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Action Against Hunger-USA

CharityWatch report issued
October 2023

Top-Rated Charity
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Action Against Hunger-USA
One Whitehall Street
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10004

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

To save lives by preventing, detecting, and treating under-nutrition, particularly during and after disasters and conflicts. From crisis to sustainability, tackles the direct and underlying causes of hunger through integrated, holistic solutions.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2021

Program Percentage: 85%

The percentage of Action Against Hunger-USA's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $3

How many dollars Action Against Hunger-USA spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Action Against Hunger-USA IRS Form 990 13-3327220
Action Against Hunger-USA Audited Financial Statements 13-3327220
Entity: Action Against Hunger-USA
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 13-3327220
Entity: Action Against Hunger-USA
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 13-3327220

Governance & Transparency

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This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
Action Against Hunger-USA
meets governance benchmarks.
Action Against Hunger-USA
meets transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
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  Name Title Compensation
1 Charles Owubah CEO $319,251
2 Maria Fort Director of People & Strategy $236,333
3 Gary Camus CFO $226,151
Name: Charles Owubah
Title: CEO
Compensation: $319,251
Name: Maria Fort
Title: Director of People & Strategy
Compensation: $236,333
Name: Gary Camus
Title: CFO
Compensation: $226,151

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.

According to the Action Against Hunger - USA (AAH-USA) audit of December 31, 2021 (Note 10, In-Kind Contributions), AAH-USA received in-kind contributions in 2021 on which it placed a total value of $9,334,526. Of this total, $8,137,630 consisted of food inventory, according to the AAH-USA 2021 tax filing (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 on the Our Process page.]

According to the Against Hunger - USA audit of December 31, 2021 (Note 5, Note Payable):

"In April, 2020 Action Against Hunger - USA received loan proceeds in the amount of $1,050,000 under the Paycheck Protection Program. The promissory note called for monthly principal and interest payments amortized over the term of the promissory note with a deferral of payments for the first seven months.

"Action Against Hunger - USA used the loan proceeds for purposes consistent with the Paycheck Protection Program and applied for forgiveness after completing the 24-week period stipulated by the terms of the loan.

"Action Against Hunger - USA received full forgiveness from the SBA [Small Business Administration] in August 2021. Accordingly, Action Against Hunger - USA has recorded revenue from forgiveness of debt in the amount of $1,050,000 in the accompanying [audited] Statement of Activities."

According to the Action Against Hunger - USA audit of December 31, 2021 (Note 3, Action Against Hunger Network):

"Action Against Hunger - USA is a member of a network that includes four other international non-governmental organizations headquartered in Paris, Madrid, London and Toronto. The network collaborates to accomplish a worldwide shared mission. Action Against Hunger - USA and the four other members of the network provide inter-organizational program, human resources and logistic support on behalf of their related overseas programs. At December 31, 2021 and 2020, Action Against Hunger - USA has recorded a net balance due to the network of $4,298,719 and $3,090,663, respectively."