Anti-Defamation League

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), formerly known as the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, is an international Jewish non-governmental organization based in the United States. It was founded in late September 1913 by the Independent Order of B'nai B'rith, a Jewish service organization, in the wake of the contentious conviction for murder of Leo Frank. ADL subsequently split from B'nai B'rith and continued as an independent US section 501(c)(3) nonprofit. ADL states that its mission is twofold: "To stop the defamation of the Jewish people, and to secure justice and fair treatment to all," via the development of "new programs, policies and skills to expose and combat whatever holds us back."[3] With a focus on combating antisemitism and other forms of hate, and fighting domestic extremism both online and off, ADL describes its "ultimate goal" as "a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate."[4] In 2018, ADL rebranded as an "anti-hate" organization, adopting the motto "Fighting Hate for Good".[5]

Anti-Defamation League
FormationSeptember 1913; 108 years ago (1913-09)
FounderSigmund Livingston
TypeCivil rights law
13-1818723 (EIN)[1]
Legal status501(c)(3) organization
HeadquartersNew York City, New York, US
Esta Gordon Epstein
Jonathan Greenblatt
Revenue (2019)
$80.9 million[2]
Expenses (2019)$82.4 million[2]
Formerly called
Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith

Jonathan Greenblatt, a former Silicon Valley tech executive and former Obama administration official, succeeded Abraham Foxman as national director in July 2015. Foxman had served in the role since 1987.[6]

ADL headquarters are located in New York City. The ADL has 25 regional offices in the United States[7] including a Government Relations Office in Washington, DC, as well as an office in Israel and staff in Europe.[8] In its 2019 annual information Form 990, ADL reported total revenues of $92 million, the vast majority from contributions and grants.[9] Its total operating revenue is reported at $80.9 million.[10]