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Yivo Institute For Jewish Research, Inc.

aka YIVO   |   New York, NY   |  www.yivo.org

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 info

1957

Executive Director

Mr. Jonathan Brent

Main address

15 West 16th St

New York, NY 10011 USA

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EIN

13-1641082

NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (A05)

Jewish (X30)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

1) Library & Archives (Collections of Judaica) - service to students, researchers, and general public in connection with related work in the field of Jewish History, Culture and genealogy. 2) Online YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe - The definitive historical and cultural reference work covering over a thousand years up to the present time. 3) Education & Research (Max Weinreich Center) - providing Yiddish language instruction and conducting research on the Eastern European Jewish Experience. Also granting of scholarships to study Jewish Culture, Language, and History. 4) EPYC-Educational Program on Yiddish Culture - developing a comprehensive high school level curriculum to teach the culture of history of Eastern European Jewry. 5) The success of lectures, conferences, films, symposia on varied subjects of Jewish history that reach a broad public is measured by media exposure, audience turnout, and membership increase.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Smithsonian Affiliate 2005

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of classes offered

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Due to COVID, we moved all courses online in 2020, and were able to increase the number of classes without physical space being an issue.

Total number of free admissions

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Due to COVID, public programming was moved online and offered free of charge. In 2022, we offered a few in-person programs free-of-charge.

Number of students registered for on site courses

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

For the first time since COVID, YIVO offered a dual track for our signature summer program - 45 people returned to in-person, and 40 participated online. Fall, Winter, and spring remained online.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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.

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 $6.0 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.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Yivo Institute For Jewish Research, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 05/08/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ruth Levine


Board co-chair

Irene Pletka

Leo Melamed

Bruce Slovin

Chava Lapin

Jacob Morowitz

Ruth Levine

Martin Flumenbaum

Lisa New

Irene Pletka

Edward Blank

Ilya Prizel

Jon Richmond

Harry Wagner

Eric Rubin

Meryl Frank

Deborah Veach

Warren Stern

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/8/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data