Bend The Arc

Location: New York, NY

Category: Advocacy or Public Service

Stosh Cotler


Bend the Arc, the nation’s largest Jewish social justice organization, advocates on a range economic and social justice issues, including workers’ rights, immigration reform and affordable housing. A product of the merger between the Jewish Funds for Justice and the Progressive Jewish Alliance, Bend the Arc has grown rapidly over the last eight years by merging or affiliating with several other Jewish social justice groups. Through its offices on the East and West Coasts, Bend the Arc organizes training programs for social justice activists and invests in needy neighborhoods.

In 2005, Stosh Cotler joined Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice and served as its executive vice president until she was promoted to CEO this past January. Bend the Arc builds advocacy within Jewish communities for social and economic justice across the lines of class, race and faith. Along with shaping the vision of this organization, Cotler was responsible for key mergers and affiliations, leading to expansion in six large East and West Coast cities. While playing a leading role in Jewish Funds for Justice in New York, one of the two organizations that merged to create Bend the Arc, Cotler launched and developed Selah, the organization’s ongoing flagship program that trains hundreds of Jewish leaders in progressive and innovative leadership strategies for their communities.


Institution Revenue: $5,309,552

Institution Total Expenses: $4,853,993

Employees: 33

Salary: $220,000

Underpaid by: 21%


Institution Revenue: $4,391,162

Institution Total Expenses: $5,425,295

Employees: 97

Salary: $208,5989


Institution Total Expenses: $7,711,648

Employees: 83

Salary: $220,00020

Underpaid by: 21%


Institution Total Expenses: $6,007,281

Employees: 71

Salary: $209,0159


Institution Total Expenses: $6,753,484

Salary: $180,5005


Salary: $180,500

  • 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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