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March 10, 2022


Executive Compensation at the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (2020)

by Anne Paddock

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501 (c) 3 founded by a rabbi in 1983 as a way to “bless Israel and the Jewish people around the world with humanitarian care and life-saving aid” while “building bridges between Christians and Jews.”

There are 9 independent voting members (directors) of the governing body, although 10 are listed on the most recent Form 990 (2020) (with 2 directors – Ed Frankel (a director through 6/20) and Keith Frankel related), which appears to be due to timing differences. 8 of the directors are male while 2 are female (note:  the Form 990 does not report gender; determinations were made based on name and google searches).

Based in Chicago, Illinois, IFCJ raised $158 million in 2020 and reported $132 million in expenses ($26 million less than the organization raised) with the three largest expenses reported to be grants ($71 million – primarily to Hakeren L’Yedidut, an organization that operates as the Israeli representative of the IFCJ), fundraising and advertising ($32 million), and compensation ($13 million).

129 employees received $13 million in compensation which equates to an average compensation of $101,000.  24 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation with the 13 most highly compensated reported to be:

  • $696,072:  Yael Ekstein-Farkas (daughter of the founder of IFCJ)
  • $393,109:  Robin Van Etten, Global Chief Operating Officer
  • $371,499:  George Mamo, Former Global Chief Operating Officer
  • $248,513:  Eric Frans, VP of Philanthropy
  • $242,853:  Laurel Simkovich, VP of Finance
  • $223,733:  Katherine Rovani, Associate VP of Ops (as of 1/1/20)
  • $203,725:  Geraldine Tolbert, Associate VP of HR (as of 1/1/20)
  • $196,018:  Kristen Henning, Sr Director of Finance
  • $191,121:  Erica Prescott, Sr Director Integr FR and Donor Retention
  • $184,036:  Christine Jespersen, Philanthropy Advisor
  • $182,895:  Damon Card, Former VP of Information Services
  • $171,117:  Tewahedo Seyoum, Director of Information Services
  • $165,292:  James Ray, Director of Gift Planning (as of 10/20)

8 of the 13 (62%) most highly compensated employees are female while 5 of the 13 (38%) are male.  The 13 most highly compensated employees received $3.4 million in compensation.

IFCJ made gross up payments or provided tax indemnification but no detail is provided.

37 independent contractors received more than $100,000 in compensation in 2020 with the five (5) most highly compensated reported to be:

  • $14.6 million:  Production Solutions, of Vienna, VA for print and postage
  • $10.7 million:  Cannela Response Television, of Burlington, WI for tv ad placement
  • $ 1.5 million:  Google, of San Francisco, for internet search and advertising
  • $ 1.4 million:  MDS Communications Corp, of Mesa, AZ for telemarketing
  • $1.2 million:  Causeworx, of Ontario, Canada, for telemarketing

To read the IRS Form 990 (2020), please click here.

To read about previous Executive Compensation, and specifically about the founder’s executive compensation to him and his family, click on “Executive Compensation at he International Fellowship of Christians and Jews.

13 Comments Post a comment
  1. Pauline Clark
    Sep 24 2022

    Do NOT give money to this so called charity for these Jews. It’s basically a charity for these RICH PEOPLE! NOT the Jews! Want to give people. Hand the money to the person themselves! NOT through this so called charity!

  2. Jake rams
    Sep 17 2022

    Its a true same that the expenses are so high. A lot of top headed salaries why???its so sad the the top 2 people earn in excess of 1million dollars and you want individuals to cotribute to fund these 2 people. What a joke i hope you all go to h____.Hitler took advantage of the Jews and now this organization are taking food out of their mouths. The people here should be advanced. I would not give this org a dime!

  3. Aug 30 2022

    The employee benefit costs are disclosed as part of compensation.

  4. Douglas W. Breazell
    Aug 29 2022

    They have not published how much goes into a retirement fund, or health insurance. Are travel expenses to distant countries and cities labeled as fundraising expenses? $ 1,000-night hotels, $500 dollar-a-plate dinners, etc. I can’t for the life of me see how the US Government allows such a claim, except, they get some financial benefits from them as well.

  5. Michael Doran
    Aug 20 2022

    I just found out today that the amount of compensation these people are getting is beyond reproach! I’ll never give another dime to these criminals.

  6. Holden McGroin
    Aug 3 2022

    $700 grand?!?! Wow!!! She couldnt get by on a quart mil???

  7. Jul 31 2022

    Asking for donations, calling it a “charity”, helping the hungry with a meager box of food, while the executives rake in the $$ and the founder’s daughter makes 3/4 of a million. God will judge.

  8. Brian Dickerson
    Jul 16 2022

    There’s a special place in Hell for these charlatans.

  9. Jul 12 2022

    That’s why it is so important to read the Form 990. But, you’re right, the basis is truth and honesty.

  10. Mark A. Weinberger
    Jul 11 2022

    You see these commercials and it breaks your heart…but who do you trust in regards to making donations to any organization…how do you know how much actually goes to the people in need, and not the rich CEO’s who run the show?…Wish I could make 700K a year!

  11. Norma Maria Early
    Jun 27 2022

    There is no way that the daughter of the founder, Yael Ekstein-Farkas, should be making that much money. Think of all the Jews this organization could really help if her salary was, say, $250,000. So many more Jews could be helped if the leaders of this organization weren’t so greedy! No one needs almost $700,000.00 a year!!! Stop being greedy and give the money to those that really need it. I was going to contribute but now that I’ve seen the exorbitant salaries, I am definitely NOT giving you any of my hard earned money to help support your lavish lifetime. If you can convince me that you all give most of your salaries to the Jews in need, then I will contribute.

  12. Charles Dekon
    Jun 18 2022

    Seems like the Charity is all going to the Jews running the show. The commercials are a big lie. These people are crooks and all should be jailed for there lies. Thought the Natizs were bad. Not compared to these thieves.

  13. Terry Nich
    Mar 25 2022

    Seems like everybody’s making a butt load of money except for the poor Jews they are supposed to be helping.

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