I am bothered that the salaries of many of the board members is extremely high, the highest being the rabbi, who is the founder and president, whose reported salary in 2017 was $867,734. That seems totally excessive, especially for a man of the cloth. Shouldn't he be doing this to help others and not to enrich himself?
I looked at IFCJ's audit and found that there was a golden parachute for the president and his heir. It's in Note 10. To me it is overly generous. The president died and the heir, in 2018, was getting more than $3.5 MILLION MONTHLY. There is no statement of what the heir is getting in 2019. I didn't find a statement of compensation for the current president, but I didn't really have time to look intensively. Note 10 is copied below.
International Fellowship of Christians & Jews, Inc.
Notes to Financial Statements 21
Deferred Compensation In 2005, after 22 years of employment, The Fellowship’s Board of Directors established a retirement plan (non-qualified deferred-compensation plan) for its president, with a benefit to his beneficiary in the case of his death. Originally, this retirement plan was set up to vest in January 2017. However, during 2015, the President exercised his option to defer the vesting date of the pension to 2022. The Fellowship has been fully funding the future liability. The President passed away in February 2019. Under the agreement, in the case of death, the President’s beneficiary is to receive fixed monthly payments for 10 years. As of December 31, 2018 and 2017, $3,543,853 and $3,468,902, respectively, has been accrued as a liability on the consolidated statements of financial position. The Fellowship funds the expected liability on a monthly basis into a Rabbi Trust for the benefit of the President. As of December 31, 2018, the Rabbi Trust held investments of $4,508,688. The Amutah has a deferred compensation agreement with a former employee. Under the agreement, the Amutah is required to make fixed monthly payments for the remainder of the former employee’s life. The estimate of the present value of the deferred-compensation liability totaled $56,297 and $69,452 at December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively.
International Fellowship of Christians and Jews
The 1/3 of a million dollars is just his cash salary. When u add up the total benefits & investnents paid its over a million. Every employee of this non profit has a base salary of a quarter million or more. Sorry I believe in supporting the Jews but IFCJ is to rich for my blood...
Review from Guidestar
you guys are full of it, so Israel killing Palestinians everyday and living in their land taking their homes just like Americans screwed natives that's why you wanna support them, be real for God sake, you are supporting terror but I guess that's not a news for you people, to hell all
After hearing all the rumors about this organization I took it on myself to contact the Israeli government to ask them about how the IFCJ were helping the Jewish people and I was told that if not for the IFCJ they would not be able to help as many Jews to migrate to Israel and that the IFCJ plays a major part in doing so. It is so easy to criticize others who are doing, in order to try and justify sitting on the stool of do nothing. So all of you with doubts, before you commit murder with your tongue do what I did, send an email directly and ask the government how the IFCJ are helping.
Review from Guidestar
The good rabbi tells us about the poor ladies that can't afford their most needed meds; yet he never mentions the fact that the state of Israel has socialized medicine, and is one of the best medical care giving countries in the world. I'm skeptical of the whole organization (IFCJ).
Rabbi ECKSTEIN is doing everything he can to help the Jewish people. Obama is no help, he wants to divide the nation of Israel. GOD gave the land to the Jews and if we don't stand with Israel GOD will not bless American. The Jews are GOD choosy people. And I myself stand with ISRAEL. MAY GOD BLESS JERUSALEM
Read your bible people.vikki
i believe that the rabbi is what other people say he is a corporate blood sucker who makes more on taxes than my mother does in a year. i bet that most of the money doesn't even go to the food packages for the needy holocaust Jews in the former soviet union. he needs to be stopped this charity is just a scam!!
Bummer! Salaries are far too high. When you remember that all of the Rabbi's expenses (and those of at least his senior staff) are invoiced/per diemed/reimbursed, this bunch is living mighty high on the hog.
