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Birthright Israel Foundation

aka Birthright Israel Foundation   |   New York, NY   |  https://birthrightisrael.foundation

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Birthright Israel Foundation

EIN: 13-4092050


Mission

Birthright Israel seeks to ensure that every eligible young Jewish adult around the world, especially the less connected, is given the opportunity to visit Israel on this educational journey. Birthright Israel Foundation raises funds in the United States to support Birthright Israel. The Birthright Israel program aims to give the gift of an educational trip to Israel to thousands of young Jewish adults each year.

Ruling year info

2001

President & CEO

Mr. Elias Saratovsky

Main address

P.​O. B​ox 21615

New York, NY 10087 USA

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EIN

13-4092050

Subject area info

Judaism

Religion for youth

International exchange

Population served info

Children and youth

Jewish people

NTEE code info

Jewish (X30)

Religious Leadership, Youth Development (O55)

Jewish (X30)

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Our programs

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Birthright Israel

Birthright Israel aims to ensure a vibrant future of the Jewish people by strengthening Jewish identity, Jewish communities and connections with Israel.

Birthright Israel began with a bold idea — offer the gift of a life-changing trip to Israel to young Jewish adults between the ages of 18 and 26 — and in doing so, transform the Jewish future. Founded in 1999 by a remarkable group of committed Jewish philanthropists, Birthright Israel Foundation has given this gift to more than 800,000 young Jewish adults.

Population(s) Served
Jewish people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Birthright Israel

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of free participants on field trips

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Jewish people

Related Program

Birthright Israel

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Represents number of trips worldwide.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

Birthright Israel is the leading educational program for Jewish young adults worldwide with unmatched reach and impact. Birthright Israel is a strategic asset to the future of the Jewish people. The program began in 1999 as an educational intervention for diaspora Jewry and today Birthright Israel is a rite of passage for young Jewish adults from around the world. Our goal is to strengthen the Jewish people by building identity and connection through a peer-group educational experience in Israel. At the core of this vision is the commitment to provide every eligible young Jewish adult with this life-changing experience.

Now more than ever we must be able to offer every eligible Jewish young adult the gift of Birthright Israel. The world has changed significantly since the program's inception, and new challenges in our work with young Jewish adults have emerged. Birthright Israel is ready to address these challenges head-on.
Birthright Israel's unique pedagogical approach and carefully crafted peer experience continue to be our core strategy to achieve our mission. Intrinsic to our success is our understanding that professional training is as critical as the journey itself. Tour educators are called on to facilitate thoughtful and respectful discussions on difficult matters. Such dialogue requires an environment that is both safe and ensures the rights and responsibilities of all who participate.
The opportunities for meaningful discussion created on a Birthright Israel Journey are critical for reaching our younger generation. Each participant is the centerpiece of Birthright Israel's educational framework as we endeavor to engage every individual in meaningful conversations about Jewish concepts, values, and Israel.

We are committed to ensuring that the Birthright Israel Foundation continues to increase our brand awareness and fundraising footprint across the United States to allow us to provide the incredible gift of Birthright Israel to even more participants each year. The unique "no strings attached" nature of the program makes Birthright Israel a low-barrier entry point into further Jewish communal engagement and additional Israel experiences.
Additionally, we are building a leadership pipeline that includes young alumni, a network of regional leadership councils across the country, and our national board. This leadership community are key partners in engaging and soliciting major donors and prospects.

In January of 2022, Birthright Israel Foundation welcomed new leadership as Philip de Toledo became the new Board Chair, with Lori Komisar and Douglas M. Ross joining the Board's Executive Committee as Vice Chairs. Their leadership allows for the growth of our staff and to continue our donor centric model. Special events and parlor meetings have been held throughout the United States, utilizing our alumni speakers bureau to strengthen Birthright Israel Foundation's case for support and showcase Birthright Israel's impact. To achieve greater visibility and forge partnerships, we participate in non-fundraising conferences and gatherings to collaborate with the larger Jewish community and participate on panels and in discussions on topics facing the Jewish world today.

