The Fellowship Named ‘Organization of the Year’

The Fellowship  |  August 16, 2021

Robin Van Etten and Yael Eckstein, leaders of ANA Organization of the Year, The Fellowship
(Photo: IFCJ)

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) was recently selected as “Organization of the Year” by the ANA Nonprofit Federation, one of the most prominent associations in the U.S. for fundraising professionals.

The Fellowship was recognized because of its achievement in fundraising and consistent, successful financial performance, its leadership and reputation for excellence in the nonprofit community, and its high ethical standards for management and public disclosure.

“I want to congratulate all the Fellowship staff for their passion, commitment and dedication to our programs and mission,” said Robin Van Etten, The Fellowship’s COO. “It’s especially rewarding to receive this honor after all we went through during the past two years – the passing of our beloved founder, Rabbi Eckstein, and the unprecedented challenges of the COVID pandemic. We emerged stronger than ever. I am so proud and humbled to work with everyone here.”

Yael Eckstein, The Fellowship’s President and CEO, added, “It is truly extraordinary how far we have come in just the last few years. Thanks to our amazing team, our wonderful and committed donors, and God’s grace, today we’re able to help more people in need than ever before. I’m grateful to each and every member of our staff, because all played a part in helping us earn this honor.”

Visit the ANA to learn more about this honor.

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) was founded in 1983 to promote better understanding and cooperation between Christians and Jews and build broad support for Israel. Today it is one of the leading forces helping Israel and Jews in need worldwide — and is the largest channel of Christian support for Israel. Founded by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, The Fellowship now raises more than $120 million per year, mostly from Christians, to assist Israel and the Jewish people. Since its founding, The Fellowship has raised more than $1.8 billion for this work. The organization has offices in Jerusalem, Chicago, Toronto and Seoul. For more information, visit

Yael Eckstein is the President and CEO of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. In this role, Eckstein oversees all ministry programs and serves as the organization’s international spokesperson. She can be heard on The Fellowship’s daily radio program airing on 1,500 stations worldwide. Before her present duties, Yael served as global executive vice president, senior vice president, and director of program development and ministry outreach. Based in Jerusalem, Yael is a published writer, leading international advocate for persecuted religious minorities, and a respected social services professional. As President and CEO of The Fellowship, she also holds the rare distinction of being a woman leading one of America’s largest religious not-for-profit organizations.

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