Anti-Defamation League
605 Third Avenue
New York NY 10158-0180
Contact Information
Address 605 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10158-0180
Telephone (203) 780-0202 x
Fax 203-288-8010
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The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is one of the world’s leading civil rights organizations fighting anti-Semitism and hate. Founded in 1913 with a dual mission – “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all” – ADL is helping to shape America into a more respectful society for all. Today, it also means fighting threats to our very democracy including cyberhate, bullying and bias in schools and in the criminal justice system, terrorism, hate crimes, coercion of religious minorities, and contempt for anyone who is different. Join us in bringing about a just, inclusive society.

A Great OpportunityHelpThe nonprofit has used this field to provide information about a special campaign, project or event that they are raising funds for now.

Keeping our community secure is the focus of this year’s special campaign.  Today we are witnessing hate and anti-Semitism moving from the fringes of society into the mainstream with unprecedented volume and velocity.   Since the 2016 election, reports of hate crimes and incidents against Jews, Muslims, African Americans, immigrants and LGBTQ individuals have flooded the news.   As the only national organization with a local Connecticut office whose mission and purpose is to fight hate and bigotry against all groups, ADL Connecticut gets the call when an incident is reported.   Because of our expertise and experience in civil rights law, anti-Semitism, bullying, racial bias, education and law enforcement, we are able to manage the complex aspects of these difficult situations when we spring into action.  After investigating and making a thorough assessment of an incident, ADL considers the most effective response. Is the victim safe? Should the media be alerted? Does the police or school leadership need to play a role? Is there an education program that can help the community heal and prevent future incidents?  Doing the right thing takes a lot of thought, time and resources to effectively support all those impacted.

Our goal is to raise an additional $200,000 by the end of 2017 that will allow the Connecticut ADL office to keep our community secure by: investigating and responding to incidents of bias and hate; monitoring and exposing extremists; providing critical anti-bias education programs; promoting Jewish communal security and training law enforcement officials on how to identify, report and respond to hate crimes.  As the largest non-governmental provider of training and resources to law enforcement in the country, ADL has the credibility and expertise to work with law enforcement and other key segments of our community to counter the increase of bigotry and hatred and prevent bias-motivated violence for all groups.   

A Great Opportunity Ending Date 31 2017
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1948
Organization's type of tax exempt status Exempt-Other
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Steve Ginsburg
Board Chair Mrs. Robyn Teplitzky
Board Chair Company Affiliation Jewish Federation
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is one of the world’s leading civil rights organizations fighting anti-Semitism and hate. Founded in 1913 with a dual mission – “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all” – ADL is helping to shape America into a more respectful society for all. Today, it also means fighting threats to our very democracy including cyberhate, bullying and bias in schools and in the criminal justice system, terrorism, hate crimes, coercion of religious minorities, and contempt for anyone who is different. Join us in bringing about a just, inclusive society.


In 1913, attorney Sigmund Livingston created ADL, starting in a small Chicago office with a $200 budget. Formed in response to rampant anti-Semitism and discrimination, ADL has grown into the leading force fighting anti-Semitism, as well as a premier American civil rights and human relations organization. Our mission is to fight ant-Semitism and hate and to secure justice and fair treatment for all.

We are proud of an array of groundbreaking accomplishments:

· Most notably, ADL led successful efforts to free America from restraints of anti-Semitism and strengthen the security and inclusiveness that America’s Jews enjoy.

· We unmasked the Ku Klux Klan and exposed David Duke and the German-American Bund.

· Our advocacy and amicus work have contributed to major civil rights gains, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Fair Housing Act and Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

· Our unparalleled polls and tracking of anti-Semitic incidents shine an unremitting light on anti-Semitism.

· Our Center on Extremism monitors more than 9,000 extremist and terrorist groups and individuals and shares information with governments, law enforcement agencies and the public.

· We are the leading nonprofit training law enforcement agents, each year reaching some 15,000 professionals with workshops on extremism, anti-Semitism, hate crimes and security.

· We have spearheaded industry responses to cyberhate and provided resources and toolkits endorsed by major Internet companies. Our new Task Force on Hate Speech and Journalism addressed the targeting of Jewish journalists by virulent anti-Semitism on social media.

· ADL has reached approximately 62.5 million people through education programs to counter bias, hatred and anti-Semitism.


