Non-profit

Jewish Communal Fund

Tax ID:

23-7174183

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2019):

Revenue: $822,229,715
Expenses: $466,470,588
Assets: $2,031,447,910

Type:

Community Foundation

Location:

New York, NY

CEO:

Susan Dickman

The Jewish Communal Fund is a community foundation and administrator of donor-advised funds that promotes and facilitates charitable giving within the Jewish community in the greater New York City area. The organization was founded in 1972 and since has grown to serve donor-advised fund holders across the United States and in several foreign countries, particularly Israel. The foundation provides over $520 million in annual giving to a variety of Jewish-specific nonprofits and charities as well as other community originations and national charities. The foundation also provides funding to many left-of-center nonprofits and was listed by Candid as a “foundation funding U.S. democracy” thanks to grants from or through donor-advised funds at the Fund to left-of-center election advocacy groups and voter projects including the Voter Participation Center, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation, the Equal Justice Initiative and the Barack Obama Foundation. [1] [2]

Background

The Jewish Communal Fund was founded in 1972 by Herbert Singer, a New York City-based attorney who created the organization to manage giving for members of the Jewish community in the area. Singer was president of the fund from its inception until 1987. In the early days of the foundation, it managed $4 million in assets for less than 200 donors with under $700,000 in annual grants. As of 2022, the foundation managed over $2.4 billion in assets and distributed over $520 million in grants in 2021. The organization has been a longtime supporter of Israel-based charities and has given over $300 million to 712 Israeli nonprofits over the years. The organization also has a close partnership with the UJA Federation of New York, a Jewish federation in New York City that has received over $270 million in unrestricted funding from the Fund since its inception. [3] [4]

While much of the JCF’s giving is directed by the holders of its donor-advised funds, the foundation operates an endowment called its “special gifts fund” which consists of unrestricted funds that can be donated to groups at the discretion of the foundation’s board of directors. [5]

According to the JCF’s 2021 annual giving report, the foundation distributed over 70,000 grants through its over 4,000 donor-advised funds that totaled over $520 million in annual giving for the year. [6]

Grantmaking

While much of the Jewish Communal Fund’s giving is directed by the holders of its donor-advised funds, the foundation operates an endowment called its “special gifts fund” which consists of unrestricted funds that can be donated to groups at the discretion of the foundation’s board of directors. [7]

Candid lists JCF as a “foundation funding U.S. democracy” due to donations from the foundation to largely left-of-center election advocacy groups and voter projects. Candid’s Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy Database lists 100 grants from the JCF to these organizations. The largest of such contributions in 2020 included $5.1 million to Results for America, $2 million to the Barack Obama Foundation, and $1 million to the Immigrant Justice Corps. [8] The JCF also gave over $700,000 to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America in 2021. [9]

The foundation also contributed over $400,000 to the Foundation for National Progress (the publisher of far-left media outlet Mother Jones) and the Voter Participation Center, and over $300,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation. The foundation also gave contributions to the Sunlight Foundation, the Center for Political Accountability, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, the Protect Democracy Project, the Jacobin Foundation, Democracy NOW! Productions, the Equal Justice Initiative, the Common Cause Education Fund, the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, the Millennial Action Project, the National League of Cities Institute, the Committee to Protect Journalists, Media Matters for America, the Brennan Center for Justice, and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. [10]

The foundation also provided funding to a handful of right-of-center organizations including the Independent Women’s Forum, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, the Institute for Justice, and Judicial Watch. [11]

