Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Yivo Institute For Jewish Research, Inc.

aka YIVO

New York, NY

Mission

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research is dedicated to the preservation and study of the history and culture of East European Jewry worldwide. For nearly a century, YIVO has pioneered new forms of Jewish scholarship, research, education, and cultural expression. Our public programs and exhibitions, as well as online and on-site courses, extend our global outreach and enable us to share our vast resources. The YIVO Archives contains more than 23 million original items and YIVO’s Library has over 400,000 volumes—the single largest resource for such study in the world.

Ruling Year

1957

Executive Director

Mr. Jonathan Brent

Main Address

15 West 16th St

New York, NY 10011 USA

Keywords

Yiddish programming, Jewish programming, library, Jewish research, education, history, archives, cultural institution

EIN

13-1641082

 Number

4996280859

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (A05)

Jewish (X30)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

YIVO is tasked not only with protecting and preserving the largest and most comprehensive collection of materials saved from Eastern European Jewish civilization - some 23 million documents chronicling the 1,000 year story of the Jewish people in Europe- but also with transmitting the richness it contains, and inspiring future generations to continue its story to not only scholars, but to the worldwide audiences as well. YIVO is a way into securing the future by linking past and present. John Steinbeck once asked, quoting the Talmud: “How will our children know who they are, if they don’t know where they came from?” YIVO aims to answer this question, preserving the interconnectedness of Jewish people across globe and across time.

Our programs

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YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

Where we work

Our Results

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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Increasing

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Increasing

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

To elevate Jewish historical consciousness and build community identity by documenting, preserving and perpetuating the legacy of East European and Russian Jewish culture globally by: Ensuring the survival and accessibility of the historical records of Jewish civilization in Eastern Europe for future generations; Providing unique and invaluable resources for general, Jewish, and Holocaust education; Digitizing millions of documents from 1,000 years of Jewish history; Maintaining its team of outstanding teachers and scholars; Funding scholarships for students around the globe to study at YIVO; Providing research fellowships for scholars and experts in the field of Jewish studies; and Developing innovative new course materials, online resources, exhibitions and programs.

Archival and library preservation and public access projects; public outreach and community building; education; public programs; publishing; promoting research and scholarship; exhibitions and online courses and other resources; partnerships and scholarly exchange with other institutions in the U.S. and abroad.

YIVO has an annual operating budget of $3.5 million and a full-time staff of 38 professionals. Founded in Vilna, Poland, in 1925, YIVO amassed the largest collection of materials on East European and Russian Jewish life in the world. Today, as the largest surviving repository of European Jewish material culture in the world, YIVO is regarded as the epicenter of East European and Russian Jewish scholarship and education. YIVO has redesigned and upgraded its website, created an online archive and library, and has developed an online educational program to reach a global constituency. Funding for such programs has grown significantly over the past 5 years and today YIVO devotes over 70% of annual revenues to programs.

Fulfillment on deadline of major new projects, growth in educational programs, increase in patron usage; increased membership; patron support (major gifts); increase in media attention and statistics for social media. All these categories of support and activity have dramatically increased over the last 5 years

Over the past 5 years, YIVO has balanced its budget and significantly increased funding for programs (see above); in 2015, YIVO initiated the largest digitization project in its history—the 7-year, $7.0 million project to preserve and digitize YIVO's prewar archives and library, known as the Vilna Collection; In the last four years, YIVO has raised $5.9 of the $7.0 million dollars ahead of schedule; YIVO is now a partner with institutions in Israel, Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Bard College, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and numerous other institutions in the U.S.; YIVO has expanded and renewed its board of trustees and continues to search for resources to expand operations globally and at the same time to reach its full potential in the U.S.

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Affiliations & Memberships

Smithsonian Affiliate 2005

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Financials

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

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Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

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Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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Yes

Organizational Demographics

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