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Anti-Defamation League & Foundation

CharityWatch report issued
December 2017

Top-Rated Charity
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Anti-Defamation League & Foundation
605 Third Avenue
New York , NY 10158

Other Names


Tax Status




Stated Mission

To defend democratic ideals and eliminate anti-Semitism & bigotry in the U.S. & around the world, while providing knowledgeable leadership on a national level for the American Jewish community.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2016

Program Percentage: 74%

The percentage of Anti-Defamation League & Foundation's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $15

How many dollars Anti-Defamation League & Foundation spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Anti-Defamation League IRS Form 990 13-1818723
Anti-Defamation League Foundation IRS Form 990 13-2887439
Anti-Defamation League & Foundation Audited Consolidated Financial Statements Multiple
Entity: Anti-Defamation League
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 13-1818723
Entity: Anti-Defamation League Foundation
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 13-2887439
Entity: Anti-Defamation League & Foundation
Document Type: Audited Consolidated Financial Statements
Tax ID: Multiple

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
Anti-Defamation League & Foundation
meets governance benchmarks.
Anti-Defamation League & Foundation
meets transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy

  Name Title Compensation
1 Jonathan Greenblatt CEO/National Director $580,681
2 Clifford Schechter Senior Advisor to CEO $502,618
3 Ira Robert Wolfson Associate National Director of Regional Operations $406,307
Name: Jonathan Greenblatt
Title: CEO/National Director
Compensation: $580,681
Name: Clifford Schechter
Title: Senior Advisor to CEO
Compensation: $502,618
Name: Ira Robert Wolfson
Title: Associate National Director of Regional Operations
Compensation: $406,307

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.
CharityWatch's rating of the Anti-Defamation League & Foundation includes the financial activities of the Anti-Defamation League (tax ID #13-1818723) and the Anti-Defamation League Foundation (tax ID #13-2887439), which are each organized as 501(c)(3) public charities.

The rating is based on CharityWatch's analysis of each respective IRS Form 990 tax filing of the Anti-Defamation League and the Anti-Defamation League Foundation, as well as their audited consolidated financial statements, for the year-ended December 31, 2016. All significant inter-organizational balances and transactions between the League and the Foundation have been eliminated in the consolidated audit.
According to the Anti-Defamation League 2016 tax filing, the League reports for Business Transactions Involving Interested Persons, a transaction in the amount of $282,137 paid to BlueCadet for "web strategy" (IRS Form 990, Schedule L, Part IV).

The related party nature of the transaction is described as: "Josh Goldblum is founder and principal shareholder and CEO of BlueCadet. Josh Goldblum is the son of National Commissioners Jane and Joseph Goldblum." The League also reports: "The transaction [with BlueCadet] was made in an arms-length fashion and is at or below fair market value. Neither Jane Goldblum nor Joseph Goldblum had any involvement in the decision making process involving the respective transactions" (IRS Form 990, Schedule L, Part V).

According to the Anti-Defamation League Foundation 2016 tax filing, the Foundation reports for Loans to and/or from Interested Persons, a loan in the amount of $150,000 made to a Trustee, Jonathan A. Greenblatt, for the purpose of "relocation." It is reported that the loan had a balance due of $155,581 at year-end 12/31/2016, is not in default, was approved "by board or committee," and has a written agreement (IRS Form 990, Schedule L, Part II).

The reported loan is further described as follows (IRS Form 990, Schedule L, Part V):

"Mr. Greenblatt was recruited to take over as CEO of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). As CEO of ADL, Mr. Greenblatt is also an employee of the Anti-Defamation League Foundation and a Trustee. The relocation loan was made to Mr. Greenblatt in connection to his employment and before he assumed the title of Anti-Defamation League Foundation Trustee.

"As of the filing date of the Foundation's Form 990 for the year ended December 31, 2016, the balance of this loan is $70,369. It is anticipated that the remaining balance due on this loan will be paid off before the filing date of the Foundation's Form 990 for the year ended December 31, 2017."
According to the Anti-Defamation League 2016 tax filing re: Compensation Information (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part III):

"Reportable non-fixed payment, representing a one-time performance bonus was paid to Evan Bernstein in the amount of $24,000 and David Waren in the amount of $10,000."

Evan Bernstein is reported as New York Regional Director, with total compensation of $297,651, including the one-time bonus, in 2016. David Waren is reported as Vice President, Education, with total compensation of $255,058, including the one-time bonus, in 2016. (See IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II.)

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