Birthright Israel Foundation Drops 27% in Private Support 2012 to 2013

Chronicle logoAccording to the just released Chronicle of Philanthropy’s annual rankings of the 400 charities that collect the most from private sources, Birthright Israel Foundation’s private support for fiscal 2013 decreased 27.2% from fiscal 2012. UJA-Federation of New York’s private support dropped 10.9% and Yeshiva University was down 12.1%.

Overall the study found a 10.9-percent increase in money raised from 2012 to 2013 for more than 330 charities that reported contributions for both years.

Jewish communal organizations listed include:

Total Private Support fiscal 2013 % change from fiscal 2012
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee* $311,992,238 +4.4%
Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston* $225,445,590 +7.7%
Jewish Communal Fund (NY) $359,713,876 +67.3%
Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties $104,223,664** +17.8%
Jewish National Fund $101,297,714** +54.2%
Birthright Israel Foundation $74,221,738 -27.2%
United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York $168,819,000** -10.9%
Yeshiva University $75,591,245** -12.1%

* includes affiliates
** includes cash donations to a capital campaign

The rankings are based on cash and product donations as well as stock, land, and other gifts from individuals, corporations, and foundations in the United States.

To gather data on private donations, The Chronicle used Internal Revenue Service Form 990 informational tax filings. It also examined financial statements and annual reports and sent a survey to all nonprofits likely to make the list.