Zionist Organization of America

Location: New York, NY

Category: Advocacy or Public Service

Morton Klein

National President

Founded in 1897, the Zionist Organization of America is the longest-running Israel advocacy organization in the United States. Today, the organization represents over 50,000 members, and has offices across the country. It promotes strong relations between the United States and Israel and strives to educate the public, political officials and the media about the Arab-Israeli conflict from a Zionist point-of-view, to counter pro-Palestinian bias in the press and on college campuses. In recent years, they have called for stronger sanctions on Iran and restrictions on funds to Palestinians. In 2011, the ZOA lost its status as a charitable organization because it failed to provide the IRS with tax returns for three consecutive years.

Morton Klein has served as the national president of the Zionist Organization of America since 1993. He received a Certificate of Appreciation from the U.S. State Department, and is also a member of the International Board of Governors of the College of Judea and Samaria in Ariel, Israel. In the past, he served as an economist to former Presidents Nixon, Ford and Carter, and has been a lecturer on economics at a number of universities.

2014

Institution Revenue: $4,068,281

Institution Total Expenses: $5,433,364

Employees: 38

Salary: $440,440

Overpaid by: 56%

2013

Institution Revenue: $5,827,253

Institution Total Expenses: $3,909,965

Employees: 28

Salary: $420,718

Overpaid by: 85%

2012

Institution Total Expenses: $3,058,1833

Employees: 313

Salary: $435,0503

Overpaid by: 90%

2011

Institution Total Expenses: $3,058,183

Employees: 31

Salary: $435,050

2010

Institution Total Expenses: $2,883,942

Salary: $363,4626

2009

Salary: $361,6677

2008

Salary: $315,3857

  • 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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