United Jewish Appeal of Greater Toronto

4600 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON M2R 3V2
President & CEO: Adam Minsky
Board Chair: Jeffrey Rosenthal

Charitable Reg. #:11927 6723 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



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) 84 cents are available for programs.

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About United Jewish Appeal of Greater Toronto:

United Jewish Appeal is a four-star charity with an average results reporting grade. It is financially transparent and with its current funding reserves, it can cover around 5 months of annual program costs.  

United Jewish Appeal of Greater Toronto (UJA GTA) raises money to support Jewish communities in Toronto and globally. It works with Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto (the Foundation). The Foundation is a separate registered charity. Together they form UJA Federation of Greater Toronto (UJA Federation). The two charities share a website and release an annual report with combined results. UJA Federation is not a registered charity. 

UJA GTA works with many Canadian Charities controlled by the UJA Federation. These include Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Jewish Community Campus, Lipa Green Centre for Jewish Community Services, Sherman Campus, 750 Spadina Ave. Association, Jewish Community Properties of Greater Toronto, the Ontario Jewish Archives Foundation, the Jewish Museum of Canada, and Greater Toronto Jewish Federation New Venture. It also controls American Friends of United Jewish Appeal of Greater Toronto, which is an American charity, and 1867942 Ontario Inc., a for-profit company. 

UJA GTA’s F2022 financial statement report a disbursement of $86.8m. In F2022 annual report UJA GTA says to have disbursed $70.3m in grants, that went to the five main pillars that UJA GTA wishes to preserve and strengthen. 

Strengthening Jewish Education received 30% of the total grants. United Jewish Appeal of Greater Toronto works with 16 day schools. It also helps with 40 after-school programs in Toronto. In spring 2023, the Toronto Holocaust Museum was opened. It was formerly known as the UJA’s Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Centre. 

Building Connections with Israel and Supporting Global Jewish Communities in Need received 21%. UJA GTA helped Jewish people affected by the Ukrainian invasion of February 2022. It sent food, medicine and other essentials to more than 1,000 locations in Eastern Europe. It also reports to have helped more than 40,000 Jews from the region reach Israel. In F2021, it helped more than 80,000 elderly Jews from former Soviet Union countries. It gave them food, medicine and other resources.  

Strengthening Jewish Identity received 19% of total grants disbursed. Through the Tomorrow Campaign, UJA GTA funds three Jewish Community Centres. These are the Sherman Campus, the Downtown Campus and the Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Jewish Community Campus. United Jewish Appeal of Greater Toronto works with 20 camps around Toronto.  

Fighting Poverty and Improving Well Being was 19% of total disbursements. UJA GTA has a network of 11 Jewish human service agency partners. Increase in food prices has been a problem that affected many in the Jewish community. To help with it, the charity has the Kosher Meals on Wheels, Passover meal kits and foodbank programs. Through these programs, the charity reached more than 3,700 at-risk individuals. In F2022, 3,300 people accessed UJA partner agencies’ mental health support services.  

Countering Antisemitism and Improving Community Security received the final 11% of grants. In F2022 there were 700 community members enrolled in community security training. As of F2021, 130 Jewish organizations receive help and alerts from UJA GTA.  

Countering Antisemitism and Improving Community Security received the final 11% of grants. In F2022 there were 700 community members enrolled in community security training. As of F2021, 130 Jewish organizations receive help and alerts from UJA GTA.


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Results and Impact

In F2021, United Jewish Appeal expanded the online portal UJACommunityScholarships.ca. On the website, community members can find information about subsidies, grants and scholarships. It now offers more options for day schools, part-time Jewish schools and Jewish non-profit overnight camps. Through the portal, 550 children received scholarships for summer camps, for a total of $1.4m.  

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of United Jewish Appeal of Greater Toronto’s results and impact. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r). 

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UJA GTA is a Major 100, one of Canada's largest donor funded charities, with donations of $112.0m in F2022. Administrative costs are 9% of revenues (excluding investment income). Fundraising costs are 7% of donations. This results in overhead spending of 16%. For every dollar donated, 84 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. 

UJA GTA has $22.9m in reserve funds. These reserve funds are United Jewish Appeal of Greater Toronto’s cash and investments. The charity could cover 43% or around five months of annual program costs with current reserves.  

At F2016 year-end, UJA GTA and the former United Jewish Welfare Fund (UJWF) merged under UJA GTA's name, excluding UJWF's Foundation assets. These assets are now managed by United Jewish Appeal Foundation. UJA GTA’s audited financial statements combine UJA GTA’s financial performance with all eleven of its related entities, which Ci used in its financial analysis. From F2021 onwards, the financial statements do not account for the Prosserman Jewish Community Centre and the Schwartz/Reisman Centre. 

In F2022 UJA GTA  paid external fundraisers $135k. These external fundraisers raised $757k in donations. This means it costs UJA GTA $0.18 to raise $1 using external fundraisers.   

UJA GTA’s five largest grants reported in its F2022 T3010 CRA filing are: $23.2m to United Israel Appeal of Canada, $6.2m to Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto, $6.1m to Jewish Family and Child Service of Greater Toronto, $2.2m to Eitz Chaim Schools, and $2.0m to Netivot HaTorah Day School. This grant breakdown does not include grants that went to the Canadian charities controlled by UJA GTA. 

Charity Intelligence has sent this profile update to UJA GTA for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming. 

Updated on June 1, 2023, by Alessandra Castino. 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 9.4%5.9%9.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 6.9%3.3%5.5%
Total overhead spending 16.4%9.2%14.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 43.0%31.9%10.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 112,004159,176126,640
Government funding 1,6061,200498
Business activities (net) 305125(498)
Investment income (286)823177
Other income 6,6147,4917,288
Total revenues 120,243168,815134,105
Program costs 551943587
Grants 52,76348,04745,570
Donor-designated donations 34,05579,42631,368
Administrative costs 11,3709,93512,284
Fundraising costs 7,7705,2556,955
Other costs 1,5211,8351,832
Total spending 108,030145,44198,596
Cash flow from operations 12,21323,37435,509
Capital spending 4,4606,61217,013
Funding reserves 22,93915,6274,659

Note: Rental income is reported net of building operations expenses in business activities, decreasing total revenues and expenses by $8.7m in F2022, $6.2m in F2021, and $7.4m in F2020. Ci reported Foundation administrative fee recoveries as a contra-expense in administrative costs, decreasing total revenues and expenses by $2.1m in F2022, $1.6m in F2020, and $1.5m in F2020. Ci adjusted for non-government deferred revenue (excluding deferred revenues from rent items), affecting revenue by ($5.1m) in F2022, ($4.3m) in F2021, and $18.1m in F2020. Program costs include capital project expenses. Strategic plan costs are included in administrative costs. Ci only backed out interest-bearing loans payable from funding reserves. Ci adjusts grants for changes in grants payable to report actual cash grants made during the year. UJA GTA’s audited financials report changes in grants payable to United Israel Appeal that would increase grants by ($175k) in F2022, ($269k) in F2021, and $694k in F2020, but the statements do not disclose whether these changes relate to undesignated grants or donor-designated grants. As such, Ci’s analysis does not include an adjustment. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 182

Avg. compensation: $110,310

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 F2022

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