EIN 13-1659627

Jewish National Fund

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Jewish National Fund gives all generations of jews a unique voice in building a prosperous future for the land of israel and its people. Jewish National Fund gives all generations of Jews a unique voice in building a prosperous future for the land of ...
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Keren Kayemeth Leisrael

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A nonprofit organization and united nations ngo (non-governmental organization), Jewish National Fund (jnf) gives all generations of jews a unique voice in building a prosperous future for the land of israel and its people. 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 strives 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 across israel, fostering community growth for new 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. In 2020 jnf entered its 119th year as one of the world's oldest Jewish non-profits and maintains a special and historic connection to israel in that its early work helped create the land and empower its people to later become a nation. The unprecedented challenges of 2020 did not define us. Rather, it will be remembered as the time Jewish National Fund: - pivoted and kept the connection with israel during the pandemic by bringing the land and people of israel to our partners, friends, and family from the comfort of their homes with over 250 highly successful and in demand virtual tours. With a licensed tour guide, a staggering 6,500+ tourists have "visitedsupported israel on a virtual tour. - hosted nearly 200 virtual events across the country featuring speakers from the bureau in zoom and virtual settings for parlor meetings, affinity programs, as well as community breakfasts. - brought israeli small businesses into america's homes through our online mitzvah market place: shop israeli goods (jnf.org/shopping) - were joined by israeli superstar gal gadot and other prominent celebrities at our inaugural spectacular sunday virtual fundraising event, which raised over $2.39 million jnf is synonymous with the blue box and planting trees in israel, and has evolved into seven major program areas, each with its own major goals and partnerships within israel to help put into place the projects that are mainly donor-designated. Continuing on work begun in 2013, jnf's one billion dollar roadmap for the next decade campaign, has created ground-breaking new ventures focusing on connecting the next generation to israel, building communities in israel's frontier regions of the negev and galilee, and creating infrastructure for ecology, special needs, and heritage preservation. Jnf enhances quality of life by building new communities and bolstering existing ones. Jnf's blueprint negev campaign is helping to bring hundreds of thousands of new residents to the negev desert and its go north campaign focuses on the communities of northern israel. Jnf's work in community building includes, the be'er sheva river park, sderot indoor recreation center, central arava medical center, eshkol resilience center, project wadi attir, halutza and galilee culinary instiute jnf. Jnf is the single largest provider of zionist engagement programs in the u.s. and offers myriad ways to connect young americans to israel. Its israel education and advocacy programs take people from birth to boardroom. They start in kindergarten and continue through college life, engaging, educating, and helping students foster a greater connection and commitment to the land and people of israel. Jnf's israel continuum programming includes, the campus fellowship, caravan for democracy, alternative break, taglit-birthright israel, faculty fellowship summer institute in israel, alexander muss high school in israel, b'nai mitzvah projects, plant your way to israel and green horizons. With the management of the alexander muss high school in israel (amhsi-jnf), which, since 1972, has been pioneering the academic and experiential study of israel and Jewish history at the high school level, jnf sets the goal of further growing and enhancing Jewish continuity and israel connectivity amongst youth by offering semester abroad programs to better enrich student knowledge base and to better prepare them for college study. To date, some 29,000 students have benefited from an education at this school and many students have received an amhsi-jnf fellowship or grant. Community building: be'er sheva has undergone an immense transformation and unprecedented population and economic growth thanks to blueprint negev, Jewish National Fund's strategic vision for the region. The negev's capital city is now a desert oasis thanks to the completion of the be'er sheva lake, a 28-acre manmade lake (the largest in israel) filled with recycled water, and the centerpiece of jnf's seven-mile be'er sheva river park. Lakeside shops and restaurants, as well as boating and other sport activities, will be open and available soon, all located near the Jewish National Fund be'er sheva amphitheater. This year, despite hardships due to covid-19, Jewish National Fund's lauder employment center (lec) emerged as a leader in sustainable economic development by aiding job seekers and employers throughout the negev all while preparing for "the day after." The lec trained individuals to search for