Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life

aka Hillel International   |   Washington, DC   |  http://www.hillel.org

Mission

Our Mission: Enriching the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. Our Vision: We envision a world where every student is inspired to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel.

Ruling year info

1993

President and CEO

Adam Lehman

Main address

800 Eighth Street, NW

Washington, DC 20001 USA

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EIN

52-1844823

NTEE code info

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Jewish (X30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Hillel is in the business of building Jewish life on campus and helping Jewish students assume their place as leaders in the community. For students, most of whom are living independently for the first time and many of whom have little or no background in Jewish life, Hillel plays an indispensable role in developing a Jewish identity and connection to the community. While there are other campus organizations seeking to engage Jewish students, Hillel has the greatest reach, engages the most students, and is the only pluralistic Jewish organization on campus today. Hillel understands how to create a robust landscape of inclusion for Jews of diverse backgrounds, meeting Millennials and the following generation, Gen Z, where they are. Hillel’s vision is to inspire every Jewish student to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel.

Our programs

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

[email protected]

[email protected] builds on the campus experience by connecting college students to unrivaled content, community and Jewish life on a global scale.

[email protected]: In response to the pandemic and universities around the world shutting down on-campus activities, Hillel International created [email protected] to ensure that the Hillel movement could continue to provide high-value virtual Jewish learning and community life to students wherever they were based, and to help them explore new ideas and new places during this period of disruption and isolation. [email protected] provides a space for students to engage in virtual opportunities that meet their needs. Participation includes attending workshops on everything from art, to meditation, to studying torah to baking. [email protected] has had 115,000 unique visitors since April 2020.

https://welcome.hillel.org/hillelathome/

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Hillel understands that simple participation for students is not the goal. Rather, as Hillel’s vision statement makes clear, the real goal of Hillel’s work is to inspire every Jewish student to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel. We focus on student outcomes—the behaviors, feelings, and beliefs we want to see from students as a result of Hillel’s work. Jewish students engaged by Hillel will:
-developing a Jewish social network,
-seeing the “centrality of the J” in their life,
-building a relationship with Israel, the Jewish homeland, and
-increasing participation in Jewish culture and learning.

In 2014, under Eric Fingerhut's leadership, Hillel developed The Drive to Excellence, a Strategic Implementation Plan that defines the elements of an excellent Hillel and details how the Schusterman International Center can support the efforts in the field to reach excellence. By working with our campus Hillels to attain excellence in five key areas: a talented executive director, Jewish education vision and plan, student engagement and leadership, Israel engagement, and organizational capacity, we believe we will drive student outcomes—the behaviors, feelings, and beliefs we hope to see from college students engaged by Hillel.

As the largest Jewish campus organization, with a network of more than 550 campuses and serving over half a million students, Hillel has the unique opportunity to engage the next generation of students at a time when they are exploring and defining who they will be in the world. Serving the largest concentration of members of the Jewish community and being built into the fabric of college campuses, Hillel is positioned to engage, steward, and train the next generation so they are inspired and equipped to take their place in the Jewish community.

Our work in talent, engagement, and resource development fortify the work of campus Hillels in delivering the most meaningful experience for Jewish students. In 2017 we updated our definition of excellence, refining the outputs to better correlate with outcomes, and setting a target for “impact” based on the student outcome survey. Excellent Hillels will engage: 70% of students have had 1+ interaction with Hillel (“Breadth”), 30% of students have 6+ interactions with Hillel or a high impact experience (“Depth”), A new measure of excellence we call “impact” is drawn from one of two measures on the student outcomes survey. After controlling for the students’ Jewish background and knowledge coming into college, we seek to achieve a 25% l“Hillel Effect”, meaning that Hillel is responsible for 25% of the impact on the student. Hillel has set movement wide goals by 2020 of engaging 140,000 students and 50 campuses reaching excellence in depth and breadth.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life

Board of directors
as of 2/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Skip Vichness

Senior partner in the management company, Quality Camping Properties, Inc. and President of GreyPine, LLC.

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No