Mission: The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews is the leading global charity building bridges between Christians and Jews, by answering the Bible's call to meet the needs of Israel and the Jewish people around the world with humanitarian blessings and life-saving aid.
The Fellowship funds humanitarian assistance in Israel and around the world, provides aid to victims of war and terror, helps Jews escape poverty and anti-Semitism and return to their biblical homeland. In 2019, we helped over 1.6 million people worldwide.

International Fellowship of Christians and Jews is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1983, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://www.ifcj.org

 30 North LaSalle Street
Suite 4300
Chicago IL 60602 

  800-486-8844


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Charity Navigator evaluates a nonprofit organization’s financial health including measures of stability, efficiency and sustainability. We also track accountability and transparency policies to ensure the good governance and integrity of the organization.




Good

This charity's score is 82.49, earning it a 3-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity. 

This score is calculated from two sub-scores:

This score represents Form 990 data from 2019, the latest year published by the IRS.

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

74.1%


The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s).


This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver. Dividing a charity's average program expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Administrative Expenses

11.7%


As reported by charities on their IRS Form 990, this measure reflects what percent of its total budget a charity spends on overhead, administrative staff and associated costs, and organizational meetings. Dividing a charity's average administrative expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Expenses

14.0%


This measure reflects what a charity spends to raise money. Fundraising expenses can include campaign printing, publicity, mailing, and staffing and costs incurred in soliciting donations, memberships, and grants. Dividing a charity's average fundraising expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

39.7%


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).


Part of our goal in rating the financial performance of charities is to help donors assess the financial capacity and sustainability of a charity. As do organizations in other sectors, charities must be mindful of their management of total liabilites in relation to their total assets. This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and or long term sustainability. Dividing a charity's total liabilities by its total assets yields this percentage.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Efficiency

$0.14


The amount spent to raise $1 in charitable contributions. To calculate a charity's fundraising efficiency, we divide its average fundraising expenses by the average total contributions it receives. We calculate the charity's average expenses and average contributions over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Working Capital Ratio

0.25 years


Determines how long a charity could sustain its level of spending using its net available assets, or working capital, as reported on its most recently filed Form 990. We include in a charity's working capital unrestricted and temporarily restricted net assets, and exclude permanently restricted net assets. Dividing these net available assets in the most recent year by a charity's average total expenses, yields the working capital ratio. We calculate the charity's average total expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Program Expense Growth

0.55%


We compute the average annual growth of program expenses using the following formula: [(Yn/Y0)(1/n)]-1, where Y0 is a charity's program expenses in the first year of the interval analyzed, Yn is the charity's program expenses in the most recent year, and n is the interval of years passed between Y0 and Yn.


Source: IRS Form 990

Governance


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has these governance practices in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990

Governance:
Independent Voting Board Members  ... (More)
No Material Diversion of Assets ... (More)

A diversion of assets – any unauthorized conversion or use of the organization's assets other than for the organization's authorized purposes, including but not limited to embezzlement or theft – can seriously call into question a charity's financial integrity. We check the charity's last two Forms 990 to see if the charity has reported any diversion of assets. If the charity does report a diversion, then we check to see if it complied with the Form 990 instructions by describing what happened and its corrective action. This metric will be assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Full Credit: There has been no diversion of assets within the last two years.

  • Partial Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity has used Schedule O on the Form 990 to explain: the nature of the diversion, the amount of money or property involved and the corrective action taken to address the matter. In this situation, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity's explanation on Schedule O is either non-existent or not sufficient. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Audited Financials Prepared by Independent Accountant ... (More)

Audited financial statements provide important information about financial accountability and accuracy. They should be prepared by an independent accountant with oversight from an audit committee. (It is not necessary that the audit committee be a separate committee. Often at smaller charities, it falls within the responsibilities of the finance committee or the executive committee.) The committee provides an important oversight layer between the management of the organization, which is responsible for the financial information reported, and the independent accountant, who reviews the financials and issues an opinion based on its findings. We check the charity's Form 990 reporting to see if it meets this criteria.

  • Full Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant with an audit oversight committee.

