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March 10, 2022

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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.

1 Comment Post a comment
  1. 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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