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JNF Stands Alone at the Top of Charity Watchdog World


October 27, 2008 -- New York -- The Better Business Bureau (BBB) just released its listing of seal holder charities that meet its 20 rigorous BBB Wise Giving Alliance Standards. Only three Jewish organizations made the list. Jewish National Fund (JNF) was one of them.


Of those three Jewish organizations only two are listed by American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP). JNF is one of them but only JNF is top-rated.


Of those two organizations, only one earned four stars from another charity watchdog, Charity Navigator. That organization is JNF.


“As an educated donor it is always important to not only know as much as you can about the organizations to which you give money, but to know those organizations are lean so that your money goes to the mission and not to the man,” said Art Silber, JNF’s national treasurer. “We work hard here at JNF to meet the very high standards our donors deserve and we are gratified that it is recognized by those in the field, especially by such reputable and important players in the business.”


"JNF never loses sight of what the money we’re raising is for,” said JNF President Stanley Chesley. “To meet such strict standards time and again and by multiple charity watchdogs says we’re doing it right and should set people’s minds at ease especially in these uncertain economic times.”


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Jewish National Fund (JNF) began in 1901 collecting coins in blue boxes to purchase land and return the Jewish people to their homeland. In over 106 years, JNF has evolved into a global environmental leader and become the central address for the land and people of Israel.  JNF has planted 240 million trees. Built over 1,000 parks and recreational areas. Constructed security roads. Educated students around the world about Israel. Created new communities so that Jews from around the world would have a place to call home.  Discovered drip irrigation and new means of growing plants under arid conditions, bringing green to the desert. Built over 200 reservoirs and water recycling centers, increasing Israel’s water supply by 10%.


As a United Nations NGO, JNF sponsors international conferences on desertification, shares afforestation techniques and funds research on arid land management. Is restoring northern Israel, making it home again to its residents. Is supporting Israel’s newest generation of pioneers by developing the Negev Desert, Israel’s last frontier.  For more information on JNF, call 888-JNF-0099 or visit  JNF is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.



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