Your charitable dollars at work: UJA-Federation (New York) donates $6 million to radical Leftist New Israel Fund
I have never been a big fan of donating money to Jewish Federations
in the United States. Perhaps this story will convince some of you - at least in New York - that you need more ability to control your charitable donations than donating to Federation gives you: JCC Watch reports that the New York Jewish Federation (UJA) has donated nearly $6 million to the radical Leftist New Israel Fund
over the last 13 years. And UJA-JCF has kept it secret until now.
A fully-owned subsidiary of the
UJA-Federation has sent $5,836,856 to the New Israel Fund since 2002,
according to IRS form 990 filings examined by JCCWatch, with donations
of between $258,000 and $802,000, made each year for the past dozen
contradicts the public statements from the UJA-Federation chair Alisa
Doctoroff, past CEO John Ruskay and current CEO Eric Goldstein who have
misled New Yorkers to believe that the umbrella charity has no financial
connection to the New Israel Fund.
The New Israel Fund,
in turn, is the financial banker for a network of organizations that
demonize the Israeli government and the Israel Defense Forces, promote
boycotts of Israeli products and call for international criminal
proceedings against our very own Jewish state.
The findings come on the back of a JCCWatch investigation on
Tuesday that showed that UJA-Federation leadership have been
pressuring former Israeli diplomats, and the office of the
current Consul-General in New York, to give cover for their support of
the New Israel Fund to participate in this weekend's Israel Day Parade.
In 2014, the UJA-Federation reported
on the IRS form 990 that it had assets of $1.382 billion, generating
$76 million in investment income, in addition to the $167 million in new
donations it received from the Jewish community.
Buried on page 7 of its audited financial statements,
under "Additional Notes," the UJA-Federation listed an entity called
the Jewish Communal Fund, of which it is the "sole member" and has
"controlling financial interest," meaning the UJA-Federation owns the
Jewish Communal Fund, "lock, stock, and barrel."
Jewish Communal Fund has 25 board members
drawn mainly from the parent board of the UJA-Federation, including its
president, Alisa Doctoroff. As for supervision of the donations, from their annual report:
"All qualified grant recommendations are submitted to the Charitable
Distribution Committee of the Jewish Communal Fund’s Board of Trustees
Reading the detail of
their grant-making guidelines, the board has two responsibilities: to
be "committed to supporting causes that promote the welfare and security
of the Jewish community here and abroad" and to "deny any grant request
where the purposes and activities of the recommended charitable
organization are deemed to be adverse to the interests of the Jewish
I guess they don't consider the New Israel Fund's activities
to be adverse
to the interests of the Jewish community. One has to wonder why
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