Everything I read and hear about this charity is good, BUT I am choking over Rabbi Eckstein's salary! $324,000 for the year!! What the dickens is that about? In my mind, anything over $100,000 for any employee of any charity--top dog or not--is inappropriate. I have no doubt that all of Rabbi Eckstein's charity related expenses are paid, so the 324,000 dollars goes directly into his pocket. At least $225,000 of that belongs in the hands of Israel's needy. I am really struggling to continue giving money to this charity since I am a retiree living on about $45,000 per year. I don't begrudge him a good lifestyle, but from my vantage point it seems that that can be achieved on $100, 000/yr if all your work related expenses are paid.
Review from CharityNavigator
I live in Israel, now 7 years. At first, the "good" Rabbi's ads on the radio seem a little strange. He asks for donations here in Isarel. He also does show where the money goes and tells stories about how his charity works. All that is normal for non-profits. BUT! He is giving to many Israelis which are below the poverty line. He gives to children and to mothers that can't figure out how to "end the month" (that's a sad Israeli term). There are poor in Israel and there are many who are not supported by the state. Israel, dispite the image it has in the US is not a rich country. Israel also has a great deal of economic inequality.
To be a balanced Christian and to want the most out of your giving you must never forget Israel. I give to cover all my basis with God. I am privileged to give to a man who touches the poor and hasn't forgotten the elderly. He goes in and loves the very ones God loves. How many have we fed this month. I am proud to say I have been a part of something great, because this man is doing great things. He hears from God and is deserving of his pay check. No one complains about an athlete making $10 million dollars a year throwing a ball around, but if a man of God makes an income and raises money in doing so he is put down. Every man should be paid is wages. This man raises over 100 million a year and touches thousands of lives with the love of God. Blessings and honor Amen!
According to CharityWatch the rabbi's salary is $1.2 million almost triple the amounts cited on this thread. http://www.charitywatch.org/hottopics/Top25.html
Who would give this???? What are you just stupid??? Whats wrong with you???
To me it is strange that a group of people with relatives in the US that vote for an extremely high democratic ticket, have continuous ads for $25 food baskets on conservative tv news stations such as fox.
I have been giving to this organization for many years.one of the reasons that I support this group is because John Hagee supports it.I am sure he checked it out before he gave.I would like to know how much money actually goes to the Jews.I support the wings of eagles program.
In terms of personal wealth, Israel and it's citiziens are more than capable of feeding their own, and for any "christian" charity to beg Americans to send Israel money when there is such overwhelming need in the United States already is laughable.
I can assure you Jesus Christ does not know this organization.
If you want to donate to Israel, donate through your local Jewish Federation or Jewish, Friends of the IDF , Magen David Adom, Israel's emergency medical response agency AFMDA .
There are a lot of legitimate organizations for donating to Israel.
Thank you for supporting Israel in this difficult time.
Spending millions on advertising with video of pathetic Jews getting food boxes from Israeli army begs the question: Who are these people and why don't the people of Israel take better care of themselves and their fellow citizens? I am quite certain they don't get invited to dinner with the fancy overpaid
Rabbi that is picking your pockets to fill his!
We took in my mom and at first, we amused her with her charitable giving. We were, however, concerned with the amount of mail (3-4) times a week she would get from these people. They would send cards of families she helped (but seriously, how hard is it to fake that?) and lots of impassioned letters pleading for money. It was not until my husband did her taxes and found she gave away half her savings to them that we called a halt to it and demanded she is taken off the mailing list. I am disgusted on how she was relentlessly asked for donations, taking advantage of her good heart. Upon extensive web research I am also disgusted at what the head makes. Yes, he makes over $400,000 a year, but that is in take-home. He also tucks away $600,000 a year for his retirement. What kind of person takes that much money for retirement and what kind of life does he lead that he needs that much? Ridiculous!
I think if this organization was run better and did not waste 60% of the dollar on admin, advertising, wages, etc. with maybe around 40% actually going towards helping the Jewish people, it would be worth giving to. I would recommend steering clear of this charity and doing your homework to find one worthy of your hard-earned dollars.