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Charity Navigator Says that JNF Outperforms Most Charities in America

November 8, 2007 -- New York, NY -- Charity Navigator, America’s premier independent charity evaluator, has bestowed its second consecutive 4-star rating on Jewish National Fund (JNF) for the organization’s sound fiscal management. This catapults JNF into an elite group of charities throughout America.

“Only 15% of the charities we’ve rated have received at least two consecutive 4-star evaluations,” wrote Charity Navigator’s president, Trent Stamp, in a letter to JNF’s management. “This indicates that Jewish National Fund, United States, outperforms most charities in America in its efforts to operate the most fiscally responsible way possible. This exceptional designation differentiates JNF, U.S. from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.”

JNF also meets all of the 20 standards of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance (BBB), and also meets the Standards of Practice for Jewish Organizations of Tzedekah, Inc.

“We work hard here at JNF to meet the very high standards our donors deserve,” said Art Silber, JNF’s treasurer, “and we are gratified that it is recognized by those in the field, especially by such reputable and important players in the business. This rating is a result of our stellar business management, quarterly reviews, resource management, and follow-through on our donors’ directed dollars. I take my position seriously and travel to Israel frequently to ensure that we are doing what we need to do."

“I have just come back from a trip to Israel,” said Stanley M. Chesley, JNF’s president, “and I can tell you that JNF never loses sight of what the money they’re raising is for. In Israel you can see first hand how we are making an impact, how we are making a difference, a real difference to the land and the people. This 4-star rating tells the world that we are doing it right. Art Silber and the JNF professionals are to be commended for their commitment.

"I have also selected Fred S. Zeidman, chairman of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, as our audit chairman. His input will further fine-tune our business model."


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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 190 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 http://www.jnf.org/. JNF is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.

Captions:
Top: Art Silber, JNF treasurer

Middle: Stanley M. Chesley, JNF president
Bottom: Fred S. Zeidman, JNF Audit chair

 

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