Zionist Organization of America

Location: New York, NY
Category: Advocacy or Public Service

Morton Klein National President

Founded in 1897, the Zionist Organization of America is the longest-running Israel advocacy organization in the United States. Today, the organization represents over 50,000 members, and has offices across the country. It promotes strong relations between the United States and Israel and strives to educate the public, political officials and the media about the Arab-Israeli conflict from a Zionist point-of-view, to counter pro-Palestinian bias in the press and on college campuses. In recent years, they have called for stronger sanctions on Iran and restrictions on funds to Palestinians. In 2011, the ZOA lost its status as a charitable organization because it failed to provide the IRS with tax returns for three consecutive years.

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Morton Klein has served as the national president of the Zionist Organization of America since 1993. He received a Certificate of Appreciation from the U.S. State Department, and is also a member of the International Board of Governors of the College of Judea and Samaria in Ariel, Israel. In the past, he served as an economist to former Presidents Nixon, Ford and Carter, and has been a lecturer on economics at a number of universities.

2012
Institution Total Expenses $3,058,183 3
Employees 31 3
Salary $435,050 3
Overpaid by 90%
2011
Institution Total Expenses $3,058,183
Employees 31
Salary $435,050
2010
Institution Total Expenses $2,883,942
Salary $363,462 6
2009
Salary $361,667 7
2008
Salary $315,385 7
1 Interim head of organization
2 Data from 2012
3 Data from 2011
4 Data from 2010
5 Data from 2009
6 Data from 2008
7 Data from 2007
8 Includes payment from SWC Museum Corp.
9 Predecessor's salary
10 Partial year
11 Not a 501(c)3
12 Annualized
13 Position currently vacant
14 As per Form 990, JNF declined to comment
15 Base salary
16 Data from president-elect period
17 2010 Employees
18 Legally exempt from public disclosure of salary
19 Highest paid professional, not CEO
20 Paid from two related organizations
21 Data from 2013

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