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JNF & Alexander Muss High School in Israel Both Receive Charity Navigator's Highest Rating

Adam H. Brill, Director of Communications
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New York, NY: February 12, 2016  Charity Navigator, America’s leading independent charity evaluator, has bestowed its third consecutive 4-star rating on Jewish National Fund (JNF) for the organization’s sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. 

Only 12% of the charities Charity Navigator rates have received at least three consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Jewish National Fund outperforms most other charities in America.

In a recent letter to JNF CEO Russell F. Robinson, Charity Navigator’s president and CEO Ken Berger wrote, “Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that your organization adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way. This ‘exceptional’ designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Jewish National Fund from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.”

In 2013, JNF took over managing the Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI), which also recently received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Founded in 1972, AMHSI provides a superior Israel education experience, lasting 6,8, or 18 weeks for high school students from communities throughout North America and abroad. The school promotes, builds, and strengthens lifelong bonds between Jews and Israel through education, experiences, and understanding, with students coming in 2016 from the United States, Australia, Europe, and Asia.

“JNF is honored to be included amongst the nation’s best-performing charities,” said JNF National Treasurer Theodore L. Banks. “We are committed to meeting the high standards our donors deserve through the efficient management of the contributions that are entrusted to us,” he added. 

Joseph Wolfson, JNF Assistant First Vice President and President of Alexander Muss High School in Israel, commented,“This recognition is of vital importance to our donors who are enormously committed to the land and the people of Israel, and want to make sure that their contributions to JNF and AMHSI deliver the best possible programming.”

Forbes, Business Week, and Kiplinger's Financial Magazine, among others, have profiled and celebrated Charity Navigator’s unique method of applying data-driven analysis to the charitable sector. Charity Navigator evaluates ten times more charities than their nearest competitor and currently attracts more visitors to their website than all other charity rating groups combined, thus making them the leading charity evaluator in America.

In addition to Charity Navigator, JNF consistently receives high marks and meets all standards from third-party monitoring agencies such as Charity Watch and the Better Business Bureau. 

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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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