Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco

Location: San Francisco, CA

Category: Federation

Jennifer Gorovitz


The Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco is among the 20 largest federations in the United States. Having grown out of Jewish communal fundraising efforts established in the early 20th century, the Federation’s work is guided by the Jewish values of tzedakah (charitable giving), kehilla (community) and tikkun olam (repairing the world). It aims to foster community among Bay Area Jews, raise funds to support the community’s organizations and initiatives, and mobilize to address issues facing the Jewish community locally and internationally.

Jennifer Gorovitz serves as the CEO of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco. The first woman to lead a major federation, Gorovitz was called a “communal pioneer” by the Forward and was included in the 2010 Forward 50. Before her appointment as CEO, she spent five years at the Federation in other roles, including acting chief executive officer and chief of staff. Gorovitz graduated from Georgetown University Law Center and practiced law until 2004, when she gave up her practice to become professionally involved with the Jewish community. She is a member of a number of boards, including the advisory board of the Stanford Taube Center for Jewish Studies and the Northern California Planned Giving Council.


Institution Total Expenses: $134,027,819

Employees: 117

Salary: $311,044

Underpaid by: 37%


Institution Total Expenses: $74,976,598

Employees: 130

Salary: $305,275


Institution Total Expenses: $89,785,231

Salary: $305,000


Salary: $305,000


Salary: $305,0005

  • 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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