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Rick Krosnick

JNF Chief Development Officer

Travels from Chicago, IL

Availability: Contact JNF Speakers Bureau for availability.


JNF's Work in Israel, Positively Israel


Rick Krosnick has spent two decades raising money to develop the land of Israel and strengthen the Jewish people.

Rick joined Jewish National Fund in 1999 to manage its 15-state Midwest operations and in 2007 was elevated to JNF’s Executive Management team.  In 2010 Rick became JNF’s Chief Development Officer.

As CDO Rick supervises the national Campaign Cabinet, comprised of top-level lay leaders and professionals, to develop campaign initiatives, formulate short-term and long-range goals and identify fundraising opportunities in support of JNF’s life-transforming projects in Israel.

Rick began his Jewish communal career in his hometown of Detroit, where he was the Young Leadership Director of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.  In 1993, he moved to Chicago to join the United Jewish Appeal traveling throughout the Midwest in support of Israel.  During his tenure with UJA, Rick rose through the ranks to become Midwest Major Gifts Director.  Following his term at UJA, Rick joined the Jewish United Fund of Chicago to serve as Assistant Vice President of the Trades, Industries and Professions Department.

He is a graduate of the prestigious Wexner Heritage Foundation’s two-year course in Jewish Leadership.

Rick’s understanding of Israel and the political and socio-economic tensions of the Middle East were shaped by his work outside of the Jewish community. Beginning in 1985, for a nine-year period both on active-duty and in the reserve forces, Rick was an Intelligence Specialist in the United States Navy, serving aboard the aircraft carriers USS Nimitz and the USS Theodore Roosevelt.  Much of Rick’s tenure in the Navy was spent with the U.S. Sixth Fleet operating in the eastern Mediterranean, confronting issues of state-sponsored terrorism and other threats to the security of the United States and our allies.

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Makor (Hebrew for “source”) is a specially-trained cadre of highly-involved Jewish National Fund volunteers. Our primary role is to support the core functions of JNF by direct fundraising. Thus, we identify prospective donors, conduct direct solicitations in our own communities and around the United States and assist in educating the public about the JNF and its projects.

Makor also serves as a source for lay leadership. We are leaders in our own communities, and provide training and inspiration for other community leaders on solicitation techniques, board development and outreach and on the work of the JNF. Makor members also assume JNF leadership positions on a national level.

We are proud leaders who are committed to the mission of the JNF, the caretaker of the land of Israel forever. In addition, Makor is a source of innovation within the JNF. Our diverse backgrounds, coupled with our common commitment, foster a free-flow of ideas to keep JNF as relevant and productive as possible.

Makor members travel to Israel each year to study JNF projects and programs in depth, and bring their insights and experiences to you. Members speak at no charge.


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