United Israel Appeal of Canada

4600 Bathurst Street, Suite 421
Toronto, ON M2R3V3
President & CEO: Steven Shulman
Board Chair: Ariella Rohringer

Charitable Reg. #:13459 3391 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 2/5]


Audited financial statements available only through official request for information from Charities Directorate.



Grade based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 92 cents are available for programs.

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About United Israel Appeal of Canada:

United Israel Appeal of Canada is a 2-star charity with a below-average results reporting score. It is not financially transparent and has overhead costs within Ci's reasonable range.

Founded in 1967, United Israel Appeal of Canada (UIA) promotes Jewish interests, identity, and philanthropy. UIA’s programs in Israel are focused on education, healthcare, and innovation. It also provides humanitarian aid and funds development projects. The charity runs projects in Canada to reinforce Jewish identity, support Jewish people, and politically advocate for Jewish interests. 

United Israel Appeal of Canada owns land in Israel for its overseas projects. Its audited financial statements show a value of $1 for these properties, while they are reported at a value of $134 million on UIA’s F2021 T3010 filing.  

In F2019, UIA reported helping 55,000 Jews in 70 countries through its partner, JDC and running humanitarian projects for Jews in Venezuela. 

UIA runs the Birthright program, which gives young Jewish Canadians a free guided trip to Israel. The goal is to help the international Jewish community feel a connection to Israel, Jewish history, and Jewish culture. UIA also promotes Jewish culture through micro-grants for cultural projects in small Canadian communities. The Alex Dworkin Canadian Jewish Archives collect and preserve Jewish historical records. In F2019, UIA reported that these archives answered 1,000 queries, an increase over previous years. 

The data used above reflects United Israel Appeal of Canada’s most recent 2019 Annual Report, while the financial analysis below reflects F2021 financial information.

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Results and Impact

Charity Intelligence did not find any quantified outcomes on United Israel Appeal of Canada's website. This may not be a complete representation of UIA’s results and impact.

This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).

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United Israel Appeal of Canada is not financially transparent. Its audited financial statements are not posted on its website nor provided when requested. Charity Intelligence's financial review uses the F2021 audited financial statements. This is the most recent information we have received from the Charities Directorate from our request for information.

United Israel Appeal of Canada received $49.7m in donations in F2021, making it one of Canada’s Major 100 charities.

Administrative costs are 8% of revenues less investment income and reported fundraising costs are 0% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 8%. For every dollar donated, 92 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.  

United Israel Appeal of Canada has reserve funds of $51.5m which could cover annual program costs for a year.  

This charity report is an update that has been sent to United Israel Appeal of Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.  

Updated on August 4, 2023 by Kiara Andrade. 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 7.5%6.4%5.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.1%0.2%0.3%
Total overhead spending 7.5%6.6%5.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 104.5%76.7%68.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 49,69663,53288,467
Government funding 4741,6775
Investment income 1,4011,3361,096
Total revenues 51,57166,54589,567
Program costs - International 43,09061,05661,444
Program costs - Canada 6,1646,21221,535
Administrative costs 3,7464,1544,549
Fundraising costs 22125272
Total spending 53,02371,54887,799
Cash flow from operations (1,452)(5,003)1,768
Capital spending 007
Funding reserves 51,48251,57556,485

Note: To report on a cash basis, Ci adjusted for deferred donations, affecting revenues by ($143k) in F2021, ($1.6m) in F2020, and $3.5m in F2019. Ci removed gain on the sale of property in Israel from income, affecting revenues by ($1.4m) in F2021, ($337k) in F2020, and $nil in F2019. Ci included foreign exchange gains/losses in investment income and removed it from program costs affecting revenues and expenses by ($57k) in F2021, $660k in F2020, and ($589k) in F2019. Ci reported international program, administrative, and fundraising costs from the charity's T3010 filings with the CRA. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 11

Avg. compensation: $106,853

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2021

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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

Website: www.jewishcanada.org
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel: 416-636-7655


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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001