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American Friends of Yad Eliezer Charity Profile
Yad Eliezer is the largest anti-hunger agency in Israel, with an annual budget of more than $20 million that is funded by the donations of caring individuals.
Yad Eliezer began in 1980 in the kitchen of the Weisel family of Jerusalem. They prepared a food basket for a neighbor who could not feed her children, and were soon delivering monthly food baskets to hungry families. Yad Eliezer has now grown to encompass 15 primary economic and social service programs that impact tens of thousands of individuals.
Yad Eliezer's cadre of 10,000 volunteers enables the organization to maintain limited overhead and administrative expenses. Indeed, 95% of funds raised go directly to needy families. This achievement has earned Yad Eliezer the coveted "4-Star Exceptional" rating from Charity Navigator, which rates organizations based on how effectively and responsibly they utilize donations, and to what extent the charity is growing in terms of programs and services.
American Friends of Yad Eliezer Volunteer Information
If our small but dedicated staff represents the skeleton of Yad Eliezer, then our 10,000 volunteers are its heart and soul.
It is our large international corps of volunteers that enables Yad Eliezer to minimize administrative costs while maximizing the scope of assistance we are able to provide to Israel's neediest families.
In the U.S., England, Australia, and elsewhere, these volunteers assist in collecting food and monetary donations, shipping second-hand shoes, and coordinating Feed-a-Baby, Adopt-a-Bar Mitzvah and Adopt-a-Wedding partnerships.
In Israel, a cross-section of society – men, women, high school students, seminary girls, IDF soldiers – as well as visitors from abroad, descend upon the warehouse daily to pack the tens of thousands of food boxes that are distributed to needy families.
Farmers throughout Israel donate truckloads of fresh produce to supplement the diets of poor children. Generous individuals donate their professional services – banking, laundry and auto repair – that provide an enormous financial savings to Yad Eliezer.
The utilization of volunteers means that every dollar donated to Yad Eliezer is multiplied numerous times, because it is applied not to salaries and overhead, but directly toward assisting needy people.
In fact, Yad Eliezer applies only 5% toward administrative and fundraising expenses – enabling 95% of our budget to directly assist those who need it most. This has earned Yad Eliezer the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator.