How Much Are Jewish Non-Profit Leaders Making?

Transparency. Conversation. Fairness. Those are the aims of the Forward’s salary survey, now published for the seventh year. We shine a light on the gender composition and compensation of our top national not-for-profit leaders in the hopes that it will spur serious conversation about creating a fairer workplace in the Jewish community and beyond.

If you are a volunteer at one of these organizations, a client, a donor, an employer or an employee — you deserve this information. It is required to be public as part of the contract charities make with the federal government and therefore with all Americans.


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Remember: by virtue of the fact that not-for-profits are absolved from paying taxes, the rest of us subsidize their work. We do that because these charities perform a valuable function serving our community, and we have the right to expect transparency in return.

So I wish to thank all those who answered our calls to help us compile this data, to verify its accuracy and place it in the context it deserves.

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I am indebted to research editor Maia Efrem, who oversaw the extensive work necessary to collect and analyze reams of numbers, and whose work ethic is only matched by her journalistic commitment to accuracy and fairness. She was ably assisted by Antoaneta Roussi and Talya Zax. I would also like to thank Kurt Hoffman, Anya Ulinich and Elaine Tin Nyo.

This is the third year that we have been assisted by Dr. Abraham Wyner, professor of statistics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, who volunteers his considerable talents to make these numbers make sense. Thanks also to Tableau, for their pro bono help in creating our terrific interactive charts on forward.com.

Who Earns What

Rank
Executive
Organisation
2014 Salary (* predecessor's salary)
1
Brandeis University
$844,722*
2
Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland
$801,581
3
Simon Wiesenthal Center
$784,155
4
Yeshiva University
$738,180
5
Anti-Defamation League
$689,830*
6
Jewish Federations of North America
$672,358
7
American Israel Public Affairs Committee
$638,000
8
The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore
$634,883
9
Republican Jewish Coalition
$591,105
10
Birthright Israel
$586,293
11
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
$583,674
12
UJA Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York
$555,000*
13
Touro College
$547,714
14
Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metro Chicago
$526,176
15
Greater Miami Jewish Federation
$497,110
16
American Jewish Committee
$491,766
17
Foundation for Jewish Camp
$460,975
18
Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles
$460,870
19
Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life
$450,000
20
Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
$449,182
21
Zionist Organization of America
$440,440
22
Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations
$422,041
23
Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County
$415,365
24
Hadassah
$410,316
25
Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston
$406,623
26
Jewish Community Centers Association of North America
$405,000
27
The Israel Project
$401,750
28
Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
$390,000
29
B'nai Brith International
$385,505
30
Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco
$352,722*
31
United Jewish Communities of MetroWest New Jersey
$351,798*
32
Jewish National Fund
$350,546
33
United Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh
$334,336
34
American Jewish World Service
$330,849
35
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
$318,472
36
Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County
$310,437
37
Stand With Us
$308,970
38
Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta
$303,848
39
CLAL (National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership)
$295,961
40
Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs
$290,000
41
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit
$273,828
42
CLAL (National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership)
$272,711
43
UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey
$264,053
44
National Council of Jewish Women
$260,305
45
Forward Association
$256,207
46
Jewish Federation of St. Louis
$248,152
47
Americans for Peace Now
$228,866
48
ORT America
$227,928*
49
J Street
$220,645
50
Bend The Arc
$220,000
51
Association of Jewish Family and Children's Agencies
$216,436
52
American Jewish University
$212,007
53
Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring
$201,062
54
The Center for Jewish History
$200,000*
55
Israeli-American Council
$191,000*
56
Jewish Council for Public Affairs
$178,554
57
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
$167,942
58
Hazon
$155,338
59
Agudath Israel of America
$138,511
60
Keshet
$120,000

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