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JNF Gets Top Rating From Independent Charity Evaluator

January 3, 2007 -- Jewish National Fund has achieved a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s premier independent charity evaluator, earning it the top rating from this company.

JNF also meets all of the 23 non-profit requirements of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) as well as the Standards of Practice for Jewish Organizations of Tzedekah, Inc. JNF proudly displays BBB’s seal on its website and printed materials because it has met all of the non-profit standards of accountability often used as a barometer by independent watchdog groups.

"BBB performs an intense review of non-profit organizations and the rigid standards are not easy to meet," said Mitchel Rosenzweig, JNF's Chief Financial Officer. "That includes governance, management , representation, and transparency. Now, Charity Navigator's 4-star rating on top of that puts us in an elite class." 

“I am greatly pleased to report that Charity Navigator gave JNF its top rating,” said Art Silber, JNF's lay treasurer. “This complements the Better Business Bureau’s seal of approval that already graces all our materials and declares this organization to be well-run and dependable.

“I am always proud to be a part of JNF’s work in caring for the land and people of Israel, and seeing our work in Israel is testament to the sweat equity we put in here. Achieving these high ratings bolsters that pride and reinforces what I’ve always said about this organization: that its passion for its job doesn’t get in the way of its responsibility to its donors. We have a lot to do -- a desert to develop, a northern region to rejuvenate, reservoirs to build -- and if this helps us do it, then all the better.

"These evaluators have recognized what I always knew," he said. "That a donor can designate his dollars and then go to Israel and see how his monies were spent."

“We work hard here at JNF to meet the high standards that our donors deserve,” he continued.  “We have always prided ourselves on this but it’s nice to be rewarded for it, especially by such reputable and important players in the business.”

“Good charities should be run like good businesses,” said Ronald Lauder, President of JNF of America. “They need to be accountable to their donors by operating in the sunshine and according to Jewish ethics.”

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Jewish National Fund is a non-profit organization founded in 1901 to serve as caretaker of the land of Israel, on behalf of its owners—Jewish people everywhere. Over the past century, JNF has planted over 240 million trees, built over 180 reservoirs and dams, developed over 250,000 acres of land, created more than 1,000 parks, provided the infrastructure for 1,000 communities and educated students around the world about Israel and the environment. Today, JNF is restoring northern Israel, making it home again to its residents, and is putting its century of experience to work with Blueprint Negev, supporting Israel’s newest generation of pioneers in developing the Negev Desert, Israel’s last frontier.  For more information on JNF or to plant trees in Israel, call 800-542-TREE (8733) or visit  To contact your local office, please call 888-JNF-0099 or visit


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