  • Partial Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant, but it did not have an audit oversight committee. In this case, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: The charity did not have its audited financials prepared by an independent accountant. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Does Not Provide Loan(s) to or Receive Loan(s) From Related Parties ... (More)
Documents Board Meeting Minutes ... (More)
Distributes 990 to Board Before Filing ... (More)
Compensates Board ... (More)

Policies


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization has these policies in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Policies:
Conflict of Interest  ... (More)
Whistleblower ... (More)
Records Retention and Destruction ... (More)
CEO Compensation Process ... (More)
Donor Privacy ... (More)

Donors have expressed extreme concern about the use of their personal information by charities and the desire to have this information kept confidential. The exchanging and sale of lists for telemarketing and the mass distribution of "junk mail," among other things, can be minimized if the charity assures the privacy of its donors. Privacy policies are assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Yes: This charity has a written donor privacy policy published on its website, which states unambiguously that (1) it will not share or sell a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations or (2) it will only share or sell personal information once the donor has given the charity specific permission to do so.

  • Opt-out: The charity has a written privacy policy published on its website which enables donors to tell the charity to remove their names and contact information from lists the charity shares or sells. How a donor can have themselves removed from a list differs from one charity to the next, but any and all opt-out policies require donors to take specific action to protect their privacy.
  • No: This charity either does not have a written donor privacy policy in place to protect their contributors' personal information, or the existing policy does not meet our criteria.

The privacy policy must be specific to donor information. A general website policy which references "visitor" or "user" personal information will not suffice. A policy that refers to donor information collected on the website is also not sufficient as the policy must be comprehensive and applicable to both online and offline donors. The existence of a privacy policy of any type does not prohibit the charity itself from contacting the donor for informational, educational, or solicitation purposes.

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Partial

Transparency


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization makes this information easily accessible.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Transparency:
CEO Salary Listed on 990 ... (More)
Board of Directors Listed on Website ... (More)
Key Staff Listed on Website ... (More)
Audited Financial Statements on Website ... (More)
Form 990 Available on Website ... (More)

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are this organizations key compensated staff members as identified by our analysts. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



Yael Eckstein-Farkas, President & CEO

$521,179 (0.45% of Total Expenses)


Current CEO and Board Chair can be found in the Leadership & Adaptability report below.

Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2019

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Activity data not reported from the IRS


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Affiliation:

Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
7/1/20212019 82.49
5/1/20202018 78.48
12/1/20182017 85.68
3/1/20182016 81.45
2/1/20172015 81.96
6/1/20162014 81.14
Rating Version: 2.0
11/1/20152014 81.54
5/1/20152013 88.43
3/1/20152013 78.87

This organization received multiple star ratings within this fiscal year, due to an update to it's Accountability and Transparency data and/or the receipt of an amended Form 990.

2/1/20142012 90.63
4/1/20132011 80.83
3/1/20122010 91.52
9/20/20112009 90.18
Rating Version: 1.0
10/1/20102009 88.01
2/1/20102008 87.96
11/1/20082007 85.45
11/1/20072006 85.59
11/1/20062005 84.18
12/1/20052004 85.46
11/1/20042003 85.44
11/1/20032002 88.22
2/5/20032001 88.07
10/15/20022000 85.49

...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

International Fellowship of Christians and Jews cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



International Fellowship of Christians and Jews reported its three largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$28,977,901

Spent in most recent FY

36%

Percent of program expenses


Guardians of Israel: Provided 541,612 poor Israelis with food, housing, medical care, clothing, heating fuel, and other basic necessities, as well as funding hundreds of special projects such as secur ... (More)


$23,095,400

Spent in most recent FY

28%

Percent of program expenses


Isaiah 58: Provided 1,149,405 needy Jews in the former Soviet Union (FSU) and other locations around the world including many impoverished Holocaust survivors with food, clothing, medicine, and heatin ... (More)


$10,926,098

Spent in most recent FY

13%

Percent of program expenses


On Wings of Eagles: Provided aliyah (immigration)-related assistance, including flights to Israel and assistance with klitah (resettlement) needs, to 5,385 oppressed and impoverished Jews from around  ... (More)


...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by International Fellowship of Christians and Jews is a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews is the leading nonprofit building bridges between Christians and Jews, blessing Israel and the Jewish people around the world with humanitarian care and lifesaving aid.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews is the most trusted fundraising organization enabling Christians to fulfill biblical prophecy by blessing Israel, providing basic needs and lifesaving support to Israel and Jews in need around the world. The Fellowship seeks to build a world where no impoverished Jewish person or Israeli must go hungry, live without medical care, or live in isolation and loneliness; where all Jewish people who wish to do so have the opportunity to make aliyah (immigrate to Israel); where the scourge of anti-Semitism is a thing of the past and all Jewish people are able to live and worship freely as Jews; and where Christians have the opportunity to fulfill the biblical mandate to bless Israel and the Jewish people by providing them with humanitarian care.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: Focus on core programs to achieve mission and scale back on programs not seen as core

Goal Type: Focus on core programs to achieve mission and scale back on programs not seen as core.


