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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

94.03

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

Board Leadership
Peter Weintraub Peter Weintraub Peter Weintraub
National Chairman

CEO
Meir Klifi-Amir
National Director, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.03 four stars
  Financial 92.57 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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.

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Financial

four stars

92.57

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
76.5%
  Administrative Expenses 10.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 12.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.23
  Program Expenses Growth 10.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 8.3%
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) 94.03 four stars
The Prem Rawat Foundation (CA) 94.48 four stars
EastWest Institute (NY) 91.02 four stars
J Street Education Fund (DC) 86.39 three stars
The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International (IL) 100.00 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $46,172,200
   Federated Campaigns $1,327,520
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $85,424,548
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $132,924,268
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $132,924,268
   Other Revenue $-241,843
TOTAL REVENUE $132,682,425
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $75,519,389
   Administrative Expenses $10,721,328
   Fundraising Expenses $13,074,608
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $99,315,325
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $33,367,100
   
Net Assets $218,773,282

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 $37,149,491 49.2%
Educational & Scholarship Programs $24,497,660 32.4%
Construction Programs $13,872,238 18.4%

Ratings History
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces has received 10 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 06/01/2020 94.03 four stars
2017-12 05/01/2019 94.05 four stars
2016-12 12/01/2018 93.92 four stars
2016-12 04/01/2018 90.54 four stars
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

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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$1,163,115 1.17% Meir Klifi-Amir National Director & CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$291,076 0.29% Galit Brichta Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (NY) 94.03 four stars
Jewish Institute for National Security of America (DC) 86.21 three stars
The Marshall Legacy Institute (VA) 92.25 four stars
Peace Development Fund (MA) 96.66 four stars
The Prem Rawat Foundation (CA) 94.48 four 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

Peter Weintraub Peter Weintraub Peter Weintraub
National Chairman

CEO

Meir Klifi-Amir
National Director, CEO

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