JEWISH NATIONAL FUND RECEIVES CHARITY NAVIGATOR’S HIGHEST RATING FOR 7TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR
Earns Perfect Score for Accountability & Transparency;
Charity Navigator: "JNF outperforms most other charities in America"
New York, NY: December 27, 2018— in a country with 1.5 million American charities, Charity Navigator, America’s leading independent charity evaluator, this month bestowed its seventh consecutive 4-star rating on Jewish National Fund (JNF-USA) for the organization’s strong financial health and a perfect score of 100.00 for commitment to accountability and transparency.
In his Dec. 21, 2018 letter to JNF-USA CEO Russell F. Robinson announcing the 4-star rating, Charity Navigator’s president and CEO Michael Thatcher wrote, “This is our highest possible rating and indicates that your organization adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way. Only 5% of the charities Charity Navigator rates have received at least seven consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Jewish National Fund outperforms most other charities in America. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets Jewish National Fund-USA apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.”
Dr. Sol Lizerbram, Jewish National Fund’s national president remarked, “Once again, we are extremely pleased to be recognized by Charity Navigator as one of the best and most resourceful nonprofits in the nation.” Each month JNF-USA’s national board of directors meets to review policies, and program investments as projects are funded by donors who designate where they want their contributions earmarked. “Much of the credit goes to the 45 individuals on our national board of directors, national treasurer, Andy Klein, and our professional staff, who account for where every dollar goes. Our donors are highly confident knowing that we manage their contributions, along with their planned giving investments like donor advised funds and gift annuities, in a thoroughly judicious and prudent manner,” Lizerbram added.
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. 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.
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. Today, JNF continues to give all generations a unique voice in building and ensuring the prosperity of the land of Israel through their generosity and partnership with the people of Israel. 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 expanded its education operations to include Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI-JNF). Since 1972, AMHSI-JNF has provided a unique, accredited, semester study abroad program for high school students where the land of Israel becomes a living classroom, demonstrating 4,000+ years of Jewish and Israeli history. Our semester, mini-mester, and summer programs help teens from the US and around the globe develop skills and tools that boost their college applications and prepare them for college and beyond.
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 800.JNF.0099 or visit JNF.ORG.