Anti-Defamation League

Location: New York, NY

Category: Advocacy or Public Service

Abraham Foxman

National Director

The Anti-Defamation League is a prominent civil rights organization dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry worldwide. The ADL was founded in 1913 by B’nai Brith, a popular Jewish service organization, in response to increasing attacks on Jews. Today, the organization frequently publishes reports documenting cases of anti-Semitism across the globe, lobbies politicians to advance Jewish interests, and has 29 offices in the United States and three offices in other countries.

Abraham Foxman, a Soviet-born American lawyer, currently serves as the Anti Defamation League’s national director. Foxman attended the Yeshiva of Flatbush, and later pursued a bachelor’s degree in political science from the City College of New York and a law degree from New York University. He joined the ADL’s international affairs division in 1965, and was selected by the board to become the ADL’s national director in 1987.


Institution Total Expenses: $49,567,2223

Employees: 417

Salary: $688,2803

Overpaid by: 70%


Institution Total Expenses: $49,567,222

Employees: 417

Salary: $688,280


Institution Total Expenses: $53,551,524

Salary: $621,470


Salary: $567,176


Salary: $532,3787

  • 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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