Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life

Location: Washington, DC

Category: Advocacy or Public Service

Eric Fingerhut

President & CEO

Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life is the largest Jewish campus organization, serving Jewish students at more than 550 college campuses. Hillel was founded in 1923 at the University of Illinois, Urabna-Champaign, and was sponsored by B’nai B’rith International. Today, Hillel chapters provide opportunities for students on college campuses to stay engaged in Jewish life and participate in various learning and social justice activities.

Eric Fingerhut is the president and CEO of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. From 2007 to 2011, he served as chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents. He also served as vice president of education and STEM learning at Battelle Memorial Institute. He earned a law degree from Stanford University in 1984 and practiced law before becoming associate director of Cleveland Works Inc. and later serving as campaign manager for Cleveland mayoral candidate Michael White. He also served as an Ohio senator from 1991 to 1993 and then again from 1999 to 2007. As a senator, he strongly supported and co-signed a number of pro-Israel bills.


Institution Revenue: $26,128,225

Institution Total Expenses: $25,626,671

Employees: 1,541

Salary: $450,000

Overpaid by: 18%


Institution Revenue: $27,903,405

Institution Total Expenses: $27,029,698

Employees: 1,541

Salary: $336,7729


Institution Total Expenses: $28,272,738

Employees: 1,591

Salary: $316,0649

Underpaid by: 13%


Institution Total Expenses: $27,398,647

Employees: 1,533

Salary: $308,1589


Institution Total Expenses: $25,459,962

Salary: $347,296


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  • 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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