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April 16, 2023

How Revenue is Spent at the Fellowship of Christians and Jews (2021)

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.”

How is revenue spent at IFCJ?  The short answer is that about half of revenue is spent on grants to Jewish organizations – in the US and in Israel – while the other half is spent on fundraising, printing and postage, television and radio airtime, staff compensation, fees for services, office-related expenses, and travel.  For more detail, read on.

Based in Chicago, Illinois, IFCJ raised $220 million in 2021 (compared to $158 million in 2020, $118 million in 2019 and $119 million in 2018), most of which came from contributions, gifts, and grants.

Expenses totaled $177 million ($43 million less than the organization raised or 80% of revenue raised in 2021) and can be categorized as follows:

  • $104 million (47% of revenue):  Grants
  • $ 41 million (19% of revenue):  Printing,Postage, TV and Radio, Telemarketing, Adv & Prom
  • $ 15 million (7% of revenue):  Compensation
  • $  9 million (4% of revenue):  Fees for Services
  • $  8  million (3% of revenue):  Office-Related Expenses

Using the above information, every $100 in revenue was spent as follows:

$100:  Revenue

-$ 19: Printing, Postage, TV, Radio, Programs, Telemarketing, Advertising and Promotion

-$  7:  Compensation

-$  4:  Fees for Services

-$  3:  Office-Related Expenses

-$ 33: Subtotal: Organizational Expenses

  $ 67: Remaining Revenue

-$ 47:  Grants

$   20:  Remaining Revenue:  To General Fund

As illustrated above, the largest expense for the IFCJ is grants, which totaled $104 million in 2021.


Part IX, Statement of Functional Expenses reports IFCJ made $36 million in grants to domestic organizations and $68 million in grants to foreign organizations.  However, Schedule F, Part 1 reports $73 million in grants to foreign organizations, of which $68 million was to Hakeren L’Yedidut, which operates as the Israeli representative of the IFCJ in Israel.  Schedule I, Part II, reports 11 grants greater than $5,000 totaling $12 million were made to 9 organizations in the US primarily for food and humanitarian support:

  • $10 million:  Federation of Jewish Communities of the CIS, of NY, NY for support
  • $6.9 million:  American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, of NY, NY for support
  • $4.5 million:  Friends of the IDF, of NY, NY for support of Israeli soldiers and their families
  • $4.0 million:  American Committee for SHAARE Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem, of NY, NY for hospital
  • $3.3 million:  Friends of United Hatzalah, of NY, NY for support
  • $3.0 million:  Colel Chabad, of Brooklyn, NY for support
  • $1.3 million:  TIKVA Corp, of NY, NY for support
  • $1.0 million:  Chamah, of NY, NY for support
  • $1.0 million:  Jewish Agency for Israel North, of NY, NY for immigration to Israel support
  • $0.7 million:  American Friends of Orr Shalom, of Janesville, WI for support
  • $0.3 million:  American Friends of Leket Israel, of Teaneck, NJ for support

So, it appears that nearly all grants of the IFCJ were made to Jewish organizations,  most of which appear to support operations in Israel, including grants made to domestic organizations whose purpose is to support operations in Israel. 


The IFCJ participates in a variety of fundraising methods (i.e. mail, internet, e-mail, phone, and in-person solicitations and also solicitation of non-government grants) but relies primarily on direct mail. Schedule G, Part I reports outside organizations raised $116 million, retained $7 million, netting IFCJ $109 million.


Compensation is the third largest expense. 133 employees received $15 million in compensation, which equates to an average compensation of $113,000.  However, only 26 employees received more than $100,000 with the most highly compensated employee reported to be Yael Eckstein Farkas, whose total compensation was reported to be $776,301.  


IFCJ had $106 million in net assets at the end of 2021 (compared to $61 million at the beginning of the year). This increase is attributable to not spending as much as the organization raised ($43 million) and also net unrealized gains on assets ($2 million).

In summation, IFCJ appears to primarily raise money to support Jewish organizations, primarily in Israel.  The organization relies heavily on fundraisers with about half of the revenue coming from these outside organizations.  However IFCJ spends heavily for these dollars spending $41 million in printing, postage, advertising, promotion, television and radio ads, and telemarketing fees.   About half of revenue is awarded in grants while the other half is used to support the organization (i.e. pay employees, fundraise, pay office-related expenses and fees, etc) and increase the general fund.

To read the IRS Form 990 (2021), click here.

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