United Israel Appeal of Canada

4600 Bathurst Street, Suite 421
Toronto, ON M2R 3V3
President & CEO: Nikki Holland
Board Chair: Michael Frankel

Charitable Reg. #:13459 3391 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 2/5]


Audited financial statements available only through official request for information from Charities Directorate.



Grade based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 95 cents are available for programs.

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About United Israel Appeal of Canada:

Founded in 1967, United Israel Appeal of Canada (UIA) exists to promote Jewish culture, identity, and philanthropy.  Most of its programs are run through partner oragnizations in Israel focused on development and humanitarian work. It also runs projects in Canada to reinforce Jewish identity, support Jewish people, and politically advocate for Jewish interests. 

In F2019, UIA reports spending $58.7m on its projects in Israel. These projects are broken into the categories of education, poverty relief, medical programs, and immigrant absorption. It provides scholarships to students, helps Jews from around the world integrate into Israeli society, and supports the elderly, poor and disabled. It also funds scientific development and innovation projects, like investing in clean energy research. 

United Israel Appeal of Canada owns land in Israel for its overseas projects. Its audited financial statements show a value of $1 for these properties, while they are reported at a value of $135m on UIA’s F2020 T3010 filing.  

UIA reports another $2.7m in spending on overseas projects but does not say where the money went. It reports helping 55,000 Jews in 70 countries through the New-York based charity JDC, and running humanitarian projects for Jews in Venezuela. 

UIA runs the Birthright program, which gives young Jewish Canadians a free guided trip to Israel. The goal is to help the international Jewish community feel a connection to Israel, Jewish history, and Jewish culture. UIA also promotes Jewish culture through micro-grants to cultural projects in small Canadian communities. It funds research and archival work by the Alex Dworkin Canadian Jewish Archives. In F2019, UIA reports that these archives answered 1,000 queries, an increase over previous years. 

One of UIA’s F2019 programs was a trip to New York where 25 of its top donors networked with industry leaders in technology and venture capital. 

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Results and Impact

Ci was unable to find any quantification of United Israel Appeal of Canada’s impact. This may not be a complete representation of United Israel Appeal of Canada’s results and impact. 

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United Israel Appeal of Canada received $88.5m in donations in F2019, making it one of Canada’s Major 100 charities. Administrative costs are 5% of revenues less investment income and fundraising costs are 0% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 5%. For every dollar donated, 95 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.  

United Israel Appeal of Canada has funding reserves of $56.5m which could cover annual program costs for 8 months.  

This charity report is an update that has been sent to United Israel Appeal of Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.  

Updated on August 25, 2021 by Asha McMullin. 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 5.1%4.6%4.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.3%0.3%0.5%
Total overhead spending 5.4%4.9%4.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 68.0%43.6%84.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 88,467100,978112,198
Government funding 54242
Investment income 1,0962,5612,308
Total revenues 89,567103,543114,749
Program costs - International 61,44493,66854,239
Program costs - Canada 21,53522,53421,836
Administrative costs 4,5494,6394,574
Fundraising costs 272325541
Total spending 87,799121,16681,190
Cash flow from operations 1,768(17,623)33,559
Capital spending 75,434752
Funding reserves 56,46550,70164,266

Note: Ci adjusted for deferred donations to report on a cash basis affecting revenues by $3.5m in F2019, ($21.0m) in F2018, and $33.7m in F2017. Ci included foreign exchange gains/losses in investment income rather than program costs affecting revenues and expenses by ($589k) in F2019, $2.1m in F2018, and $1.5m in F2017. Ci removed gain on the sale of property in Israel from income, affecting revenues by $nil in F2019, ($2.7m) in F2018, and ($3.5m) in F2017.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 27

Avg. compensation: $82,395

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2020

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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

Website: www.jewishcanada.org
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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001