Forbes Magazine recently ranked the 200 top Charities in the US (as of Dec. 31st, 2006). Twelve Jewish charities made the cut and most were at, or well above average in terms of Fundraising Efficiency (the cut of gifts left after subtracting the cost of getting them).
|Name||Private Support ($mil)||Net Assets ($mil)||Fundraising Efficiency (%)|
|UJA/Federation of New York||196||908||85|
|Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Org of America||116||675||93|
|Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit||70||501||95|
|Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago||120||463||90|
|Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco||63||456||94|
|Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland||74||372||91|
|American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee||234||347||99|
|Combined Jewish Philanthrophies (Boston)||88||331||94|
|Greater Miami Jewish Federation||48||145||91|
|PEF Israel Endowment Fund||65||134||100|
|American Jewish Committee||58||110||91|
|Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith||69||21||88|
Do note that academic institutions, private and community foundations and religious entities are not included on this list. You’ll have to go elsewhere for the dish on them. You might want to try some of the philanthropy related blogs that have popped up like the eJewish Philanthropy blog or The New Jew but don’t expect any dirt there. Nothing on wasteful expenditures, cronyism, mismanagement and outright lechery within the hallowed halls of our top philanthropic institutions. Because of course, none of that ever happens.