Montreal, QC H3W 1M6
President: David Amiel
CEO: Yair Szlak
Charitable Reg. #: 10670 2251 RR0001
Grade: B-The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.
Need for Funding
Cents to the Cause
Full-time staff #136
Avg. Compensation $70,591
Top 10 Staff Salary Range
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About Federation CJA:
Founded in 1917, Federation CJA supports the Jewish community in Montreal with programing and grants. Federation CJA focuses on improving Jewish lives in 4 ways: strengthening religious life, caring for the vulnerable, advocating for Jewish interests, and offering grants to help Jews internationally.
The largest stream of granting for Federation CJA (41% of F2017 grants) went to Jewish Life and Continuity. The largest grant recipients in this program were: Generations Fund ($2.5m), Engagement and Outreach ($1.1m), and Communauté Sépharade Unifiée du Québec ($1.0m). These grants allow for Jewish youth to participate in their culture. Through F2017 grants, Montreal families received 32,249 free Jewish children’s books, over 25 schools participated in weekly Israel-based activities, and 8,426 students learned about the Holocaust and the danger of racism.
Federation CJA celebrated its 100th (centennial) year with a Mega Mission, a coordinated journey to Israel for almost 900 Jewish Montrealers. Participating in missions to Israel is one of the ways that people become more connected to their Jewish heritage.
Federation CJA allocated 33% of grants to Caring for the Vulnerable. The major grants distributed were: $3.0m to Tuition Assistance, and $2.4m to Agence Ometz. This program helped 8,513 people harmed by addiction or abuse, and assisted 2,215 recent immigrants to Canada in finding employment and making friends.
The remaining 27% of grants was distributed to organizations advancing Jewish interest at in Montreal and internationally. Jewish advocacy efforts were supported on 25 Canadian campuses, handing out 30,000 pro-Israel products. Immigrant and impoverished Jews were cared for, including over 60,000 in Ukraine who received food, medicine, and clothing.
Results and Impact: Over the past 5 years, Federation CJA’s contributions to the Generations Fund have offset increases in tuition. This means that up to 2,045 additional families have been able to afford Jewish day school for their children. For young adults, over 8,500 have strengthened their cultural identity through journeys to Israel supported by Federation CJA.
During F2017, Federation CJA programs helped 2,073 Holocaust survivors develop a sense of belonging and autonomy through social and medical projects. It also supported 8 successful anti-BDS initiatives on university campuses.
Federation CJA is one of Canada's Major 100 charities, receiving donations of $51.4m in F2017. Administrative costs make up 12% of F2017 revenue and fundraising costs make up 7%. For every $1 donated, 68 cents go to the cause. This falls within Charity Intelligence’s reasonable range.
Federation CJA has funding reserves of $58.3m that can cover 152% of programs. Excluding donor-endowed funds of $9.4m, funding reserves can cover program costs for 1.3 years.
Based on the investment value at the end of F2016 and the investment income reported, Federation CJA had a 10% investment return in F2017.
This charity report is an update that has been sent to Federation CJA for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.
Updated on May 16, 2018 by Madison Kerr.
Financial RatiosFiscal year ending March
|Administrative costs as % of revenues||12.3%||15.5%||12.4%|
|Fundraising costs as % of donations||7.4%||8.8%||7.0%|
|Program cost coverage (%)||151.8%||137.6%||120.3%|
Summary Financial StatementsAll figures in $000s
|Cash flow from operations||7,193||(4,407)||(936)|