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American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

CharityWatch report issued
July 2020

Top-Rated Charity
A
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
 
89%
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
 
$5
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
220 E 42nd Street
Suite 400
New York, NY 10017

Other Names

Jack G. Buncher Charitable Fund
JDC
Maurice & Vivienne Wohl Charitable Foundation
Swergold Family Foundation for Children in Crises
Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel
Thalheimer Family-JDC Support Foundation

Tax Status

501(c)3

Website

www.jdc.org

Stated Mission

Dedicated to serving the needs of Jews throughout the world, particularly where their lives as Jews are threatened or made more difficult.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2018

Program Percentage: 89%

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

$328,000,000

Calculated Total Expenses

(rounded)

 

Cost to Raise $100: $5

How many dollars American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.

$309,000,000

Calculated Total Contributions

(rounded)

Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources

 

Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Audited Consolidated Financial Statements Multiple
Jack G. Buncher Charitable Fund for the AJJDC IRS Form 990 20-4393253
The Thalheimer Family-JDC Support Foundation IRS Form 990 03-0391368
Swergold Family Foundation for Children in Crises IRS Form 990 26-4139621
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee IRS Form 990 13-1656634
Entity: The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
Document Type: Audited Consolidated Financial Statements
Tax ID: Multiple
Entity: Jack G. Buncher Charitable Fund for the AJJDC
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 20-4393253
Entity: The Thalheimer Family-JDC Support Foundation
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 03-0391368
Entity: Swergold Family Foundation for Children in Crises
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 26-4139621
Entity: The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 13-1656634

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 Joint Distribution Committee
meets governance benchmarks.
 
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
meets transparency benchmarks.
Transparency
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 Schizer Executive VP/CEO $908,188
2 Ophir Singal CFO $418,057
3 Yossi Tamir Past Director General, JDC Israel $393,349
  Note: Includes $184,840 severance payment.
1
Name: David Schizer
Title: Executive VP/CEO
Compensation: $908,188
2
Name: Ophir Singal
Title: CFO
Compensation: $418,057
3
Name: Yossi Tamir
Title: Past Director General, JDC Israel
Compensation: $393,349
Note: Includes $184,840 severance payment.

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 The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) includes the financial activities of the entities included in the JDC audited consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018. 

According to the JDC 2018 consolidated audit (Note 2 re: Consolidated Financial Statements), the consolidated entities are "related through common board control and economic interest" and are listed below. All intercompany transactions and balances have been eliminated in the audit consolidation.

– The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Inc., Joint (JDC) - Israel (CC)
 Jack G. Buncher Charitable Fund for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
 Swergold Family Foundation for Children in Crises
 Thalheimer Family-JDC Support Foundation, Inc.
 AJJDC Real Estate Company Limited
 Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel
 Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Charitable Foundation
Hungarian Jewish Social Assistance Foundation

According to The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee consolidated audit of December 31, 2018 (Note 8, Fixed Assets, Net):

"Assets held for sale totaled $882,969 and $2,073,226, net of impairment of $43,380 and $93,500, as of December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively. These buildings were approved by the board to be sold and are actively being marketed. A building held for sale in Israel was sold in early 2017, which resulted in a gain on sale of $4,319,900. Six additional buildings held for sale, of which three were fully depreciated, were sold during 2018, which resulted in a net gain on sale of $608,707. The rest of the buildings held for sale are still actively being marketed."

According to The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) 2018 tax filing, JDC reports re: Compensation, Supplemental Information (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part III):

Regarding severance payments to officers, directors, trustees, key employees and highest compensated employees (Schedule J, Part I, Line 4a):

"The following individuals' employment contracts with JDC include severance agreements payable upon termination of employment. No amounts were paid to these individuals during calendar year ended December 31, 2018.

Ophir Singal
Diego Ornique
Pablo Weinsteiner"

"The following individual received a severance payment for recognition of his service to the organization. The severance payment represents accumulated contributions to the severance plan that are paid out upon termination of his employment. Consistent with the tax laws of Israel, part of this payment is reported as taxable compensation on Schedule J Part II Column B(III) ['Other reportable compensation'] and part is reported on Schedule J Part II Column D ['Nontaxable benefits'].

Yossi Tamir
Taxable:  $184,840
Nontaxable:  $21,083"

"Consistent with the laws of Israel, all employees will receive severance benefits upon the end of their employment with Joint Israel. No payments other than those identified above were made during 2018."

JDC reports Yossi Tamir as Director General, JDC Israel (thru 7/2018), with total compensation in 2018 of $393,349 (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II).


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