International Fellowship of Christians and Jews of Canada

330 Bay Street, Suite 1505
Toronto, ON M5H 2S8
Executive Director: Jackie Gotwalt
President: Yael Eckstein

Charitable Reg. #:86941 1587 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 5/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



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) 73 cents are available for programs.

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About International Fellowship of Christians and Jews of Canada:

Founded in 2003, International Fellowship of Christians and Jews of Canada’s (IFCJC) mission is to promote better relations and understanding between Christians and Jews. The charity encourages greater cooperation between the two communities on issues of shared biblical concern and supports Jews in crises. IFCJC is the Canadian chapter of International Fellowship of Christians and Jews that has chapters in the US, Israel and South Korea. It was founded in 1983 by Orthodox Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein (1951-2019) who grew up in Ottawa. On her father's death, Yael Eckstein became IFCJ's president.

IFCJC has three key programs: Guardians of Israel, Isaiah 58, and On Wings of Eagles. IFCJC spent $3.0m (40% of 2020 program costs) on the Guardians of Israel program, running sub-programs Feeding the Hungry, which supports 22 soup kitchens; Helping Children; Dental Care; and Holocaust Survivors to help victims in Israel. IFCJC spent $2.5m (33% of 2020 program costs) on its Isaiah 58 program, which helps Jewish orphans and elderly in the former Soviet Union. This program provides food, medical care, winter care, biblically-based education, and vocational training. The On Wings of Eagles program ($2.0m, 26% of 2020 program costs), helps Jews immigrate to Israel.

IFCJC's T3010 filing with the CRA reports $4.0m transferred to Keren L'Yedidut in Israel (the Israeli chapter of IFCJ) and $2.9m to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Centre in Russia in 2019. It also reports granting $135k to The Jerusalem Foundation of Canada Inc. Charity Intelligence cannot reconcile this grant funding with IFCJC's program spending reported in its audited financial statements.

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Results and Impact

In F2020, International Fellowship of Christians and Jews rescued 899 Jewish refugees on a Fellowship freedom flight as part of its On Wings of Eagles program. It also provided clothing gift cards to 8,300 displaced and homeless children and food cards to 4,008 impoverished families. IFCJ provided 683 elderly Jews with essential surgery and emergency medical care.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of International Fellowship of Christians and Jews’ results and impact. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).

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International Fellowship of Christians and Jews of Canada received $11.5m in donations in F2020. Administrative costs are 7% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 20% of donations. For every dollar donated, 73 cents go towards IFCJC’s programs, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. The charity has funding reserves of $1.1m, resulting in a program cost coverage ratio of 14%. This means that the charity can cover less than two months of annual program costs with existing reserves.

IFCJC reports using external fundraisers in 2019, paying $77k to raise $103k, meaning that the external fundraisers cost $0.75 for every dollar raised.

Ci has sent this profile update to International Fellowship of Christians and Jews of Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 28, 2021, by Shira Wine.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 7.2%8.7%8.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 19.6%20.4%24.1%
Total overhead spending 26.7%29.2%32.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 14.0%5.2%11.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 11,53710,01010,718
Investment income 187
Total revenues 11,53910,01810,725
Program costs 7,6177,1727,136
Administrative costs 826874904
Fundraising costs 2,2582,0442,585
Total spending 10,70110,09010,624
Cash flow from operations 838(72)101
Capital spending 262517
Funding reserves 1,066375783

Note: Ci backed amortization out of program costs, affecting it by ($9k) in F2020, ($7k) in F2019, and ($6k) in F2018.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 15

Avg. compensation: $50,038

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 F2019

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

You can be confident that your donations to the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews of Canada (IFCJ Canada) are being used conscientiously to do the most good for Israel and Jewish people in need around the world. IFCJ Canada regularly submits our financial information to Canada’s most established and respected charity watchdog organization — Charity Intelligence Canada — and we work hard to receive the highest grades possible for accountability and transparency, and to constantly be improving.

At IFCJ Canada, we will feel a deep sense of pride and accomplishment knowing all we have done for those in need. Our donors have proven time and time again that they are committed to supporting Israel’s people, and over the last year reminded all of us just how deep that commitment really is.

In 2020, over 560,000 hot meals were served to needy people in 22 soup kitchens across Israel. More than 4,000 impoverished families and elderly people received food cards to observe the sacred holidays of Passover and Rosh Hashanah. And together we helped close to 900 Jews make aliyah in the midst of a global pandemic.

Visit our website at to see how we are evaluated by trusted charity watchdog organizations, read endorsements from key Jewish and Christian leaders, and find out what donors and IFCJ Canada aid recipients are saying about the impact of our work.

It’s only through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to do the work that we do. It’s important to us that you know your gifts to IFCJ Canada are being used effectively and efficiently — and we know it’s important to you too!

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001