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American Jewish Committee (AJC)

CharityWatch report issued
November 2019

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

AJC Transatlantic Institute
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 12/31/2018

Program Percentage: 73%

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: $14

How many dollars American Jewish Committee (AJC) spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Joint Costs

American Jewish Committee (AJC)'s rating was adjusted for Joint Costs. If you are a donor who considers direct mail, telemarketing, and other Joint Cost solicitations to be true charitable programs, the below efficiency ratios, which were not adjusted for joint costs, may better reflect your goals.

Program % Cost to Raise $100
73% $13
Accounting rules allow charities to report some telemarketing, direct mail, and other solicitation costs as Program expenses. CharityWatch believes that most donors do not consider a charity's solicitation activities to be the Programs they are intending to support with their donations. We therefore adjust such expenses out of a charity's reported Program expense and add it to Fundraising expense prior to calculating its rating.

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
Privacy Policy Opt-Out Policy  

  Name Title Compensation
1 David Harris CEO $874,563
2 Julie Schair Associate Executive Director/Managing Director Resource Development $339,065
3 Richard M. Hyne CFO $336,348
Name: David Harris
Title: CEO
Compensation: $874,563
Name: Julie Schair
Title: Associate Executive Director/Managing Director Resource Development
Compensation: $339,065
Name: Richard M. Hyne
Title: CFO
Compensation: $336,348

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 included in its audited consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year-ended December 31, 2018. All significant interorganizational balances and transactions have been eliminated in the audit consolidation.

According to the AJC 2018 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 Brussels], AJC Central Europe and AJC Paris...are related through common control."

Also according to Note 1 of the AJC 2018 consolidated audit:

"IHR is a fund-raising 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."