Birthright Israel

Location: New York, NY

Category: Advocacy or Public Service

David Fisher


Birthright Israel has provided Jewish youth between the ages of 18 and 26 with free trips to Israel for a 10-day guided tour of the Holy Land for the past 14 years. According to Birthright’s website, since 1999 it has sponsored over 350,000 trips to Israel for Jewish youth from across the globe, with the goal of strengthening Jewish identity and the relationship between Jews and Israel.

David Fisher has served as president of Birthright Israel since 2012. A native of Ohio, Fisher has extensive business experience and involvement with Jewish nonprofit organizations. Notably, he launched an effort to re-establish a new Cincinnati Jewish Federation/Jewish Community Center project, raising $45 million dollars. He was also involved with the United Jewish Community/Jewish Federation of North America from 2003 until 2009, and was the group’s youngest National Campaign chair.


Institution Total Expenses: $87,189,303

Employees: 53

Salary: $369,2709

Underpaid by: 19%


Institution Total Expenses: $55,195,625

Employees: 50

Salary: $437,9349


Institution Total Expenses: $55,033,808

Salary: $378,1739


Salary: $279,266

  • 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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