May 25, 2019
Marc Baker Named President of Combined Jewish Philanthropies

Marc Baker
January 25, 2018 — Combined Jewish Philanthropies, a Boston-based social-service organization that is the largest Massachusetts nonprofit, as ranked by assets, yesterday announced that it has named Rabbi Marc Baker to be its next president.

Baker, who has served as head of Gann Academy since June 2007, succeeds Barry Shrage, who, after serving 31 years as president of Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), will step down from the post in June.

Board chair Neil Wallack said Baker "is exceptionally and uniquely qualified to be the next president of CJP," noting that he was selected following an eight month search that identified "numerous exceptional and diverse men and women from around the world who represented a strong mix of experiences, backgrounds, and places."

Baker has been head of Gann Academy in Waltham since 2007 and previously served as director of Jewish and student life at The Weber School in Atlanta, Georgia.

Baker earned a Bachelor of Arts degree religious studies from Yale University and a Master of Arts degree in Jewish education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

CJP, with $1.23 billion in assets, ranked as the largest Massachusetts nonprofit in 2017, according to a compiled and published by the Boston Business Journal (BBJ) last summer. The ranking, based on information for fiscal 2016, was not an exhaustive examination of the full Massachusetts nonprofit sector, and excluded colleges, universities, hospitals, and health plans.

For the year ending June 30, 2017 CJP reported $409 million in revenue, of which $240 million came from campaign contributions and gifts and bequests, and $168 million in expenses, according to its most recently available financial statement.

During the current fiscal year, which ends in June, CJP plans to spend $12 million to sustain and expand an anti-poverty Initiative and support those who are aging.

During his tenure, Shrage helped raise more than $1.1 billion while CJP's annual campaign increased from $24 million in 1987 to $56.6 million last year, according to the BBJ.

CJP traces its roots to 1895 when the Federation of Jewish Charities of Boston was established, and took its current form in 1960 the Combined Jewish Appeal and Associated Jewish Philanthropies merged.

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