Federation CJA

1 Cummins Sq. (Cote Ste. Catherine Rd.)
Montreal, QC H3W 1M6
President: David Amiel
CEO: Yair Szlak

Website: www.federationcja.org
Charitable Reg. #: 10670 2251 RR0001
Sector: Fundraising Organization
Public Foundation

Donor Accountability

Grade: B-

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 upon request [ Audited financial statement for most recent year ]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to The Cause

95¢
75¢
avg
65¢
50¢
2015 2016 2017
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #136

Avg. Compensation $70,591

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 1
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 3
$200k - $250k 2
$160k - $200k 2
$120k - $160k 2
$80k - $120k 0
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2017

About Federation CJA:

Founded in 1917, Federation CJA supports the Jewish community in Montreal with programing and grants. Federation CJA focuses on improving Jewish lives in 4 ways: strengthening religious life, caring for the vulnerable, advocating for Jewish interests, and offering grants to help Jews internationally.

The largest stream of granting for Federation CJA (41% of F2017 grants) went to Jewish Life and Continuity. The largest grant recipients in this program were: Generations Fund ($2.5m), Engagement and Outreach ($1.1m), and Communauté Sépharade Unifiée du Québec ($1.0m). These grants allow for Jewish youth to participate in their culture. Through F2017 grants, Montreal families received 32,249 free Jewish children’s books, over 25 schools participated in weekly Israel-based activities, and 8,426 students learned about the Holocaust and the danger of racism.

Federation CJA celebrated its 100th (centennial) year with a Mega Mission, a coordinated journey to Israel for almost 900 Jewish Montrealers. Participating in missions to Israel is one of the ways that people become more connected to their Jewish heritage.

Federation CJA allocated 33% of grants to Caring for the Vulnerable. The major grants distributed were: $3.0m to Tuition Assistance, and $2.4m to Agence Ometz. This program helped 8,513 people harmed by addiction or abuse, and assisted 2,215 recent immigrants to Canada in finding employment and making friends.

The remaining 27% of grants was distributed to organizations advancing Jewish interest at in Montreal and internationally. Jewish advocacy efforts were supported on 25 Canadian campuses, handing out 30,000 pro-Israel products. Immigrant and impoverished Jews were cared for, including over 60,000 in Ukraine who received food, medicine, and clothing. 

Results and Impact: Over the past 5 years, Federation CJA’s contributions to the Generations Fund have offset increases in tuition. This means that up to 2,045 additional families have been able to afford Jewish day school for their children. For young adults, over 8,500 have strengthened their cultural identity through journeys to Israel supported by Federation CJA.

During F2017, Federation CJA programs helped 2,073 Holocaust survivors develop a sense of belonging and autonomy through social and medical projects. It also supported 8 successful anti-BDS initiatives on university campuses.

Financial Review:

Federation CJA is one of Canada's Major 100 charities, receiving donations of $51.4m in F2017. Administrative costs make up 12% of F2017 revenue and fundraising costs make up 7%. For every $1 donated, 68 cents go to the cause. This falls within Charity Intelligence’s reasonable range.

Federation CJA has funding reserves of $58.3m that can cover 152% of programs. Excluding donor-endowed funds of $9.4m, funding reserves can cover program costs for 1.3 years.

Based on the investment value at the end of F2016 and the investment income reported, Federation CJA had a 10% investment return in F2017.

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

Updated on May 16, 2018 by Madison Kerr.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
201720162015
Administrative costs as % of revenues 12.3%15.5%12.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 7.4%8.8%7.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 151.8%137.6%120.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
201720162015
Donations 51,40347,29154,554
Investment income 4,301(797)4,004
Total revenues 55,70446,49458,558
Program costs 5,4376,07111,628
Grants 32,96033,36037,309
Administrative costs 6,3327,3306,738
Fundraising costs 3,7824,1403,819
Cash flow from operations 7,193(4,407)(936)
Funding reserves 58,27654,24058,862
Note: Percentage distribution of grants between programs as described above reflects amounts described within Federation CJA's website and annual report. Grant distributions differ by up to two percentage points when calculated from financial statements, due to the statements including "other" allocations.  Costs related to administration & finance are combined where reported in the Audited Financial Statements. Values above are retrieved from Federation CJA's filed T3010. Expenses in these categories reported to the CRA exceed combined value in financial statements by $956,291 in F2017, $2,341,917 in F2016, and $1,407,644 in F2015. 

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