Foundation for Jewish Culture

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

Elise Bernhardt President & CEO

The Foundation for Jewish Culture supports Jewish culture and Jewish art in America. The FJC was founded in 1960 to preserve and cultivate European Jewish culture following its devastation during the Holocaust. Since then, the Foundation has distributed millions of dollars to Jewish artists and academics. Through fellowships, grants and recognition awards, FJC promotes increased visibility of Jewish literature, film, theater and scholarship. In September 2013, FJC announced it would cease operations and close its doors in 2014.

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Elise Bernhardt has served as president and CEO of the Foundation for Jewish Culture since 2006. Bernhardt was the founder and executive director of Dancing in the Streets, an organization that produces free public dance performances. She served as executive director of The Kitchen, an incubator for contemporary artists. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Bernhardt has also worked as artistic advisor of New York City Center's Fall for Dance Festival.

2012
Institution Total Expenses $3,882,000 3
Employees 15 3
Salary $155,000
Underpaid by 30%
2011
Institution Total Expenses $2,642,188
Employees 16
Salary $155,000 2
2010
Institution Total Expenses $2,633,519
Salary $175,000 5
2009
Salary $175,000
2008
Salary $175,000 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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