CharityWatch REPORT
Issued October 2018

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.

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According to the Church World Service (CWS) tax filing for the fiscal year-ended June 30, 2017, CWS reports receiving donated in-kind goods on which it placed a total value of $2,040,887, including $879,257 and $857,762 in goods described as "hygiene kits" and "school kits," respectively (IRS Form 990, Schedule M).

[Note: CharityWatch generally excludes the value of in-kind (non-cash) donations of goods and services from its calculations of Program % and Cost to Raise $100. More information on how grades are calculated and the treatment of in-kind donations can be found by clicking on "About CharityWatch" from the navigation bar and then clicking on "Criteria & Methodology".]
According to the Church World Service (CWS) audit of June 30, 2017 (Note 16, Collective Bargaining Agreement):

"CWS is party to a collective bargaining agreement and agrees to be bound by the terms of the labor union agreements with the employees to ensure a supply of labor for designated roles in our Ne[w] York City office.

"If CWS and the union representing the employees are unable to agree prior to expiration of the current contracts or does not comply with the union agreements, CWS's source of labor may be limited and not readily available, and a work stoppage may occur that could adversely affect operations. Since January 23, 2017, the union and CWS have been at an 'impasse'. As part of this impasse salary increases were provided to eligible bargaining unit members, and benefits contribution by union staff were adjusted to reflect the same cost share non-union staff provide.

"As of June 30, 2017, approximately 4% of the employees are under the collective bargaining agreement represented by the union. The bargaining unit has continued to work without any disruption."

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