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