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
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Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

2.55

Average of 11.51 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

3.6

Average of 6.3 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

19%

Average of 19% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Birthright Israel Foundation

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Birthright Israel Foundation’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$2,921,232 $3,101,038 $30,896,530 $19,211,720 -$33,443,997
As % of expenses -3.0% 3.3% 83.0% 57.2% -30.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$3,150,023 $2,853,621 $30,661,314 $19,000,268 -$33,651,386
As % of expenses -3.3% 3.0% 81.8% 56.2% -30.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $121,102,946 $98,977,700 $62,541,873 $44,527,782 $72,026,353
Total revenue, % change over prior year 25.0% -18.3% -36.8% -28.8% 61.8%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.2% 0.4% 0.2% 0.3% 0.3%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 99.8% 99.6% 99.9% 99.7% 99.7%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $95,993,084 $93,748,948 $37,238,300 $33,586,675 $110,489,174
Total expenses, % change over prior year 2.5% -2.3% -60.3% -9.8% 229.0%
Personnel 9.3% 10.9% 25.3% 27.5% 8.6%
Professional fees 4.2% 3.7% 6.9% 8.5% 3.2%
Occupancy 1.0% 0.8% 2.9% 3.2% 0.9%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 83.3% 82.0% 61.1% 46.6% 85.1%
All other expenses 2.2% 2.6% 3.7% 14.2% 2.1%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $96,221,875 $93,996,365 $37,473,516 $33,798,127 $110,696,563
One month of savings $7,999,424 $7,812,412 $3,103,192 $2,798,890 $9,207,431
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $1,523,976 $288,589 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $105,745,275 $102,097,366 $40,576,708 $36,597,017 $119,903,994

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.4 2.4 16.0 23.5 3.6
Months of cash and investments 2.5 2.6 16.6 25.7 4.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.7 2.1 15.2 23.7 3.6
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $18,869,677 $18,826,472 $49,557,552 $65,750,698 $32,844,202
Investments $974,503 $1,485,844 $2,061,827 $6,310,649 $5,840,479
Receivables $39,349,129 $41,973,000 $32,990,161 $23,426,723 $16,507,861
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $1,820,354 $2,108,943 $2,133,591 $2,144,645 $1,859,752
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 13.8% 23.6% 34.4% 44.1% 44.4%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 6.5% 3.2% 2.4% 2.2% 21.9%
Unrestricted net assets $15,092,391 $17,946,012 $48,607,326 $67,607,594 $33,956,208
Temporarily restricted net assets $41,100,569 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $1,000,000 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $42,100,569 $44,473,000 $36,138,839 $27,454,749 $20,254,851
Total net assets $57,192,960 $62,419,012 $84,746,165 $95,062,343 $54,211,059

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
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President & CEO

Mr. Elias Saratovsky

As an alumnus of the program’s inaugural trip in December 1999, Elias understands firsthand the transformational power of Birthright Israel and attributes his career in the Jewish and Israel space to his experience on the trip. Prior to joining Birthright Israel Foundation, Elias spent over 20 years in a variety of senior leadership roles at AIPAC. Elias previously served as Pacific Northwest Political Director at AIPAC’s SF office before becoming Director of AIPAC’s Southwest Region, based in Houston, where he managed a portfolio of 7 states and 64 congressional districts. Most recently, Elias served as AIPAC’s National Director for Regional Affairs in D.C., where he oversaw the organization’s 9 regional offices and worked with his colleagues to maximize the national development campaign through strengthening donor engagement and expanding stewardship efforts across the country. Elias is a native of Brooklyn, NY. He currently lives in Bethesda, MD with his wife and three children.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Birthright Israel Foundation

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Highest paid employees

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Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
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Board chair

Mr. Philip de Toledo

Community Volunteer

Term: 2022 -

Douglas M. Ross

Community Volunteer

Lori Komisar

Community Volunteer

David Shapira

Community Volunteer

Lawrence J. Cohen

Community Volunteer

Robert A. Clarfeld

Community Volunteer

Joel Greenberg

Community Volunteer

John Hoover

Community Volunteer

Harry Krakowski

Community Volunteer

Michael Rashes

Community Volunteer

Avery Rosin

Community Volunteer

Barry Swidler

Community Volunteer

Mindy Schneider

Community Volunteer

Judy Goodman

Community Volunteer

David Barse

Community Volunteer

Scott Jaffee

Community Volunteer

Russ Robinson

Community Volunteer

Philip de Toledo

Community Volunteer

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/27/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Contractors

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Professional fundraisers

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SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

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