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: 5/5]



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) 73 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 a top-rated 5-star charity. It is financially transparent, has overhead spending within Ci's reasonable range, and has excellent reporting of its results for donors. 


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 IFCJ'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. 


IFCJC spent 51% of program costs on its Guardians of Israel program in F2021. Through this program, IFCJC provides food, clothing, and other essentials for people in need in Israel. In F2021, the charity distributed 728 backpacks and school supplies to children and provided 339,694 hours of home care to elderly people. 


In F2021, IFCJC's Isaiah 58 program received 30% of program spending. The program gives food, medical care, companionship, and other assistance to Jews in the former Soviet Union (FSU). The charity reports that it performed 14 emergency surgery and medical treatments for children in the FSU and provided blankets to 578 elderly people and 139 children in the FSU in F2021. 


IFCJC allocated 18% of program spending to its On Wings of Eagles program in F2021. Through this program, IFCJC rescues Jews from rising anti-Semitism and poverty by helping them immigrate to Israel. The charity reports that it helped 1,781 Jewish refugees immigrate to Israel in F2021.  The remaining 1% of program spending was allocated to education and outreach programs.


IFCJC's T3010 filing with the CRA reports $4.9m transferred to Keren L'Yedidut in Israel (the Israeli chapter of IFCJ) and $2.5m to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Centre in Russia in 2020. It also reports $135k in grants to Jerusalem Foundation of Canada Inc. and $100k to Canadian Foundation for Education and Welfare of Jews of the CIS. Charity Intelligence cannot reconcile this grant funding with IFCJC's program spending reported in its audited financial statements.

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Results and Impact

In F2021, International Fellowship of Christians and Jews served 709,380 meals to people in need through 22 soup kitchens across Israel. The charity also reports that 11,268 impoverished families received food cards, and 3,952 elderly people received food cards and food packages in F2021.


While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of International Fellowship of Christians and Jews' 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 $13.2m in donations in F2021, compared to $11.5m in F2020 and $10.0m in F2019. Administrative costs are 5% of revenues (less investment income), and fundraising costs are 22% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 27%. For every dollar donated, 73 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci's reasonable range for overhead spending. 


IFCJC has $2.5m in funding reserves, compared to $1.5m in F2020 and $660k in F2019. The charity can cover 28% or just over three months of its annual program costs with reserves, indicating a need for funding.


IFCJC reports using external fundraisers, paying $97k to raise $138k in F2020 (the most recent T3010 filing available). This means the charity paid $0.70 for each dollar raised by external fundraisers.


Ci sent this profile update to International Fellowship of Christians and Jews of Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.


Updated on August 16, 2022, by Sydney Olexa. 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 5.4%7.2%8.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 21.8%19.6%20.4%
Total overhead spending 27.1%26.7%29.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 28.0%19.7%9.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 13,16311,53610,002
Investment income 018
Total revenues 13,16311,53710,010
Program costs 8,9717,6177,172
Administrative costs 705826874
Fundraising costs 2,8672,2582,044
Total spending 12,54310,70110,090
Cash flow from operations 620836(80)
Capital spending 01115
Funding reserves 2,5121,500660

Note: To report on a cash basis, Ci removed amortization from program costs, decreasing program costs by $10k in F2021, $9k in F2020, and $7k in F2019. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 8

Avg. compensation: $78,561

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

Comments added by the Charity:

The following comment refers to a previous profile update. New comments may be forthcoming. 

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 2020, over 560,000 hot meals were served to needy people in 22 soup kitchens across Israel. More than 4,000 impoverished families and elderly people received food cards to observe the sacred holidays of Passover and Rosh Hashanah. And together we helped close to 900 Jews make aliyah in the midst of a global pandemic.

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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