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Salary Survey 2017: Russell Robinson Of The Jewish National Fund

Jewish National Fund

Location: New York, NY

Category: Advocacy or Public Service

Russell Robinson


The Jewish National Fund is a not-for-profit organization that has planted more than 240 million trees in Israel. Founded in 1901 with the support of Theodor Herzl, the JNF purchased and developed land for settlement by the fledgling Jewish population living in Ottoman-administered Palestine at the time. Today, the JNF owns about 14% of Israel’s total land and has developed more than 1,000 parks. Donors, often living in the United States, fund the JNF’s land purchase and tree planting initiatives.

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Russell Robinson has served as CEO of the Jewish National Fund since 1998. His involvement in the Jewish community dates back many years. In El Paso, Texas, he served as director of the Jewish Community Center and helped further an initiative to teach Holocaust studies in public schools. He also helped Eastern European Jews immigrate to Israel and led a campaign against poverty in Israel, raising more than $35 million.


Institution Revenue: $81,112,863

Institution Total Expenses: $66,140,269

Employees: 190

Salary: $435,011


Institution Revenue: $73,397,269

Institution Total Expenses: $60,237,753

Employees: 177

Salary: $350,546

Overpaid by: 22%

For information on previous years, see here.

For information on other Jewish nonprofits, see here.

For information on other Jewish advocacy and public service leaders, see here.

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

22 Data from 2014

23 Data from 2015

24 Includes a one-time honorarium of $55,000

25 Data from 2017





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