Jewish Journal


December 12, 2011

ADL, AJC reportedly suffering major drops in donations


The Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee reportedly have suffered steep declines in contributions over the past five years.

According to the Forward, the two prominent American Jewish groups each lost more than $20 million in annual contributions from 2006 to 2010.

During that period, contributions to the ADL fell to $51 million in 2010 from $73 million in 2006. The AJC brought in $38 million in 2010 after having raised $62 million in 2006.

Also, IRS records show that the ADL has cut more than 100 employees between 2008 and 2010, from 528 to 427, the Forward reported. In the same period, National Director Abraham Foxman’s salary has risen from $563,024 to $624,470.

The decline, according to the report, is based on the depressed economic climate coupled with a shift to support from young Jewish philanthropists for single-issue groups that have proliferated over the past decade.

Pro-Israel groups such as AIPAC, J Street, The Israel Project and StandWithUs, as well as charities such as the American Jewish World Service, have seen significant jumps in contributions.

“There are organizations that have been created to take single elements of what the American Jewish organizations have been doing all along,” Foxman told the Forward. “The pie hasn’t gotten bigger, but the slicing has increased.”

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