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American Jewish Committee (AJC)

CharityWatch report issued
May 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

American Jewish Committee (AJC)
165 East 56th Street
New York, NY 10022

Other Names

Institute of Human Relations of the American Jewish Committee

Tax Status




Stated Mission

To enhance the well-being of the Jewish people and Israel, and to advance human rights and democratic values in the United States and around the world.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2021

Program Percentage: 72%

The percentage of American Jewish Committee (AJC)'s cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $15

How many dollars American Jewish Committee (AJC) 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
American Jewish Committee & Affiliates Audited Consolidated Financial Statements multiple
American Jewish Committee IRS Form 990 13-5563393
Entity: American Jewish Committee & Affiliates
Document Type: Audited Consolidated Financial Statements
Tax ID: multiple
Entity: American Jewish Committee
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 13-5563393

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
American Jewish Committee (AJC)
meets governance benchmarks.
American Jewish Committee (AJC)
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
Privacy Policy
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  Name Title Compensation
1 David Harris Past CEO $907,924
2 Rabbi David Rosen Director of International Interreligious Affairs $371,369
3 Richard M. Hyne CFO $360,638
Name: David Harris
Title: Past CEO
Compensation: $907,924
Name: Rabbi David Rosen
Title: Director of International Interreligious Affairs
Compensation: $371,369
Name: Richard M. Hyne
Title: CFO
Compensation: $360,638

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.

CharityWatch's rating of American Jewish Committee (AJC) also includes the financial activities of the AJC affiliates consolidated in the AJC audited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2021. All significant interorganizational balances and transactions have been eliminated in the audit consolidation.

According to the AJC 2021 consolidated audit (Note 1, Nature of Organizations Comprising AJC):  "American Jewish Committee and its Affiliates, Institute of Human Relations ('IHR'), AJC Jerusalem, AJC Berlin, Transatlantic Institute ('TAI') [headquartered in Belgium], AJC Central Europe [headquartered in Poland], AJC France, and AJC UAE [headquartered in Abu Dhabi] (collectively, 'AJC') are related through common control."

Also according to Note 1 of the AJC 2021 consolidated audit:  "IHR [Institute of Human Relations] is a fundraising organization that remits all its revenues to American Jewish Committee. In 2016, IHR completed its conversion into a 509(a)(3) supporting organization of American Jewish Committee that is controlled by American Jewish Committee and exists solely to raise funds for American Jewish Committee."

According to the American Jewish Committee (AJC) consolidated audit of December 31, 2021 (Note 4, Contributions Receivable) [$s in thousands, as noted]:

"...Included in contributions and special events and trusts and bequests revenue at December 31, 2021 and 2020 is revenue of $9,070 [thousand] and $24,314 [thousand], respectively, from two and three donors, respectively."

[The $9,070,000 AJC received from two donors in 2021 represents approximately 17% of its total contributions in 2021.]

According to the American Jewish Committee (AJC) consolidated audit of December 31, 2021 (Note 10, Leases and Other Commitments, Loan) [$s in thousands, as noted]:

"On April 17, 2020, AJC (the 'Borrower'), was granted a loan (the 'Loan') from Citibank, N.A., in the aggregate amount of $4,505 [thousand], pursuant to the Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program (the 'PPP') under...the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security ('CARES') Act, which was enacted March 27, 2020. The Loan...matures on April 17, 2022 and bears interest at rate of 1.00% per annum, payable monthly commencing on October 17, 2020. ... Funds from the Loan may only be used for payroll costs, costs used to continue group health care benefits, mortgage payments, rent, and utilities. AJC used the entire Loan amount for qualifying expenses. Under the terms of the PPP, certain amounts of the Loan may be forgiven if they are used for qualifying expenses... On September 20, 2021, forgiveness was granted, and the extinguishment was recognized as income in fiscal 2021."

According to the American Jewish Committee (AJC) consolidated audit of December 31, 2021 (Note 2 re: Risks and Uncertainties):

"AJC invests in various types of investments securities. Investment securities are exposed to various risks, such as interest rate, market, and credit risks. Due to the level of risk associated with certain investment securities, it is reasonably possible that changes in the values of investment securities will occur in the near term and those changes could materially affect the amounts reported in the [audited] consolidated financial statements."

According to the American Jewish Committee (AJC) consolidated audit of December 31, 2021 (Note 1, Nature of Organizations Comprising AJC):

"The COVID-19 pandemic, whose effects first became known in January 2020, is having a broad and negative impact on commerce and financial markets around the world. The extent of the impact of COVID-19 on AJC's operational and financial performance will depend on certain developments, including the duration and spread of the outbreak, which at present cannot be determined. Accordingly, the extent to which COVID-19 may impact AJC's financial position, statements of activities, functional expenses and cash flows is uncertain."