1 Cummings Square (5151 Côte Ste. Catherine Rd.)
Montreal, QC H3W 1M6
President & CEO: Yair Szlak
Board Chair: Joel Segal

Charitable Reg. #:10670 2251 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) 86 cents are available for programs.

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About Federation CJA:

Federation CJA is a 4-star charity that is financially transparent. Its results reporting grade is a B+, which is above average. FCJA’s overhead spending is 14%, which is within Ci’s reasonable range. The charity has reserve funds to cover program cost for 1 year.

Founded in 1917, Federation CJA (FCJA) raises money to support the Jewish community in Montreal, Israel, and globally. Federation CJA works in three priority areas: strengthening Jewish life and continuity, caring for the vulnerable, advancing Jewish communal interests (advocacy). Federation CJA’s major activity is distributing grants to other Canadian charities, but it also spends money on in-house programs.  

The Strengthening Jewish Life and Continuity program was 46% of program spending in F2023. This program aims to preserve and strengthen the quality of Jewish life, engagement, and identity of community members across Greater Montreal. In F2023, FCJA financially supported 5,472 students in 13 Jewish day schools, and 412 campers received financial help to attend a Jewish overnight camp. The charity sent over 970 teens and young adults to immersive trips to Israel and Poland.

The Delivering Care with Compassion program was 44% of program spending. This program helps Jewish people in Montreal receive the care and essential support required to live happily. The charity states that 20% of Montreal Jews live in poverty and struggle to meet both their basic human and Jewish needs. In F2023, FCJA delivered 20,828 meals to homebound and isolated community members, and reached 2,460 seniors through health, wellness, and cultural programming. The charity supported 165 campers with special needs to attend day camps and assisted 2,560 individuals through the Community Assistance Program.

The Advancing Jewish Communal Interests program was 10% of program spending. This program combats antisemitism, advocates for Jewish history, and helps Jewish people in Ukraine with aid and resettlement. In F2023, 421 school groups visited the Montreal Holocaust Museum, and 7,982 students and teachers engaged with the travelling and online exhibit.


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Results and Impact

In F2023, 85% of educators say they have a deeper knowledge of the holocaust and other genocides after visiting the museum. Additionally, of the families who receive tuition support from Federation CJA, more than 50% said that this impacted their decision to choose and keep their children in a Jewish day school.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Federation CJA’s results. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).

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Federation CJA had donations of $70.7m in F2023, making it a Major 100, one of Canada’s largest donor-funded charities. 

Administrative costs are 8% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 6% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 14%, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. 

Federation CJA has $65.8m in reserve funds. These reserve funds are the charity’s cash and investments.

In these reserve funds, $14.9m are endowed by donors. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity has 1 year of annual program costs covered by its current reserves.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Federation CJA for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 15, 2024, by Lily Ferguson.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 7.5%8.2%3.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 6.1%6.6%2.6%
Total overhead spending 13.6%14.8%5.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 101.0%62.4%74.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 70,69854,682131,167
Government funding 503371,911
Investment income 2,51830,9826,269
Other income 000
Total revenues 73,26786,000139,346
Program costs - International 3,8765,7046,690
Program costs - Canada 39,81139,45636,781
Grants 7,46642,56045,420
Administrative costs 5,3094,5193,924
Fundraising costs 4,3313,5853,343
Other costs 3301,9893,990
Total spending 61,12397,812100,148
Cash flow from operations 12,144(11,812)39,198
Capital spending 1,0841,386461
Funding reserves 65,83968,51872,006

Note: Ci adjusted for deferred contributions affecting revenues by $12.3m in F2023, ($19.9m) in F2022, and $22.3m in F2021. Ci reported government funding from the T3010 and backed it out of donations.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 123

Avg. compensation: $82,556

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 F2023

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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

Website: www.federationcja.org
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