with headquarters in New York City and nine regional offices throughout the United States. For more information about programs in your area go to Regions & Events.

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In the vast desert wilderness of the Negev, the pioneering spirit of Israel's earliest founders still flourishes. Help support this oasis of innovation. To learn more about Ben-Gurion University and local activities, sign-up for e-mail updates and news. To help fulfill the dream, make a donation today.

More than 77 percent of all donated proceeds goes for the direct benefit of Ben-Gurion University. Over the past five-year period AABGU's fundraising and administrative costs averaged 20 percent of its total revenue.

American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Gifts of stock and Israel Bonds are accepted.

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