Goal Two: Grow, expand, scale, or increase access to the existing programs and services

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Three: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.)

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

When the scale of the COVID pandemic became clear, The Fellowship immediately transitioned to a fully remote model. Employees were notified on Friday about this transition and began remote work the following Monday to comply with safety guidelines. Staff made this change seamlessly and efficiently and the infrastructure necessary to manage this new working environment was also put in place to ensure effective management and support for staff in this new environment.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

Over the years we have built a strong working partnership with the Israeli government. This partnership proved invaluable during the COVID-19 crisis, allowing us to deliver aid on a broad scale despite the unprecedented circumstances. It is a partnership we will continue to expand and develop in the future. During the COVID crisis we worked intentionally with the Israeli government, as well as with other NGOs, to expand our reach and scale to help as many people as possible. In addition, increased marketing and fundraising efforts allowed us to raise a record amount of funds to help Israel and the Jewish people.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


When the scale of the COVID pandemic became clear, The Fellowship immediately transitioned to a fully remote model. Employees were notified on Friday about this transition and began remote work the following Monday to comply with safety guidelines. Staff made this change seamlessly and efficiently. We began remote processing of donor gifts, implemented business continuity plans and tightened up on cyber security to ensure the safety of donor gifts and the integrity of our website. We also stepped up the use of technology, to ensure that business could continue without issue. We increased our outreach efforts to donors to ensure their well-being by letting them know that we are thinking of and praying for them. Our Donor Relations team increased “wellness checks” on donors through phone calls, emails, and other correspondence. We increased the number of group prayer calls to give donors a feeling of community in a time of isolation. A challenge was without in-person interaction, many worried about how to keep the spontaneity, collaboration and connection that was commonplace in the office. Our Human Resources Team rose to the challenge and hosted activities via Microsoft Teams. They thought of creative ways to reach staff through virtual cards, sessions on meditation and mindfulness, and “share good news” announcements. Mental health resources were also offered to ensure that help was available to those staff in need. Despite the difficulties of operating a nonprofit during a pandemic, in 2021 The Fellowship was selected as “Organization of the Year” by the ANA Nonprofit Federation, one of the most prominent associations in the U.S. for fundraising professionals. The Fellowship was recognized because of its achievement in fundraising, consistent and successful financial performance, leadership and reputation for excellence in the nonprofit community, and high ethical standards for management and public disclosure.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


Yael Eckstein

President, Founder

Stockwell Day

Chairman

...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's engagement with the constituents it serves, a practice we term Constituent Feedback. When organizations listen to constituents, they are able to better deliver on programs and meet the needs of stakeholders. A future version of this Beacon will also assess an organization's people operations and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) metrics.


Culture & Community Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by International Fellowship of Christians and Jews is a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of an organization's Culture and Community by measuring its Constituent Feedback practices (see report below). Constituent Feedback data provides 100% of the basis for the initial evaluation of the Culture & Community Beacon.


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Culture & Community Report

100

of 100 points

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback

Full Credit


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback.


Here's how this organization is listening and learning from the people they serve:


How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees


How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

To inform the development of new programs/projects


With whom does your organization share the feedback you got from the people you serve?

The people we serve, Our staff, Our board


What challenges does your organization face in collecting feedback from the people you serve?

It is difficult to identify actionable feedback


Briefly describe a recent change that your organization made in response to feedback from the people you serve.

Following feedback from beneficiaries and caretakers of beneficiaries of the With Dignity and Fellowship program, the amount of monthly food support to the needy elderly beneficiaries was raised by 50%.



Methodology


Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective. We've partnered with GuideStar by Candid to survey organizations about their feedback practices. Nonprofit organizations can fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile to receive a rating.


Charity Navigator awards full credit for this Beacon to every nonprofit that is eligible for an Encompass Rating that completes the survey, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. This data is not evaluated for quality at this time. Validation will be added in future iterations of this Beacon.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Our partnership with Feedback Labs and Guidestar by Candid, and other partners including Fund for Shared Insight, GlobalGiving, and Keystone Accountability, enables us to launch the first version of this beacon with Constituent Feedback information collected on Candid's site.


Feedback practices have been shown to support better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes, an essential area of assessment that we intend to further expand and develop in the future. Feedback Labs has documented several studies which indicate that beyond achieving organizational goals, nonprofits that are attentive and responsive to concerns and ideas raised by beneficiaries establish stronger relationships with the people they serve, promote greater equity, and empower constituents in ways that can help to ensure better long-term outcomes. You can find resources to help nonprofits improve their feedback practices here.

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