Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FOIDF) is, according their website, "the single organization authorized to collect charitable donations on behalf of the IDF across the United States, as designated by Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, IDF Chief of the General Staff in March 2017 and by Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, IDF Chief of the General Staff in February 2019 and April 2021."
The New England Regional Chapter of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces is "comprised of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and the eastern part of Connecticut," and claims to "have over 6,000 supporters who come from a wide range of professions including medicine, finance, business, academia, and community affairs." FOIDF New England's website also claims that their chapter's last annual dinner "Attracted 1,200 attendees and raised almost $1.5 million."
|Alisa Abecassis||David Hager||Marc Perlman – Vice President*|
|Ricki Alon||Larry J. Hochberg – Chairman Emeritus*||Robert Polak|
|Harvey Axelrod||Daniel J. Hyman||Amitai Raziel*|
|Gary Balter||Mike Izak||Israel Roizman|
|Sammy Bar-Or||Marc Jason||Anthony Rubin –|
|Daniel Benedict||Marvin Josephson – Chairman Emeritus||Stephen Wayne Rubin – Secretary/General Counsel*|
|Ronny Ben-Josef||Michael Kalisman||Ari Ryan|
|Scott Black||Avi Kaner||Haim Saban|
|Max Blankfeld||Michael Karlin||Monica Sasson|
|Alan Brody||Alan Katz||Ron Sedley|
|Doug Bunim||Shmuel Katz||Rob Selati – Treasurer*|
|Robert Burman||Andrew Klaber||Robert Shillman|
|Robert Cohen*||Netta Korin||Morris Silverman|
|Fred Distenfeld||Richard Kwal||Norman Smith|
|Nily Falic – Chairman Emeritus*||Barbara Leff||Garry Sobel|
|Oscar Feldenkreis||Morey Levovitz||Lloyd Sokoloff|
|William Fox||Nathan Lewinger||Arthur Stark – Chairman Emeritus*|
|Albert Frank||Melinda Lowell||Peter Weintraub – Board Chairman*|
|Aaron Ganz||Brian Mermelshtein||Michael Werner|
|Fred Gluckman – President*||Sharon Mishkin||David Wiener|
|Mitch Gold||Gerald Mizel||Shahram Yaghoubzadeh|
|Gabriel Groisman||Sam Moshe||Ofer Yardeni|
|Harry Gross||Wendy Moskowitz||Zack Zalben|
|Bernard Groveman||Jorde Nathan||Arie Zweig|
|Irwin Haber||Spencer Partrich|
From fiscal years 2007-2020, Combined Jewish Philanthropies funneled $3,367,434 from its donors to Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces.
CJP Board of Directors member David Fine currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Friends of the IDF New England. CJP Board of Directors member Darren Black currently serves as a Board Member of Friends of the IDF New England.
In fiscal years 2019 and 2020 alone, Fidelity Charitable funneled $3,439,368 from its donors into Friends of the IDF.
David Fine who serves on the Regional Council of the Israeli-American Council Boston is also the Vice Chair of the Board of Friends of the IDF New England.
Investor and art collector Scott Black and his wife Isabelle Black fund the Harvard Kennedy School's Black Family Fellowship, which provides tuition assistance to 25 Harvard Kennedy School students annually. Harvard Kennedy School also maintains a faculty position entitled the "Isabelle and Scott Black Research Professor of Political Economy." (See also: here and here) Scott Black serves on the Board of Friends of the IDF New England Region, and also serves on the Executive Board of Friends of the IDF international (of which FOIDF New England is a regional branch).
Friends of the IDF is an Institutional Partner of The Israel Summit.
Based on available tax filings, the Joseph and Rae Gann Charitable Foundation has donated at least $155,790 to Friends of the IDF and New England Friends of the IDF.
Kraft Family Philanthropies donated $161,000 to Friends of the IDF from FY11-FY17.
Ruderman Family Foundation Executive Director Shira Ruderman serves as a Board Member of Friends of the IDF New England Region.
The Klarman Family Foundation donated $344,500 to Friends of the IDF from fiscal years 2005-13.
Barry Tatelman is a Board Member of Friends of the IDF New England. Additionally, the Susan and Barry Tatelman Foundation donated $251,600 to Friends of the IDF from fiscal years 2014-19.