Our 2016 accomplishments include:

Providing anti-bias education programs to 12,500 students, educators and parents in 79 schools across the state, including two key sessions of a first-of-its kind program “Welcoming Muslim Students and Parents” in response to Muslim parents being afraid to send their children to school; 

Continuing our interfaith Jewish-Muslim Women’s Community Dialogue program which highlights the power of building bridges through compassionate understanding and was profiled in ADL’s National Education blog of education; 

Training 40 front line employees from 12 Greater New Haven Jewish community organizations about how to respond to threats and violence including evaluating suspicious activity, mailroom and Internet security, access control and building relationships with law enforcement;

Responding to more than double the number of reported hate incidents using our expertise in civil rights law, anti-Semitism, bullying, racial bias, education and law enforcement to support the community and sending these incidents to ADL’s Center on Extremism for trend analysis.

Our 2017 goals are: 

Provide school trainings to counter the bias and bullying that many students are experiencing because of religion, race, sexual orientation or disabilities so all students can learn, achieve and succeed in a respectful school environment;

Build an efficient and effective system to engage the broader community in advocating for the civil rights of all Americans addressing obstacles to justice and equality and responding to discrimination and bias;

Increase the safety and security for marginalized groups by building intergroup relationships and alliances and responding to incidents;

Continue training state law enforcement officials on hate crimes and extremist groups and share information on topics of concern including origins, tactics, activities and trends of white supremacist groups, anti-government extremists and Islamic terrorists. 


Our most pressing needs are listed in descending order.

1) Achieve our annual campaign goal so we have the financial resources to maintain a local ADL presence in Connecticut. Those campaign funds will allow us to:   

  • continue providing programs with current staff levels; 

  • meet the gap of $50,000 no longer offered by the state government for teacher and student anti-bias training programs;

  • create new programs similar to “Welcoming Muslim Students and Families” when a need is identified; 

  • provide funding for additional staff time and resources to investigate, assess and respond to increased incidents of bias, anti-Semitism and hate and provide education programs to the community involved;

  • continue to build intergroup relationships and programs as needed; and

  • train law enforcement officials and provide security trainings to the community.

2)  Develop a social media and marketing awareness campaign that will promote the ADL to the general community and attract new donors, especially a younger group. Since we do not have a current staff position for marketing and communications, we need for current staff to receive training.

 3) Identify, engage and recruit new ADL leaders across our community who will be involved both locally as well as nationally.    

CEO Statement

I moved to Connecticut from Chicago in the fall of 2015 and immediately began work at ADL’s Hamden office.  Since then, in my role as Regional Director, I’ve had the privilege to see, learn about, and become part of the Greater New Haven Community. I’ve worked directly and formed relationships with leaders and residents from many of the institutions that help shape our community and generate its strength. From Gateway Community College to the FBI and local law enforcement, from Yale to St. Rose of Lima’s Church, and from the Jewish Community Center to Louis’ Lunch, I have seen the source and bounty of New Haven pride. It is no surprise that the ADL has flourished here for almost 70 years. Our ADL board members from New Haven are also known as national leaders who ensure that ADL is serving its mission.


So it’s of upmost importance to us that ADL can continue to fight hate in the New Haven area. As the only National Organization dedicated to fighting hate in all its forms with an office focused solely on the state of Connecticut, we appreciate the passion and diversity of this state and are doing everything we can to make sure there’s an ADL office in Connecticut as long as there’s an ADL. Even though we’re not new on the scene, we’re still working to clearly communicate all that we do. ADL’s mission to “stop the defamation of the Jewish people and secure justice and fair treatment for all” encompasses a lot of work and I want to impress why we feel it’s all vital to achieving our goals of a kinder and fairer world.


ADL is unique in that we know that the fight against hate won’t be won on a single front. We are in constant communication with our colleagues at ADL’s National Center on Extremism to communicate and understand possible extremist links in Connecticut and we work with law enforcement on the local, state and federal levels to keep our communities safe. But we’re also in hundreds of schools around the state teaching the next generation “The Truth about Hate” and that “Names Can Really Hurt Us”. We know that we must be proactive as well as reactive to inoculate our children against the virus of hate.  


We also take to heart the famous truism “If I am not for myself, who will be? If I am only for myself, who am I?” We know that we must stand arm in arm with other marginalized groups not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because we all benefit from building strong bridges between communities. I am continually proud of the inclusive scope our work and the timeless messages we share. Our work has never been more important. 