References

  1. “Foundation Funding for US Democracy: Jewish Communal Fund.” Candid. Accessed May 19, 2022. https://maps.foundationcenter.org/?_gl=1*1m8mcoj*_ga*MTEwNDA4Njk5Mi4xNjUxNjkzMTg5*_ga_5W8PXYYGBX*MTY1Mjk3MjE3MS4yLjEuMTY1Mjk3MjE5Mi4zOQ..#/list/?subjects=all&popgroups=all&years=all&location=6252001&excludeLocation=0&geoScale=ADM0&layer=recip&boundingBox=-188.7890625,-66.65297740055277,189.140625,76.10079606754579&gmOrgs=all&recipOrgs=all&tags=all&keywords=&pathwaysOrg=&pathwaysType=&acct=democracy&typesOfSupport=all&transactionTypes=all&amtRanges=all&minGrantAmt=0&maxGrantAmt=0&gmTypes=all&minAssetsAmt=0&maxAssetsAmt=0&minGivingAmt=0&maxGivingAmt=0&andOr=0&includeGov=1&custom=all&customArea=all&indicator=&dataSource=oecd&chartType=bars&multiSubject=1&listType=gm&zoom=0&_ga=2.214543959.1743185778.1652972174-1104086992.1651693189 ^
  2. “Our History.” Jewish Communal Fund. Accessed May 19, 2022. https://jcfny.org/our-history/ ^
  3. “Our History.” Jewish Communal Fund. Accessed May 19, 2022. https://jcfny.org/our-history/ ^
  4. “2021 Giving Report.” Jewish Communal Fund. Accessed May 19, 2022. https://jcfny.org/2021givingreport/ ^
  5. “Our History.” Jewish Communal Fund. Accessed May 19, 2022. https://jcfny.org/our-history/ ^
  6. “2021 Giving Report.” Jewish Communal Fund. Accessed May 19, 2022. https://jcfny.org/2021givingreport/ ^
  7. “Our History.” Jewish Communal Fund. Accessed May 19, 2022. https://jcfny.org/our-history/ ^
  8. Foundationcenter ^
  9. “2021 Giving Report.” Jewish Communal Fund. Accessed May 19, 2022. https://jcfny.org/2021givingreport/ ^
  10. “Foundation Funding for US Democracy: Jewish Communal Fund.” Candid. Accessed May 19, 2022. https://maps.foundationcenter.org/?_gl=1*1m8mcoj*_ga*MTEwNDA4Njk5Mi4xNjUxNjkzMTg5*_ga_5W8PXYYGBX*MTY1Mjk3MjE3MS4yLjEuMTY1Mjk3MjE5Mi4zOQ..#/list/?subjects=all&popgroups=all&years=all&location=6252001&excludeLocation=0&geoScale=ADM0&layer=recip&boundingBox=-188.7890625,-66.65297740055277,189.140625,76.10079606754579&gmOrgs=all&recipOrgs=all&tags=all&keywords=&pathwaysOrg=&pathwaysType=&acct=democracy&typesOfSupport=all&transactionTypes=all&amtRanges=all&minGrantAmt=0&maxGrantAmt=0&gmTypes=all&minAssetsAmt=0&maxAssetsAmt=0&minGivingAmt=0&maxGivingAmt=0&andOr=0&includeGov=1&custom=all&customArea=all&indicator=&dataSource=oecd&chartType=bars&multiSubject=1&listType=gm&zoom=0&_ga=2.214543959.1743185778.1652972174-1104086992.1651693189 ^
  11. “Foundation Funding for US Democracy: Jewish Communal Fund.” Candid. Accessed May 19, 2022. https://maps.foundationcenter.org/?_gl=1*1m8mcoj*_ga*MTEwNDA4Njk5Mi4xNjUxNjkzMTg5*_ga_5W8PXYYGBX*MTY1Mjk3MjE3MS4yLjEuMTY1Mjk3MjE5Mi4zOQ..#/list/?subjects=all&popgroups=all&years=all&location=6252001&excludeLocation=0&geoScale=ADM0&layer=recip&boundingBox=-188.7890625,-66.65297740055277,189.140625,76.10079606754579&gmOrgs=all&recipOrgs=all&tags=all&keywords=&pathwaysOrg=&pathwaysType=&acct=democracy&typesOfSupport=all&transactionTypes=all&amtRanges=all&minGrantAmt=0&maxGrantAmt=0&gmTypes=all&minAssetsAmt=0&maxAssetsAmt=0&minGivingAmt=0&maxGivingAmt=0&andOr=0&includeGov=1&custom=all&customArea=all&indicator=&dataSource=oecd&chartType=bars&multiSubject=1&listType=gm&zoom=0&_ga=2.214543959.1743185778.1652972174-1104086992.1651693189 ^
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: June - May
  • Tax Exemption Received: April 1, 1972

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2019 Jun Form 990 $822,229,715 $466,470,588 $2,031,447,910 $22,784,581 Y $746,888,324 $0 $33,372,965 $1,614,881 PDF
    2018 Jun Form 990 $511,661,717 $445,724,940 $1,653,526,550 $6,888,214 Y $451,187,386 $0 $27,880,036 $1,427,335 PDF
    2017 Jun Form 990 $461,930,782 $406,473,999 $1,558,568,958 $8,015,185 Y $411,849,319 $0 $21,772,832 $1,475,242 PDF
    2016 Jun Form 990 $468,022,528 $389,689,474 $1,433,442,677 $12,945,268 Y $434,991,130 $0 $19,536,194 $1,305,415 PDF
    2015 Jun Form 990 $454,837,008 $309,614,285 $1,432,214,406 $23,005,058 Y $403,266,276 $0 $18,309,951 $1,309,931 PDF
    2014 Jun Form 990 $363,516,176 $339,665,269 $1,300,271,118 $22,017,157 Y $320,931,621 $0 $17,022,162 $1,109,603 PDF
    2013 Jun Form 990 $390,169,085 $279,911,557 $1,179,807,027 $448,882 Y $359,713,876 $0 $15,916,579 $1,024,567 PDF
    2012 Jun Form 990 $231,679,149 $288,794,431 $1,012,249,534 $343,934 Y $215,049,399 $0 $16,207,889 $941,149 PDF
    2011 Jun Form 990 $342,483,967 $300,178,979 $1,086,418,244 $381,510 Y $321,708,146 $0 $15,386,732 $914,792 PDF

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