American Jewish World Service
Location: New York, NY
Category: Advocacy or Public Service
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.
Robert Bank succeeded Ruth Messinger as President in late 2015. Bank joined AJWS in 2009 as its Executive Vice President. Prior to joining AJWS, he served in New York’s municipal government and in the leadership of GMHC — one of the leading organizations in the world engaged in combatting HIV/AIDS. In 2008, he played an instrumental role in the campaign to overturn the ban on HIV-positive people entering the United States and becoming U.S. citizens. He studied at The Juilliard School, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Robert earned a law degree from the City University of New York Law School and then pursued a career in advocacy and organizational leadership, defending civil rights for vulnerable minorities — both in New York City and around the world.
Institution Revenue: $68,958,539
Institution Total Expenses: $65,415,820
Institution Revenue: $58,158,816
Institution Total Expenses: $61,487,233
Underpaid by: 26%
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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
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