Board Chair Statement

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has been an organization that I have been inspired by and committed to since I first heard of them in high school. ADL’s mission and goals align with my personal and professional interests and I have watched them help create a more accepting and just world in my lifetime. For those reasons, I have been involved with ADL for 25 years and currently serve as the Regional Board Chair and a member of the National Advisory Committee.

Though the ADL has been around for over 100 years, the challenges we face today are unique, unprecedented and numerous. There is a troubling lack of understanding and commitment to diversity training in this country. In the last year, with rising levels of concern in vulnerable minority communities and rising hate crimes across the country, we are collectively learning about the consequences of neglecting this important part of our cultural and social education. If we taught our children at a younger age about issues of bias and bigotry, if parents knew how to have those kinds of conversations with their children, the social fabric of our country would be immeasurably stronger.

Luckily, this is exactly the kind of work that ADL does with such impressive results all over the state of Connecticut. The educational opportunities that we provide for students and adults alike to combat bigotry and hatred are unmatched and proven to work over decades of impact and improvement. Programs like “Julia’s Star”, which teach 4th-6th graders to be proud of who they are and confront bias, continue to inspire me. The fact that we’ve expanded that program and built others in the same model right here in Connecticut is a constant source of pride. Whether we are creating leaders in elementary or leading a class of young professional leaders to Washington D.C., the ADL creates the change that it wishes to see in the world.

That’s why it’s more important now than ever that ADL can continue to spread its message to “stop the defamation of the Jewish people and secure justice and fair treatment for all.” We need to engage more people, inspire more people, and reach new communities who are unfamiliar with our work. We need to provide our leadership with the tools they need to be ambassadors and spread our message.

But this is not just an abstract issue for me. My ADL experience doesn’t end with my own engagement. I share my ADL values with my adult children who learned from the ADL, who were inspired to get involved, who now have to tools to become leaders in their own right. I share my ADL work with my husband, who stepped up to become a leader on the ADL regional board and who makes a financial commitment to the vital work they do. I know that I have helped spread ADL’s message of acceptance, pride and unity through my family and those close to me. I hope this Great Give will help to get that message out there on an even grander scale.

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy / Civil Rights
Secondary Organization Category Education / Elementary & Secondary Schools
Tertiary Organization Category Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness and Relief / Alliances & Advocacy
Areas Served
East Haven
Lower Naugatuck Valley
New Haven
North Branford
West Haven
State wide
ADL CT serves the entire state, including towns within The Community Foundation for Greater Haven region.
Description ADL’s A World of Difference® Institute provides anti-bias education workshops, activities and resources to students, educators and family members nationwide and across Connecticut. Participants achieve the following goals:
  • Learn the skills necessary to counter prejudice and discrimination.

  • Recognize bias and the harm it inflicts on individuals and society.

  • Promote the value of diversity.

  • Improve inter-group relations.

  • Develop personal and group strategies to respond to acts of hatred.


    With the knowledge, motivation and skills to counter bias and prejudice, participants will positively impact the climate of their schools, treat peers respectfully and stand up against bullying and harassment – developing values and behaviors that will contribute to an American society in which all members are safe and respected and diversity is appreciated and valued.

Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) / Adults / Victims
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Description ADL is the largest non-governmental provider of training and resources to law enforcement in the country. Our customized workshops on hate crimes and anti-extremism/terrorism trainings cover local and national topics of concern, including origins, tactics, activities and trends of white supremacist groups, anti-government extremists and Islamic terrorists.  These workshops increase the capacity of law enforcement to identify, report and respond to hate crimes.   More than 500 times a year, ADL shares actionable intelligence on extremist-related matters or to respond to requests for information or assistance from law enforcement agencies. Here in Connecticut we have trained the FBI, Connecticut State Police, local law enforcement officers and continue to build key relationships so a free flow of information and resources can be shared.    


Population Served Adults / Adolescents Only (13-19 years) / Families
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Description Anti-Semitism is on the rise across the United States. Our 2016 Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents reported an overall increase in anti-Semitic incidents for the second straight year. While numbers are historically low, the volume of incidents today reveals disturbing trends. For every incident reported, we know many more go unreported. ADL’s regional offices around the nation are receiving increasing numbers of calls and e-mails reporting a variety of anti-Semitic incidents, from swastika vandalism in Jewish cemeteries, homes and institutions to bullying of students in schools.


