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Jewish National Fund Receives Top 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

Contact: Ariel Vered • JNF Communications Manager • 212-879-9305 ext. 227 • avered@jnf.org

November 5, 2013New York, NYOn the heels of Jewish National Fund’s (JNF) 2013 $121 million campaign, its most successful campaign in its history, Charity Navigator, America’s leading independent charity evaluator, has again bestowed its 4-star rating on the organization in recognition of JNF’s sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.

“We are proud to announce Jewish National Fund-United States has again earned our 4-star rating,” said Ken Berger, President and CEO of Charity Navigator. “This “exceptional” designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Jewish National Fund-United States from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.”

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 once again be included amongst the nation’s best-performing charities,” said JNF National Treasurer Theodore L. Banks. “For our donors, who are so deeply committed to developing the land of Israel and improving the quality of life for the people of Israel, this recognition is of real interest and importance.”

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.

“JNF continuously strives to meet the highest standards for American charities,” said JNF President Jeffrey E. Levine. “We are proud to count ourselves amongst the most technologically efficient, best-performing non-profit organizations in the country. Our scrupulous business standards enable the organization to direct more money towards projects that donors can visit and see their support in action. And that’s why we have announced our $1 billion roadmap for the next decade."

“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 www.jnf.org.

 

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