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JNF Receives Charity Navigator’s Top Rating for Fifth Consecutive Year

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

November 10, 2010New York, NYCharity Navigator, America’s leading independent charity evaluator, has bestowed its fifth consecutive 4-star rating on Jewish National Fund (JNF) for the organization’s sound fiscal management.
Only 5% of the more than 5,400 charities rated have received this coveted evaluation five years in a row.   

“In this competitive philanthropic marketplace, Charity Navigator highlights the fine work of efficient charities such as your own,” wrote Charity Navigator’s president and CEO Ken Berger in a letter to JNF. “Jewish National Fund, United States consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way, and outperforms most other charities in America. 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.”

JNF was recently named to The Chronicle of Philanthropy's annual Philanthropy 400 list of the nation's biggest charities. Of the 22 Jewish charities that made the list, JNF was one of only four Jewish organizations that saw a boost in fundraising totals. At a time when so many organizations have seen a decrease in giving, JNF credits the magnitude and success of its mission with inspiring people to give.

“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, “and is currently undergoing a realignment that will put it amongst the most technologically efficient, best-performing non-profit organizations in the country. JNF's scrupulous business standards enable the organization to direct more money towards projects that donors can visit and see their support in action."

“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 once again 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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