CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.

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According to the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) 2016 tax filing, FIDF reports receiving donated services and use of facilities in 2016 on which it placed a value of $665,130 (IRS Form 990, Schedule D, Part XI). FIDF also reports receiving donated in-kind auction items for special events in 2016 on which it placed a value of $335,754 (IRS Form 990, Schedule M).

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According to the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) audit of December 31, 2016 (Note 2, Contributions):

"For the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, approximately 32% and 22%, respectively, of contribution revenues were provided by five donors."
According to the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) audit of December 31, 2016 (Note 13, Contingencies):

"In March 2016 an action was brought by certain Palestinians against FIDF, certain of its donors, and numerous other parties, in the United States District Court in the District of Columbia.

"The action seeks damages in excess of $34.5 billion and alleges, among other things, civil conspiracy, war crimes, trespass, and pillage.

"FIDF believes this action is totally without merit and intends to defend the claim vigorously."
According to the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) audit of December 31, 2016 (Note 1, Purpose of Organization, Construction Programs):

"FIDF helps provide a 'home away from home' by sponsoring the construction, refurbishment and maintenance of recreation and sports centers, cultural and educational facilities, synagogues, memorial rooms, auditoriums, and soldier recreational homes for soldiers throughout Israel. These facilities range from individual structures to large wellbeing [sic] complexes. ...Construction activity during 2016 was as follows: 8 construction projects were completed, with a total budget of approximately $23.5 million, 8 additional projects were under construction, with a total budget of approximately $5.1 million, and 7 projects were in the design and bidding stage, with a total budget of approximately $23.8 million..."
According to the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) 2016 tax filing re: supplemental information for compensation, FIDF reports (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part III):

"Bonuses are paid based on successful completion of individual/regional/organizational wide strategic and operational goals or based on taking on additional responsibilities or roles. All non-fixed payments have been included in [the Form 990] compensation reporting."


The FIDF officers, directors, trustees, key employees, and highest compensated employees paid greater than $150,000 in 2016 that have reported "bonus & incentive compensation" amounts are (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II):

(1) Meir Klifi-Amir, National Director & CEO -- $300,000 bonus & incentive and $918,677 total compensation;
(2) Ron Aloni, Chief Financial Officer -- $10,000 bonus & incentive and $334,426 total compensation;
(3) Lilach Ohad, Chief Operating Officer -- $10,000 bonus & incentive and $223,530 total compensation;
(4) Miri Nash, Executive Director -- $75,000 bonus & incentive and $302,052 total compensation;
(5) Lilach Asofsky, VP of Marketing -- $8,000 bonus & incentive and $230,692 total compensation;
(6) Dina Ben Ari, Executive Director -- $12,000 bonus & incentive and $198,741 total compensation;
(7) Tamir Oppenheim, Executive Director -- $9,000 bonus & incentive and $207,904 total compensation;
(8) Avraham Rosen, Director of Information Technology -- $10,000 bonus & incentive and $163,570 total compensation; and
(9) Lior Zommer, Director of Special Events -- $10,000 bonus & incentive and $172,166 total compensation.

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