Jewish National Fund

Location: New York, NY

Category: Advocacy or Public Service

Russell Robinson


The Jewish National Fund is a not-for-profit organization that has planted more than 240 million trees in Israel. Founded in 1901 with the support of Theodor Herzl, the JNF purchased and developed land for settlement by the fledgling Jewish population living in Ottoman-administered Palestine at the time. Today, the JNF owns about 14% of Israel’s total land and has developed more than 1,000 parks. Donors, often living in the United States, fund the JNF’s land purchase and tree planting initiatives.

Russell Robinson has served as CEO of the Jewish National Fund since 1998. His involvement in the Jewish community dates back many years. In El Paso, Texas, he served as director of the Jewish Community Center and helped further an initiative to teach Holocaust studies in public schools. He also helped Eastern European Jews immigrate to Israel and led a campaign against poverty in Israel, raising more than $35 million.


Institution Total Expenses: $44,219,567

Employees: 209

Salary: $344,783

Underpaid by: 13%


Institution Total Expenses: $47,521,165

Employees: 219

Salary: $344,340


Institution Total Expenses: $36,961,113

Salary: $375,147


Salary: $382,228


Salary: $329,812

  • 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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