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 Eckstein-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 the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews.“