Fellowship FAQs

Fellowship FAQs
Credit: Olivier Fitoussi

Can I have The Fellowship’s financial information?

Yes. Our most recent audited financial statements are available by written request or by calling our Donor Services Department at (800) 486-8844.

Is The Fellowship approved by the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance?

Yes. The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization) voluntarily submits to a thorough examination by the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance. In the spring of 2004, we were one of the first not-for-profits entitled to display the BBB Charity Seal, showing full compliance with their Standards for Charitable Accountability. These standards encourage fair and honest solicitation practices and promote ethical conduct by charitable organizations. Because The Fellowship has earned and displays this seal, you have assurance that we are firmly committed to financial accountability and fiscal transparency. To learn more about the BBB’s Wise Giving Alliance and standards for evaluation, visit www.give.org.

Does The Fellowship meet the standards of the Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability?

The Fellowship takes great pride in maintaining the highest ethical standards possible. To that end, we do our best to follow the Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship dictated by the ECFA. However, because of our work in both the Jewish and Christian communities, we cannot ascribe to the ECFA Doctrinal Statement (which is a Christian-only statement of faith), though we do voluntarily comply with all other standards of the ECFA.

Who leads The Fellowship?

After the passing of our founder Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, who devoted over 35 years to The Fellowship’s work of supporting Israel and building bridges between Christians and Jews, the organization looks ahead to the future under the leadership of those who learned from and worked with the Rabbi.

As President and CEO, Yael Eckstein oversees our ministry programs and serves as international spokesperson. The Rabbi’s daughter, Yael previously served as Global Executive Vice President, Senior Vice President, and Director of Program Development and Ministry Outreach. With over 40 years in the non-profit field, George Mamo served The Fellowship for two decades as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. And The Fellowship’s volunteer Board of Directors is chaired by Honorable Stockwell Day, longtime board member and prominent conservative politician in his home country of Canada.

Is my gift tax-deductible?

Yes. You will receive a tax-deductible gift receipt approximately two weeks after we receive your gift.

Can I give a gift to The Fellowship in honor/memory of a loved one?

Yes. You can give online to honor a loved one, or send you a brochure explaining how your honor/memory gift to the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews can provide a meaningful tribute to a friend or loved one. You can request this brochure by calling our Donor Services Department at (800) 486-8844 or emailing us at [email protected]. If you prefer, you can give your gift online or over the phone and provide us with the information so we can send out the acknowledgement.

Does The Fellowship and Yael Eckstein support the right of Christians to share their faith?

As an interfaith organization whose mission is to provide humanitarian aid to the needy in Israel and build bridges between Christians and Jews, The Fellowship respects the beliefs of both Christians and Jews but does not promote or favor one faith over the other. Though Rabbi Eckstein was an Orthodox Jew, he and Yael Eckstein nonetheless have supported the right of Christians to honestly share their faith convictions with others, provided that this sharing is done in a spirit of mutual respect.

Can I make an anonymous donation to any of The Fellowship’s programs?

We appreciate your wish to remain anonymous. Rest assured that your privacy is important to us. We do not make the names of our donors known to those they have helped, nor do we sell, rent or publish their names.

Can I give monthly through my credit or debit card, or have my donation deducted automatically from my bank account?

Yes. We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express, and can charge your credit or debit card for the duration of time you desire. Call our Donor Services Department at (800) 486-8844 to set up a credit card pledge.

We also have an electronic funds transfer (EFT) program — Friends of The Fellowship. Each month your gift to The Fellowship can be deducted automatically from your bank account. If you call our Donor Services Department at (800) 486-8844, we can send you the simple form to complete. You will be required to provide a voided check so we can obtain your bank information. Or just email us at [email protected] and request the brochure.

How much of my gift goes to administrative costs?

Wise stewardship of your sacrificial donation is a top priority of The Fellowship and something we take very seriously. We are proud to report that 73 cents of every dollar raised last year went directly to our ministry programs, exceeding the standards of the Better Business Bureau and other top charity guidelines. We are so grateful for your trust and generosity that allow us to bring compassionate care to God’s people.

Can I give my gift to a specific person?

Since our projects are carried out by partners who identify those in greatest need at the time funding is received, it is not possible to set aside a gift for a particular person. Your gifts will benefit those people most in need.

Do you have a catalog of products from Israel?

Yes, we have an online catalog. You can order online or by calling (800) 486-8844.

Do I help Israel by purchasing your catalog products?

Yes. Products that display a small Israeli flag in the catalog are purchased directly from Israel and Israeli merchants. Any profit realized by catalog sales of all products is directed back into Fellowship programs.

How long will it take to receive my order?

It typically takes us 48 hours to process the order. After that, it takes about 7-10 business days for you to receive your order. We ship orders by UPS. If you want your order shipped to a P.O. Box, we will send it via the US Postal Service.

If your headquarters are in Chicago, why do you have a post office box in Washington, DC?

Although our offices are in Chicago, we have found that it is more economical and secure to use an outside company to process our contribution mail. The company we use for this service is closer to Washington than Chicago, so contributions sent to this post office box (P.O. Box 96105, Washington, DC, 20090-6105) are put to work helping needy people faster.

Can I link my website to The Fellowship‘s website?

We are honored that so many of our friends want to link to our website, but we do not have adequate staff to fully review each inquiry. Therefore, The Fellowship cannot endorse any of the sites that have links placed on them to our site.

Does The Fellowship hold charitable status in Canada?

Our sister agency, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews of Canada, is registered with the Canadian Customs and Revenue Agency, and can accept tax-creditable gifts for Isaiah 58, On Wings of Eagles, and Guardians of Israel. You can donate by calling IFCJ Canada at (888) 988-4325, or sending your gift directly to: International Fellowship of Christians and Jews of Canada, P.O. Box 670, Station K Toronto, ON M4P 2H1 Charitable Registration Number 86941 1587 RR0001 The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews of Canada cannot accept or forward contributions for Stand for Israel. A Canadian who wishes to support this program may send a (non-tax creditable) gift to our U.S. mail-processing center (P.O. Box 96105, Washington, DC 20090-6105).

Does The Fellowship accept donations of clothing or household goods?

Unfortunately, we are not able to accept donations of this type. The cost of shipping goods to our project areas is prohibitive. As an alternative, consider holding a garage or yard sale and donating the proceeds to The Fellowship, or donating the items to a local shelter or charitable resale shop.

Does The Fellowship have a volunteer program?

No, at this time we do not have a volunteer program.

How can I update my account preferences?

You can update your account by visiting our subscription center or calling 800-486-8844.

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