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Friends of the Israel Defense Forces

Their job is to look after Israel. Ours is to look after them.

four stars

92.36

60 East 42nd Street New York, NY 10165
tel: (212) 244-3118   Web Site
EIN: 13-3156445

Board Leadership
Arthur Stark
Chairman

CEO
Meir Klifi-Amir
National Director, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.36 four stars
  Financial 89.20 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Established in 1981, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) mission is to offer educational, cultural, recreational, social services programs, and facilities that provide hope, purpose, and life-changing support for the soldiers who protect Israel and Jews worldwide.

The strength of the IDF, which has been guarding the State of Israel since it declared independence in 1948, derives from the selfless determination and great capabilities of the young men and women who form it. At the tender age of 18, most Israelis are drafted into the IDF. They bear the difficult tasks of defending Israel's borders and guaranteeing the safety of its people.

The Israeli government is responsible for training IDF soldiers and providing them with the necessary tools for their service. FIDF is committed to providing these soldiers with love, support, and care in an effort to ease the burden they carry.

Established in 1981, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) mission is to offer educational, cultural, recreational, social services programs, and facilities that provide hope, purpose, and life-changing support for the soldiers who protect Israel and Jews worldwide.

The strength of the IDF, which has been guarding the State of Israel since it declared independence in 1948, derives from the selfless determination and great capabilities of the young men and women who form it. At the tender age of 18, most Israelis are drafted into the IDF. They bear the difficult tasks of defending Israel's borders and guaranteeing the safety of its people.

The Israeli government is responsible for training IDF soldiers and providing them with the necessary tools for their service. FIDF is committed to providing these soldiers with love, support, and care in an effort to ease the burden they carry.

Financial

three stars

89.20

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 06/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
76.4%
  Administrative Expenses 12.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.98
  Program Expenses Growth 9.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 17.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Friends of the Israel Defense Forces on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Friends of the Israel Defense Forces on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (NY) 92.36 four stars
Friends of Israel Disabled Veterans (NY) 88.31 three stars
Jamestown Foundation (DC) 86.98 three stars
World Federalist Movement - Institute for Global Policy (NY) 89.29 three stars
The Israel Project (DC) 85.66 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $37,383,426
   Federated Campaigns $1,815,930
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $57,920,375
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $97,119,731
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $97,119,731
   Other Revenue $-205,665
TOTAL REVENUE $96,914,066
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $56,291,283
   Administrative Expenses $8,766,909
   Fundraising Expenses $9,039,462
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $74,097,654
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $22,816,412
   
Net Assets $139,915,755

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Wellbeing and Recreational Programs $25,478,575 45.3%
Educational & Scholarship Programs $16,509,137 29.3%
Construction Programs $14,303,571 25.4%

Ratings History
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces has received 7 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-12 06/01/2017 92.36 four stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 92.07 four stars
2014-12 09/01/2016 91.55 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 91.29 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 05/01/2015 94.81 four stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 94.95 four stars
2011-12 03/01/2013 97.48 four stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 97.47 four stars
2009-12 12/23/2011 91.53 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 84.91 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 05/01/2011 83.14 three stars
2008-12 05/01/2010 90.38 four stars
2007-12 06/01/2009 95.50 four stars
2006-12 04/01/2008 90.67 four stars
2005-12 04/01/2007 90.27 four stars
2004-12 10/01/2006 90.35 four stars
2003-12 05/01/2005 89.08 three stars
2002-12 05/01/2004 86.81 three stars
2001-12 04/15/2003 89.45 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 13-3156445
Name in IRS Master File FRIENDS OF THE ISRAEL DEFENSE FORCES
NTEE Code Q12
NTEE Classification Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution
NTEE Type International, Foreign Affairs and National Security
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (602) Gifts, grants, or loans to other organizations
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
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).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date July, 1983
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$551,580 0.74% Meir Klifi-Amir National Director, CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$512,308 0.69% Yitzhak Gershon Former National Director, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (NY) 92.36 four stars
Center for International Policy (DC) 91.59 four stars
Givat Haviva Educational Foundation (NY) 88.91 three stars
Jamestown Foundation (DC) 86.98 three stars
Friends of Israel Disabled Veterans (NY) 88.31 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces
60 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10165
tel: (212) 244-3118
fax: (212) 244-3119
EIN: 13-3156445

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 4224
New York, NY 10163

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Board Leadership

Arthur Stark
Chairman

CEO

Meir Klifi-Amir
National Director, CEO

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