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January 26, 2023

Executive Compensation at the Jewish Federations of North America (2021)

by Anne Paddock

The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) “represents and serves 146 Jewish Federations, 300 independent network Jewish communities across North America and 30 separately incorporated Jewish community foundations.” In more simplistic terms, JFNA is primarily engaged in fundraising and awarding grants (primarily to United Israel Appeal – a wholly owned subsidiary organization that files a separate Form 990, and the Joint Distribution Committee).

Of the $265 million raised in 2021, JFNA awarded $215 million (81% of revenue) in grants,  most of which went to domestic organizations (primarily to two organizations:  $146 million to United Israel Appeal, a subsidiary of JFNA who awarded all the funds to foreign organizations, foreign governments, and foreign individuals,  and $43 million to Joint Distribution Committee, a Jewish Humanitarian 501 (c) (3).

JFNA is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) based in New York City with 171 employees who were compensated $23 million, which equates to an average compensation of $135,000. However, only 50 individuals received more than $100,000 in compensation.  The 12 most highly compensated individuals were reported to be:

  • $657,038:  Eric Fingerhut, President and CEO
  • $480,391:  Mark Gurvis, EVP
  • $387,208:  Becky Caspi, Director General Israel Office
  • $299,247:  Davi Ellis, CIO
  • $289,269:  Shira Hutt, EVP
  • $287,294:  David Kessel, AVP
  • $265,748:  Irit Gross, AVP
  • $259,559:  Beth Cousens, AVP
  • $258,019:  Pamela A Zaltsman, CFO* 
  • $246,249:  Beth Mann, VP
  • $192,319:  Becky Porath, General Counsel
  • $178,112:  Pam Kurtzman, SVP

“*” indicates a portion of compensation was paid by a related organization – United Israel Appeal

Of the 12 most highly compensated individuals, 9 (75%) are female and 3 (25%) are male.

JFNA paid for companion travel (additional notes indicate travel for the spouse of the CEO was paid for when attendance was required).

The five most highly compensated independent contractors were reported to be:

  • $610,027:  Blackbaud, of Atlanta, GA for donor management
  • $440,145:  Fusion Labs, of Dallas, TX for donor management
  • $400,254:  Scott Circle Events, of Washington, DC for meetings management
  • $320,545:  DRG Search, of New York, NY for executive search
  • $300,000:  Arizona Biltmore (A Waldorf Astoria resort), of Phoenix, AZ for conferences and meetings

To read the JFNA IRS Form 990 (2020 for the year ending June 30, 2021), click here.

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