"SAVI" is an anagram for Sara and Victor Fonda, who founded the SAVI project in Israel more than 30 years ago: and "Recycling is Fun", the successor of "SAVI" in 2010
Sara and Victor are prominent philanthropists in the Melbourne Jewish Community of Australia. On retiring, Sara, entered the world of social entrepreneurship. Her vast business skills provided her with the ability to direct her talents to the social sector and register SAVI in Israel in 1982 as a not-for-profit organization .
The major role of this Foundation in Israel was to provide raw and cut handicraft material to day care and residential centers for the aged, rehabilitation and crisis centers and the housebound elderly, on a national level in Israel. The Israeli branch operated in the city of Netanya; in recent years in two bomb shelters, provided by the local council. A retiree was employed to oversee the local operation, which became well known among not-for-profits and welfare organizations, serving over 800 centers. On the other side of the globe, in Australia, Sara created "Craft is Fun" in 1996, a not-for-profit center which aimed to enhance the quality of life through creative craft activities. The Australian headquarters was operated by a group of local dedicated volunteers, with Sara at the helm.
In March 2003, due to the threat of war with Iraq and the consequent demand by the local Netanya municipality to vacate the two bomb shelters, Sara was faced with the decision to close down the Israeli branch. She then opted to pass on the entire content of handicraft materials from the Netanya division, to the CLICK not-for-profit. CLICK's director Linda Mosek undertook to further continue the equivalent of the operation in the city of Hod Hasharon. In addition as of June 2003, due to personal reasons, Sara chose to close the head office in Australia, and transfer all its contents to CLICK'S director, including a cutting machine, and a large assortment of materials in consecutive consignments. The first of three shipments arrived in August 2003.
The SAVI Foundation now functions entirely in Israel. It is supported by the Fonda Family, Pratt Family Foundation of Australia, myisrael Fund in England and the Ziv Tzedakah Fund in America.
CLICK's director pledged to maintain the name "SAVI Foundation" as the title of the project, and fulfil the founders' dream and vision in the land of Israel:- To promote the therapeutic benefits of crafting as a miracle "drug" to reduce stress, calm the mind and soul and improve academic learning for terror victims in rehabilitation, children in crisis intervention centers, elderly in day and residential centers, pre-school and school children, children in after school holiday programs, patients in hospitals, elderly in home based care, youth movements, intergenerational projects, special education schools and the general public.
To provide valued occupation in the community, for people of all ages who are predominantly elderly and disabled.
To become a sustainable in-house industry, based on reinvestment of profits to cover expenses of the SAVI project and fund future community philanthropic causes.