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Jewish National Fund of Canada

550-5757 Cavendish Blvd.
Cote. St. Luc, QC H4W 2W8
CEO: Josh Cooper
President: Jerry Werger

Charitable Reg. #: 10753 4877 RR0001
Sector: International Aid
Operating Charity

Donor Accountability

Grade: C

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

Financial Transparency

Audited financial statements available only through official request for information from Canada Revenue Agency [ Audited financial statement for most recent year ]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to The Cause

2013 2014 2015
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #50

Avg. Compensation $43,714

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 1
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 4
$80k - $120k 5
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About Jewish National Fund of Canada:

Founded in 1901, Jewish National Fund of Canada (JNFC) raises funds to send to Israel for development and infrastructure projects. JNFC is committed to reclaiming Jewish homeland and to making Israel beautiful, strong and peaceful. JNFC grants money to Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael - Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF). KKL-JNF spent its first 50 years purchasing land and the last 55 years developing the land by planting trees, building reservoirs, developing infrastructure for housing, and helping immigrants settle in Israel.

In F2016, Jewish National Fund of Canada’s total international program costs of $9.3m represent the amount sent to KKL-JNF for project funding. Projects completed in Israel fall into one of seven areas: Forestry & Environment, Water Preservation, Security, Community Development, Research & Development, Tourism & Recreation, and Education. JNFC reports supporting over 175 projects in Israel over the past 10 years.

Through Water Preservation projects, KKL-JNF reports building 250 water reservoirs that account for 40% of water used in Israeli agriculture and contribute 300 million cubic meters of water to Israel’s water storage capacity. KKL-JNF’s Community Development projects include redeeming over 700,000 acres of land for developing communities and over 250,000 acres of land for farming in rural communities. The fund has also helped build 7,000 kilometers worth of security and agricultural roads to outlying and border communities. Through its Forestry & Environment projects, KKL-JNF manages over 375,000 acres of forests and woodlands in Israel.

Two of JNFC’s current campaigns, the High Holiday / Yizkor campaign and the Tu Bi-Shevat campaign, raise money for Security projects near the Gaza border. In this region, missile and rocket attacks put Israeli citizens in danger. KKL-JNF plants trees and shrubs that act as strategic green buffers to camouflage and protect Israeli citizens. Since its establishment, KKL-JNF reports planting 240 million trees and 1,200 community tree plantings.

Financial Review:

Jewish National Fund of Canada is a big-cap charity with total donations and special events fundraising of $14.7m in F2015. Administrative costs are 17% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 23% of donations and fundraising revenue. Per dollar donated to the charity, $0.60 goes towards its programs, which falls outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. The charity’s funding reserves of $10.8m can cover annual program costs for 1.2 years.

JNFC's auditors Collins Barrow Montreal note that JNF Canada is currently responding to certain issues raised during a CRA Charities Directorate audit (see Audited Financial statements link above, Financial Note 13.) No further information is currently available.

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by Jewish National Fund of Canada. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 5, 2017 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 16.8%8.8%20.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 23.0%21.1%36.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 115.4%108.6%198.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 5,5009,4845,728
Goods in kind 46010,9820
Special events 9,1627,9455,515
Investment income 2617671,066
Total revenues 15,38329,17712,310
Program costs - International 9,31610,9405,361
Administrative costs 2,5342,4882,258
Fundraising costs 3,3713,6804,056
Cash flow from operations 16212,069634
Funding reserves 10,75511,88310,637
Note: Ci did not report increase in cash surrender value of life insurance policies in revenues, decreasing revenues by $4k in F2015, $4k in F2014 and $4k in F2013. Ci reported investments in real estate of $460k in F2015 and $11m in F2014 in goods in kind, backing the amounts out of donations. Ci used fundraising revenue figures from the charity’s T3010 CRA filing and backed the amounts out of donations.  

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