Threats of violence are on the rise. Since early January, waves of bomb threats have been called and emailed to Jewish Community Centers and Jewish day schools, as well as ADL offices, leading to extreme disruption and anxiety, including evacuation of pre-school children including here in Greater New Haven. ADL works with federations, synagogues, schools and law enforcement officials to make Jewish institutions safe and secure. We provide customized training and information on reporting suspicious activity, mailroom and Internet security, access control, religious preparedness and law enforcement workshops.

Population Served Adults / Adults / Families
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes

ADL has been on the frontlines in exposing, monitoring and countering all groups and individuals who promote hate. Fighting extremism and hate has never been more important. We live in an era of multiple, simultaneous threats from a range of extremists and movements, which are increasingly skilled at exploiting technology to recruit and radicalize followers.


ADL’s Center on Extremism’s analysts and experts monitor, expose and disrupt extremist threats and activity online and on the ground. ADL is a powerful force against hate, and a stalwart protector of communities—due in large part to our strong relationships with law enforcement agencies, and our unique ability to provide critical resources, information and training.

Population Served Adults / Females / General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
CEO/Executive Director
Mr. Steve Ginsburg
Term Start Sept 2015

Steve Ginsburg is the Regional Director of the Connecticut Anti-Defamation League (ADL) office in Hamden, CT. In that capacity, he oversees the League’s efforts to monitor and expose extremist groups, promote civil rights and build bridges of understanding among diverse groups within the region.


He came to ADL after serving as Principal at Mission Measurement – a firm that works with foundations, corporations and nonprofits to predict and maximize their effectiveness and ROI (return on investment). Prior to that, he was Director of Development for ADL’s Greater Chicago/Upper Midwest Region, one of ADL’s largest offices. Steve also served as Chief Legal Counsel to the Office of the Governor of the State of Illinois, and helped run the American Bar Association Rule of Law reform project in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, in the late 1990s. Additionally, he practiced law at Katten Muchin Rosenman and Huron Consulting Group.


He received his A.B. from Duke University (Class of 1991) and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center (Class of 1995).  Born in Highland Park, IL, Steve now resides in Westport, CT with his wife, Lori and their two sons. 

Number of Full Time Staff 9
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 0
Number of Contract Staff 39
Staff Retention Rate 89%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
Mr. Gary Jones June 2010 -
Mr. David Waren Oct 2000 - Mar 2010
Senior Staff
Title Senior Associate Director

Marji Lipshez-Shapiro is the Senior Associate Director of Connecticut Office of the Anti-Defamation League. Her responsibilities include overseeing ADL’s three statewide educational initiatives: The A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute for anti-bias education, and the Confronting Anti-Semitism program and the Echoes and Reflections Holocaust Education program. 


Marji has over 25 years of experience in the area of anti-bias training and has trained thousands of students, educators, parents and leaders from the university, government, corporate, non-profit, and community sectors on issues of fighting prejudice and building bridges of understanding.


Marji has a B.A. in Psychology from Colgate University and an M.A. in Higher Education from The Ohio State University. She was named Multicultural Educator of the Year in CT in 2004. Prior to her work with ADL, Marji served as an administrator at Cornell University, Connecticut College, Trinity College and Wesleyan University.


Marji served as an adjunct faculty member at Southern Connecticut State University for 15 years where she taught a graduate course, “Anti-Bias and Multicultural Perspectives in the Classroom.”

Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
CEO Comments

Board Chair
Mrs. Robyn Teplitzky
Company Affiliation Jewish Federation
Term June 2015 to May 2018
Board of Directors
Mr. Joel Abramson Retired
Mr. Eric Albert Albert Bros.
Dr. David I. Astrachan Ear, Nose, Throat Specialists
Mrs. Kim Athan Community Volunteer
Dr. Kenneth Backman A llergy and Asthma Care of Fairfield County
Mrs. Carol Baldwin Community Volunteer
Mr. David A. Ball Cohen and Wolf
Mr. Andrew Berenblum Community Volunteer
Mr. Marvin Berenblum National Executive Service Corps
Mrs. Terry Bernard Community Volunteer
Mr. Martin L. Budd Retired
Mrs. Claudia Cohen RGI Group, Inc.
Rabbi Daniel Cohen Congregation Agudath Sholom
Mrs. Shoshana Dweck Community Volunteer
Mrs. Arlene Elovich Retired
Mr. Marshal Elovich Retired
Mrs. Marla Felton Community Volunteer
Mr. Andrew M. Fishman Schonfeld Capital Fund Advisors
Ms. Sue-ann Friedman Community Volunteer
Mrs. Robin Gelles Community Volunteer
Mr. Donald S. Gershman Community Volunteer
Mr. James I. Glasser Wiggin and Dana
Ms. Lindy Lee Gold State of Connecticut
Mrs. Lynne Goldstein
Mr. Michael Gordon Group Gordon
Mr. Irwin Hausman Retired
Mr. Sheldon Hearst Retired
Mrs. Suzanne Hecht Clinical Psychologist
Mr. Jonathan Hoffman Hoffman Auto
Ms. Marjorie Jacobson Treisman Community Volunteer
Mr. Gary Jones Community Volunteer
Mrs. Liz Kaner Community Volunteer
Mrs. Laura Kaplan Community Volunteer
Mr. John Kaufman iHeartMedial
Mr. Joel M. Kaye Law Office of Joel M. Kaye
Dr. Daniel Koenigsberg Psychiatrist - New Haven
Mr. Michael Kopman-Fried Today's Recovery
Mr. Alan Lazowski LAZ Parking
Mr. Alan Levin Locke Lord LLP
Dr. John Levy Levy Dental Group
Mrs. Melissa Levy Community Volunteer
Mr. Michael Loeb Community Volunteer
Mr. Lawrence S. Malkin Community Volunteer
Mr. Mark Mandell Data-Mail Inc.
Mrs. Marsha Moses Berchem, Moses & Devlin
Mrs. Jill Nadel Community Volunteer
Mr. Hap Perkins Unicorr
Mrs. Suzanne Pinkes Community Volunteer
Rabbi Eric Polokoff B'nai Israel
Mr. Robert J. Rader CABE
Mrs. Lisa Raice Community Volunteer
Mr. Howard Reiter Rome Fastener
Mr. Stephen L. Saltzman Brenner Saltzman Wallman
Mr. Randy Saluck Mortar Rock Capital
Mr. David R. Schaefer Brenner Saltzman Wallman
Mr. Alan Schwartz Wiggn and Dana
Mr. Lawrence Shanbrom Retired
Mr. Doug S. Skalka Neubert Pepe & Monteith
Rabbi Andrew Sklarz Greenwich Reform Synagogue
Mr. David Slossberg Hurwitz, Sagarin, Slossberg & Knuff, LLC
Mrs. Eileen Springer
Mrs. Helen Stark Community Volunteer
Mr. Jeffrey Teplitzky Teplitzky & Company, P.C.
Mr. Jonathan Tropp Day Pitney
Reverend Suzanne Wagner Community Volunteer
Mr. Mitchell J. Weseley DX/DT Consulting, LLC
Rabbi Jeremy Wiederhorn The Conservative Synagogue
Mr. Eric Zachs Venture Capital
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 69
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 44
Female 24
Unspecified 1
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 1%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2017
Projected Revenue $60,402,000.00
Projected Expenses $56,990,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 5%
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund No
Form 990s
Form 9902015
Form 9902014
Form 9902013
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
ADL IRS Determination Letter
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals ChartHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Revenue$56,561,516$55,295,291$61,366,360
Total Expenses$55,261,213$54,166,490$58,137,559
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$26,194,054$26,423,509$30,925,474
Current Assets$17,947,496$16,447,202$17,166,079
Long-Term Liabilities$40,851,611$41,283,901$32,567,561
Current Liabilities$7,573,646$6,816,384$7,169,864
Total Net Assets($22,231,203)($21,676,776)($8,811,951)
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
CEO Comments

ADL is not a chapter organization and therefore has a single operating budget and revenue goal that includes funding for all of its 27 Regional offices and national community service center. The CT ADL Regional office has been charged with a regional revenue goal which is a portion of the overall goal. Any gifts that come from CT donors are credited to that regional revenue goal.

Foundation Staff Comments This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address 605 Third Avenue
New York, NY 101580180
Primary Phone 203 780-0202
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Steve Ginsburg
Board Chair Mrs. Robyn Teplitzky
Board Chair Company Affiliation Jewish Federation


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