International Fellowship of Christians and Jews of Canada

330 Bay Street, Suite 1505
Toronto, ON M5H 2S8
Executive Director: Jackie Gotwalt
Board Chair: Mark Climie-Elliott

Charitable Reg. #:86941 1587 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) 63 cents are available for programs.

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About International Fellowship of Christians and Jews of Canada:

International Fellowship of Christians and Jews of Canada is 4-star rated, financially transparent charity. It has an above average score in results reporting and its overhead costs are outside of Ci’s reasonable range. International Fellowship of Christians and Jews of Canada has $1.6m in reserve funds which can cover two months of annual program costs.

Founded in 2003, International Fellowship of Christians and Jews of Canada (IFCJC) aims to promote better relations and understanding between Christians and Jews. IFCJC is the Canadian chapter of International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, founded in 1983 by Orthodox Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein (1951-2019). On her father's death, Yael Eckstein became IFCJC's president.

IFCJC's programs provide humanitarian care and aid to Israel and Jewish people worldwide. IFCJC has three main programs: Guardians of Israel, Isaiah 58, and On Wings of Eagles. 

Guardians of Israel – 46% of program spending 

International Fellowship of Christians and Jews of Canada reports 20% of Israelis in Israel live below the poverty line. This is one in three for children. Through the Guardians of Israel program, IFCJC provides food, clothing, and other essentials for people in need in Israel. In F2022, the charity distributed 632,520 hot meals in 22 soup kitchens in Israel. It also provided 730 backpacks and school supplies to children and provided 196,326 hours of home care to elderly people. In addition, it distributed food cards and food packages to 1,800 elderly people in Israel.

Isaiah 58 – 34% of program spending

The charity states that 56,000 Holocaust survivors live in the former Soviet Union (FSU). It adds that 50% of Jewish children in the FSU live under the poverty line. The Isaiah 58 program gives food, medical care, companionship, and other assistance to Jews in the FSU. The charity reports that it performed 23 emergency surgeries and medical treatments for children in the FSU. It also provided blankets to 3,039 elderly people with survival items such as food, blankets and clothing. 

On Wings of Eagles – 20% of program spending

International Fellowship of Christians and Jews explains that many Jews feel threatened by anti-Semitism in their livelihoods. The charity adds that one in three eastern Europeans have anti-Semitic attitudes. Through the On Wings of Eagles program, IFCJC rescues Jews from rising anti-Semitism and poverty by helping them immigrate to Israel. The charity reports that it helped 1,174 Jewish refugees immigrate to Israel in F2022.

IFCJC's F2022 T3010 filing with the CRA reports domestic and international grants that Charity Intelligence cannot reconcile with IFCJC's spending reported in its audited financial statements. These include $6.2m transferred to Keren L'Yedidut in Israel (the Israeli chapter of IFCJ), $1.9m to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Centre in Russia and $720k to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in Ukraine. It also granted $135k to The Jerusalem Foundation of Canada Inc. and $100k to the Canadian Foundation for Education and Welfare of Jews of the CIS.

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Results and Impact

Charity Intelligence did not find any quantified outcomes on International Fellowship of Christians and Jews of Canada’s website. This may not be a complete representation of IFCJC’s results and impact.

This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).

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International Fellowship of Christians and Jews of Canada received $14.4m in donations in F2022, compared with $13.2m in F2021 and $11.6m in F2020. Administrative costs are 9% of revenues (less investment income), and fundraising costs are 29% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 37%. For every dollar donated, 63 cents go to the cause, which is outside of Ci's reasonable range for overhead spending. 

IFCJC has $1.6m in reserve funds, which can cover 16% or two months of its annual program costs, indicating a need for funding.

IFCJC reports using external fundraisers, paying $133k to raise $776k in F2022. This means the charity paid $0.17 for each dollar raised by external fundraisers.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to International Fellowship of Christians and Jews of Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 14, 2023 by Victoria Allder 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 8.6%5.3%7.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 28.5%21.7%19.5%
Total overhead spending 37.1%27.0%26.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 16.3%28.0%19.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 14,41313,23511,556
Investment income 3601
Total revenues 14,44913,23511,557
Program costs 9,6348,9717,617
Administrative costs 1,242705826
Fundraising costs 4,1062,8672,258
Total spending 14,98112,54310,701
Cash flow from operations (532)692856
Capital spending 177011
Funding reserves 1,5742,5121,500

Note: To report on a cash basis, Ci adjusted for deferred donations, affecting total revenue by ($57k) in F2022, $72k in F2021 and $20k in F2020. Ci removed amortization from program costs, decreasing program costs by $12k in F2022, $10k in F2021 and $9k in F2020. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 12

Avg. compensation: $85,038

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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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

Comment added by the charity September 2023. 

You can be confident that your donations to the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews of Canada (IFCJ Canada) are being used conscientiously to do the most good for Israel and Jewish people in need around the world. IFCJ Canada regularly submits our financial information to Canada’s most established and respected charity watchdog organization — Charity Intelligence Canada — and we work hard to receive the highest grades possible for accountability and transparency, and to constantly be improving.

At IFCJ Canada, we will feel a deep sense of pride and accomplishment knowing all we have done for those in need. Our donors have proven time and time again that they are committed to supporting Israel’s people, and over the last year reminded all of us just how deep that commitment really is.

In 2022, over 710,640 hot meals were served to needy people in 24 soup kitchens across Israel. More than 12,862 impoverished families and elderly people received food cards to observe the sacred holidays of Passover and Rosh Hashanah. And together we helped close to 9,000 Jews make aliyah in the midst of the crisis in Ukraine.

Visit our website at to see how we are evaluated by trusted charity watchdog organizations, read endorsements from key Jewish and Christian leaders, and find out what donors and IFCJ Canada aid recipients are saying about the impact of our work.

It’s only through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to do the work that we do. It’s important to us that you know your gifts to IFCJ Canada are being used effectively and efficiently — and we know it’s important to you too!


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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001