American Jewish World Service

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

Ruth Messinger President & CEO

The American Jewish World Service, headquartered in New York City, supports community-based organizations in developing countries across the globe. The organization was founded in 1985 with the goal of alleviating poverty, disease and hunger. The AJWS advocates for policy reform to help alleviate world hunger and disease, and also supports education and volunteer programs to educate the Jewish American community about global issues.

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Ruth Messinger has served as president and CEO of the American Jewish World Service since 1998. She ran for the Democratic mayoral race in 1997, losing the candidacy to Rudy Giuliani. She was a delegate to the 1980 Democratic National Convention and serves as a board member of Hazon, an organization to establish sustainable communities, and a trustee emeritus of the Jewish Foundation for Education of Women.

2012
Institution Total Expenses $53,832,698
Employees 270
Salary $301,422
Underpaid by 27%
2011
Institution Total Expenses $52,412,031
Employees 204
Salary $294,866
2010
Institution Total Expenses $43,384,378
Salary $276,217
2009
Salary $249,774
2008
Salary $216,625 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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