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.


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