1 Cummings Square (5151 Côte Ste. Catherine Rd.)
Montreal, QC H3W 1M6
President: Gail Adelson-Marcovitz
CEO: Yair Szlak

Charitable Reg. #:10670 2251 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



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) 78 cents are available for programs.

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About Federation CJA:

Founded in 1917, Federation CJA raises money to support the Jewish community in Montreal, Israel, and globally. Federation CJA works in four priority areas: strengthening Jewish life and continuity, caring for the vulnerable, advancing communal interests (advocacy), and supporting Israel and the global Jewish community. As a public foundation, Federation CJA’s major activity is grants to Canadian charities, but it also spends money on in-house programs. In F2019, 74% of Federation CJA’s mission spending was on grants and 26% was on programs.

Federation CJA’s most recent 2019 impact report provides F2020 spending information. $15.6 million went to caring for the vulnerable, $16.4 million went to strengthening Jewish life and continuity, and $9.9 million went to international support and advocacy.

Federation CJA’s 2019 impact report states that due to spending on caring for the vulnerable, almost 70,000 meals have been provided through programs like food banks and food delivery services. $3 million in tuition assistance has been provided to 53% of students enrolled in Jewish day schools. 29 programs and services for disabled people have been funded, benefitting over 1,000 people. Over 18,000 vulnerable youth have received services like academic support, subsidies and mentorship, and over 4,900 seniors have received assistance for homecare, psychosocial support and transportation.

Through Federation CJA’s spending on strengthening Jewish life and continuity, the Creating Access: Promoting Success program for Jewish education has provided 3,100 grants to over 1,000 kids over the past seven years.  The PJ library program has provided 200,000 books to almost 4,000 kids since inception in 2009. More than 10,200 young adults have participated in March of the Living or Birthright since 1999, and almost 4,000 young adults in Montreal participated in GenMTL in 2019. The GenMTL program provides engagement opportunities for people under 40 in Montreal.

Through its advocacy work, Federation CJA has funded 111 campus influencer missions and trained 2,500 Jewish and pro-Israel activists. It has also hosted 204 influential Canadians on fact-finding missions to Israel. Spending on supporting the global Jewish community has supported 1,668 new Canadians from France, Ukraine, Russia and South America throughout the immigration process.

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Results and Impact

Federation CJA launched its Initiative France-Montreal (IFM) program in 2015 in response to the specific needs of French Jews relocating to Montreal. In its 2019 impact report, the charity states that over the past three years, IFM has helped 263 families in France and 183 families in Montreal, including 139 families who successfully immigrated from France. IFM also helped 121 new immigrants get jobs and has developed a network of over 270 employers ready to hire new immigrants.

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Federation CJA is a Major 100 charity – one of Canada’s largest in terms of donations. It received $55.9m in donations in F2019. 81% of donations were raised through the charity’s annual Combined Jewish Appeal campaign. With investment income of $1.8m, Federation CJA earned a 5% return in F2019 (7% in F2018). 75% of the charity’s investments are held in equities, 17% are bonds and the remainder are shares in private companies.

Administrative costs are 14% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 8% of donations. For every dollar donated, 78 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Federation CJA holds $54.5m in funding reserves, of which $5.8m is donor-endowed. Excluding endowments, the Federation’s reserves can cover annual programs and grants spending at the F2019 level for just over one year.

Federation CJA’s five largest grants in F2019 as reported in the annual filing with the CRA went to United Israel Appeal of Canada ($10.4m), Agence Ometz ($4.8m), Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors ($4.1m), United Talmud Torahs of Montreal ($1.7m), and Jewish Public Library ($1.2m). All are based in Montreal besides UIA Canada, which is based in Toronto.

This report is an update that has been sent to Federation CJA for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 7, 2020 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 13.8%8.7%12.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 8.0%6.6%7.4%
Total overhead spending 21.8%15.3%19.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 105.2%81.4%132.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 55,90162,33351,403
Investment income 1,7913,3224,301
Total revenues 57,69165,65555,704
Program costs 11,57119,6464,666
Grants 35,15641,36732,774
Administrative costs 7,7255,4236,332
Fundraising costs 4,4864,1333,782
Total spending 58,93870,56847,554
Cash flow from operations (1,246)(4,913)8,149
Capital spending 435495308
Funding reserves 54,53154,99258,276

Note: The audited financial statements do not report fundraising costs. As such, Ci used the charity’s T3010 CRA filings for expense breakdowns. Amortization has been backed out of program costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 132

Avg. compensation: $74,586

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

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Charity Contact

Website: www.federationcja.org
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