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Friends of the Israel Defense Forces

CharityWatch report issued
March 2018

Top-Rated Charity
A-
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
 
74%
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
 
$10
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces
60 East 42nd Street
Suite 1820
New York, NY 10165

Other Names

Friends of the IDF

Tax Status

501(c)3

Website

www.fidf.org

Stated Mission

To offer educational, cultural, recreational, social services, programs, and facilities that provide hope, purpose, and life-changing support for the soldiers who protect Israel and Jews worldwide.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2016

Program Percentage: 74%

The percentage of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).

$78,000,000

Calculated Total Expenses

(rounded)

 

Cost to Raise $100: $10

How many dollars Friends of the Israel Defense Forces spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.

$104,000,000

Calculated Total Contributions

(rounded)

Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources

 

Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Audited Financial Statements 13-3156445
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces IRS Form 990 13-3156445
Entity: Friends of the Israel Defense Forces
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 13-3156445
Entity: Friends of the Israel Defense Forces
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 13-3156445

Governance & Transparency

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Friends of the Israel Defense Forces
meets governance benchmarks.
 
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces
meets transparency benchmarks.
Transparency
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy No Sharing  

  Name Title Compensation
1 Meir Klifi-Amir National Director/CEO $918,677
2 Ron Aloni CFO $334,426
3 Miri Nash Executive Director $302,052
1
Name: Meir Klifi-Amir
Title: National Director/CEO
Compensation: $918,677
2
Name: Ron Aloni
Title: CFO
Compensation: $334,426
3
Name: Miri Nash
Title: Executive Director
Compensation: $302,052

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.
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).

[Note: CharityWatch generally excludes the value of in-kind (non-cash) donations of goods and services from its calculations of Program % and Cost to Raise $100. More information on how grades are calculated and the treatment of in-kind donations can be found on the Our Process page.]
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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