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JNF Receives Charity Navigator's Top Rating

Contact: Ariel Vered • JNF Communications Manager • 212-879-9305 ext. 227 •

October 5, 2012New York, NYCharity Navigator, America’s leading independent charity evaluator, has bestowed its 4-star rating on Jewish National Fund (JNF) for the organization’s sound fiscal management, accountability, and transparency.

Receiving the coveted 4-star rating is a demonstration of JNF’s excellence in two distinct components—financial health, and accountability and transparency. The criteria include fundraising efficiency, growth in primary revenue and program expenses, donor privacy policy, and independent voting board members.

“JNF is honored to be included amongst the nation’s best-performing charities,” said JNF National Treasurer Michael Lederman. “This recognition is of real interest and importance to our donors who are so enormously committed to developing the land of Israel and improving the quality of life for the people of Israel.”
JNF has also been rated a top charity by the American Institute of Philanthropy and meets the 20 rigorous standards of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance and the transparency standards of Tzedakah, Inc.

“JNF continuously strives to meet the highest standards,” said JNF President Stanley M. Chesley. “Our organizational realignment has raised JNF to amongst the most technologically efficient, best-performing non-profit organizations in the country. JNF's scrupulous business standards enable the organization to carry out the vision of building a thriving Israel with the support of our donors."

“JNF is committed to meeting the high standards our donors deserve through efficient and conscientious management of the contributions that are entrusted to us,” said Mitchel Rosenzweig, JNF’s Chief Financial Officer. “We are gratified to be recognized by a leader in the charity watchdog field.”

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JEWISH NATIONAL FUND (JNF) began in 1901 as a dream and vision to reestablish a homeland in Israel for Jewish people everywhere. Jews the world over collected coins in iconic JNF Blue Boxes, purchasing land and planting trees until ultimately, their dream of a Jewish homeland was a reality. JNF gives all generations of Jews a unique voice in building a prosperous future for the land of Israel and its people.

JNF embodies both heart and action; our work is varied in scope but singular in benefit. We strive to bring an enhanced quality of life to all of Israel’s residents, and translate these advancements to the world beyond. JNF is greening the desert with millions of trees, building thousands of parks, creating new communities and cities for generations of Israelis to call home, bolstering Israel’s water supply, helping develop innovative arid-agriculture techniques, and educating both young and old about the founding and importance of Israel and Zionism.

JNF is a registered 501(c)(3) organization and United Nations NGO, which continuously earns top ratings from charity overseers.

For more information on JNF, call 888-JNF-0099 or visit


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