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Rick Krosnick

📍Chicago, IL, USA

- From Strategic Vision to Accomplishment, Witness the Impact of Jewish National Fund-USA on the Land of Israel

- Reclaiming Our Narrative: Zionism Reimagined for a New Generation

- From Mark Twain’s 1867 Portrait of Palestine in “Sackcloth and Ashes” to the 21st Century Start-Up Nation

Fundraising Workshops:

- Building an Annual Campaign

- Donor Stewardship from Transactional to Impactful Partnership

- Asking Made Easy: A Hands-on Solicitation Training

Zionism, Fundraising, JNF


Rick Krosnick has spent more than three decades raising money to develop the land of Israel and strengthen the Jewish people.

Following posts with the Detroit Jewish Federation, the national United Jewish Appeal and the Chicago Jewish Federation, Rick joined Jewish National Fund-USA in 1999 to manage the Midwest region and ascended to the position of Chief Development Officer in 2010.

As CDO, Rick leads the development of campaign initiatives, formulates short-term and long-range goals, and identifies fundraising opportunities in support of JNF-USA’s life-transforming projects in Israel. Under Rick’s leadership, his fundraising team comprised of hundreds of JNF-USA volunteer ambassadors and professionals, reached JNF-USA’s $1 billion ten-year goal, one year ahead of schedule, and now embarks on an ambitious campaign to engage One-Million Voices for Israel, a comprehensive donor acquisition and retention program. Today, among dozens of other initiatives to build the land of Israel, Jewish National Fund-USA has embarked on the single largest project in its history, a $350 million, 21-acre World Zionist Village to be built in Be’er Sheva.

Rick has spoken to audiences across the United States and Israel on the history and impact of Jewish National Fund’s strategic vision for the land and people of Israel.

His understanding of Israel and the political and socio-economic tensions of the Middle East were shaped by his work outside of the Jewish community.

Beginning in 1985, for a nine-year period both on active-duty and in the reserve forces, Rick was an Intelligence Specialist in the United States Navy, serving aboard the aircraft carriers USS Nimitz and the USS Theodore Roosevelt. 

Much of Rick’s tenure in the Navy was spent with the U.S. Sixth Fleet operating in the eastern Mediterranean, confronting issues of state-sponsored terrorism and other threats to the security of the United States and our allies. Rick was awarded numerous commendations, including the prestigious Navy Achievement Medal.

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