Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland

Location: Cleveland, OH

Category: Federation

Stephen Hoffman


Founded in 1939, the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland provides services to over 40,000 people in the Cleveland area as well as thousands internationally. The Federation raises most of its funds through its yearly Campaign for Jewish Needs. In support of its mission to strengthen and protect the Jewish community, it helps fund local Jewish schools, newspapers and synagogues.

Stephen Hoffman has served as president of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland since 1983. From 2001 to 2004, he was CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America, after which time he resumed his post in Cleveland. In 2004, President George Bush appointed him to serve on the United States delegation to the Conference on Anti-Semitism. Hoffman serves on the boards of the David and Inez Myers Foundation, the Musical Arts Association, the Maltz Foundation and the Mandel Foundation, and is the founding director of the Council for Initiatives in Jewish Education. He holds a master’s in social work from the University of Maryland, as well as a master’s in Jewish studies from the Baltimore Hebrew University.


Institution Total Expenses: $65,057,974

Employees: 189

Salary: $722,061

Overpaid by: 68%


Institution Total Expenses: $66,766,742

Employees: 193

Salary: $644,518


Institution Total Expenses: $59,994,1025

Salary: $644,5182


Salary: $640,2954


Salary: $450,000

  • 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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