jobs during the crisis and prepared them for virtual interviews. It also provided over 1,000 negev job seekers direct access to postings and retraining courses. Helping local employers pivot to a remote working environment has kept many companies from closing their doors or furloughing employees. Since march 2020, the lec has hosted over 1,500 young adults in more than 35 webinars and online lectures, with over 75 companies participating in virtual programming and volunteering their time and expertise, resulting in the creation of more than 500 career opportunities each month. A survey of 1,000 college and graduate students found that 81% who completed the lec's webinars have a strong interest in remaining in the negev if they can secure employment. The Jewish National Fund lauder internship program welcomed 18 new interns (out of 120 applicants) for its fourth cohort. The successes seen in the negev encouraged Jewish National Fund and ronald s. lauder to open the lauder employment center north in akko in november, where it will replicate the negev center's achievements and tackle the unique employment challenges facing the galilee. In sderot, the new Jewish National Fund sderot animal assisted therapy center is nearing completion, thanks to a significant gift from faith bible chapel (denver, co), and will help the region's residents cope with mental health issues, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd), and also provide physical therapy. The first phase of construction on the new sandra goldreich roklen and evan roklen sderot resilience center complex is complete, and the final project will open to the public by mid-2021. This 25,800-sq.-ft complex will house a conference center and parenthood house, which will continue to provide critically needed social services to residents. In halutza, the helmsley charitable trust halutza medical center provided nearly 25,000 medical visits-in addition to the new dental clinic that opened last year-and boasts a new physical therapy center through the support of the seiger family (los angeles, ca). The medical center also opened a covid-19 testing facility, providing health assurance and safety for all residents of the western negev. Other highlights: - 55 new homes were constructed, and 66 new housing sites are under construction in shlomit with 40 nearing completion in bnei netzarim - the new jane cornell halutza community pool in bnei netzarim is currently under construction - halutza's economy earned 25 million shekels from selling its fresh produce to local markets and exporting to 15 countries around the world. - thanks to a generous gift from charlene vener (los angeles, ca), construction plans are underway for a state-of-the-art communal dairy farm. Upon completion, the farm will produce 160 million liters a year, supply the domestic market with dairy products, export products internationally, and create thousands of new jobs in the region. - in the gaza envelope, the eshkol playschool kingdom, will be dedicated in honor of betsy fischer by her husband peter (cherry hill, nj) with an entranceway funded by jentezen franklin ministries, is a state-of-the-art educational campus and will be completed by june 2021. - the expansion of the Jewish National Fund psychological center in sha'ar hanegev is complete and provides high-quality care and assistance to the region's residents, many of whom suffer from ptsd. In the arava valley: - construction on the state-of-the art sapir aquatic sports center, which includes an olympic-sized swimm

Form 990s for Jewish National Fund

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2019-092020-12-23990View PDF
2018-092019-12-06990View PDF
2017-092018-09-12990View PDF
2016-092017-10-23990View PDF
2015-092016-10-19990View PDF
...and 5 more Form 990s

Who funds Jewish National Fund

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift FundFor Grant Recipient's Exempt Purposes$1,415,259
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...and 485 more grants received

Grants made by Jewish National Fund

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
Alexander Muss High School in IsraelGeneral Support$2,057,605
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...and 56 more grants made

Financials for Jewish National Fund

RevenuesFYE 09/2020
Total grants, contributions, etc.$85,126,908
Program services$430,830
Investment income and dividends$10,407,589
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$220,229
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$11,499,919
Net income from fundraising events$5,534
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$58,628
Total revenues$107,749,637

Personnel at Jewish National Fund

Russell F. RobinsonChief Executive Officer$657,452
Efrat GilmanChief Operating Officer
Mitchel RosenzweigChief Financial Officer$333,979
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...and 17 more key personnel

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42 East 69th Street
New York, NY 10021
Metro area
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
Website URL
(212) 879-9300
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NTEE code, primary
X30: Jewish
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813312: Environment, Conservation, and Wildlife Organizations
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