Yitzchak Shavit is currently Senior Vice President of Communal Advancement and the Executive Vice Chairman of the United Israel Appeal. Yitzchak joined The Jewish Federations of North America in 1993 to lead fundraising efforts in North America for the Israel Education Fund and to maximize donor-directed philanthropy to meet overseas needs.
In 2002, Yitzchak was made Executive Vice Chairman of United Israel Appeal, responsible for managing the distribution and oversight of funds raised by Federation campaigns for overseas programs and securing and monitoring U.S. grant funds. In 2004, his role was further expanded to lead The Jewish Federations of North America Communal Advancement, a new department responsible for building the capacity to develop collective and joint venture funding initiatives. Developing Israel’s strategic priority regions in the north and south has been a major focus of his fundraising efforts.
In addition to fundraising, Yitzchak is responsible for managing all designated funding through the organization. Most recently, he has taken on the additional responsibility of oversight of The Jewish Federations of North America Missions department. Prior to joining The Jewish Federations of North America, Yitzchak served as Deputy Director General for Rural and Economic Development for the Jewish Agency for Israel and was responsible for the successful implementation of Project Renewal, an unprecedented joint venture between the Israeli government and worldwide Jewish communities, to renovate distressed neighborhoods throughout Israel.
Yitzchak was born in 1943 in Tel Aviv. Following his military service in the Israel Defense Forces, Yitzchak entered Hebrew University to study economics, statistics and political science. Upon completion of his studies, he served overseas as an emissary for the Jewish Agency in Canada and in London before returning to Israel. Yitzchak has a BA in Economics and Political Science from Hebrew University and an MA in Public Administration from the University of Alberta.