UJA Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York

Location: New York, NY

Category: Federation

John Ruskay

Executive VP & CEO

The UJA Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York was established in 1917. Close to 60,000 donors support the Federation, which provides services to 4.5 million people and is the largest local philanthropic organization in the world. It funds nearly 100 beneficiary agencies, Jewish organizations and synagogues. In 1986, it was formed from the merger of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York and the United Jewish Appeal.

John Ruskay joined the UJA Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York in 1993 and was appointed executive vice president and CEO in 1999. He helped grow UJA-Federation’s endowment significantly and has raised $2.7 billion since his appointment. Ruskay received his doctorate in political science from Columbia University as well as an honorary degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He has served as a senior consultant to the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Foundation and the Wexner Foundation, as educational director of the 92nd Street Y and as vice chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary. He has announced that he will retire from his position as executive vice president and CEO in mid-2014.

2010

Institution Total Expenses: $218,276,000

Salary: $466,000

2009

Salary: $462,000

2008

Salary: $444,000

  • 1Interim head of organization
  • 2Data from 2012
  • 3Data from 2011
  • 4Data from 2010
  • 5Data from 2009
  • 6Data from 2008
  • 7Data from 2007
  • 8Includes payment from SWC Museum Corp.
  • 9Predecessor's salary
  • 10Partial year
  • 11Not a 501(c)3
  • 12Annualized
  • 13Position currently vacant
  • 14As per Form 990, JNF declined to comment
  • 15Base salary
  • 16Data from president-elect period
  • 172010 Employees
  • 18Legally exempt from public disclosure of salary
  • 19Highest paid professional, not CEO
  • 20Paid from two related organizations
  • 21Data from 2013
  • 22Data from 2014
  • 23Data from 2015
  • 24Includes a one-time honorarium of $55,000
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