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American Jewish World Service

CharityWatch report issued
September 2018

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 World Service
45 West 36th Street
New York, NY 10018

Other Names


Tax Status




Stated Mission

Inspired by the Jewish commitment to justice, works to realize human rights and end poverty in the developing world.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 04/30/2017

Program Percentage: 87%

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


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $8

How many dollars American Jewish World Service 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 World Service IRS Form 990 22-2584370
American Jewish World Service Audited Financial Statements 22-2584370
American Jewish World Service New York Form CHAR500 22-2584370
Entity: American Jewish World Service
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 22-2584370
Entity: American Jewish World Service
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 22-2584370
Entity: American Jewish World Service
Document Type: New York Form CHAR500
Tax ID: 22-2584370

Governance & Transparency

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This charity is Top-Rated
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American Jewish World Service
meets governance benchmarks.
American Jewish World Service
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 Robert Bank President/CEO $329,368
2 Kristine Stallone VP for Finance & Administration $290,116
3 Shari Turitz VP for International Programs $282,983
Name: Robert Bank
Title: President/CEO
Compensation: $329,368
Name: Kristine Stallone
Title: VP for Finance & Administration
Compensation: $290,116
Name: Shari Turitz
Title: VP for International Programs
Compensation: $282,983

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 American Jewish World Service (AJWS) audit of April 30, 2017 (Note 3, Contributions and Contributions Receivable):

"A significant portion of AJWS's total contributions and revenue, excluding donated services and goods, were provided by one contributor during the years ended April 30, 2017 and 2016. When donor-advised funds from the contributor are included, these contributions amounted to 68% and 59% of total contributions and revenue, respectively. When donor-advised contributions are excluded, the percentages become 35% and 30%, respectively."
According to the American Jewish World Service (AJWS) tax filing for the fiscal year-ended April 30, 2017 re: Compensation Information (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Parts II & III), AJWS reports paying the following "in the form of a bonus" to these individuals in calendar year 2016:

(1) Kristine Stallone, VP for Finance & Administration: $17,323, with reported total compensation of $290,116;
(2) Rona Peligal, VP for Development: $18,700, with reported total compensation of $252,656;
(3) Jacqueline Hart, VP for SLRE: $13,090, with reported total compensation of $262,499;
(4) Stuart Schear, VP for Communications: $9,350, with reported total compensation of $266,261;
(5) Shari Turitz, VP for International Program: $18,700, with reported total compensation of $282,983;
(6) Danielle Edwards, Director of Finance: $5,000, with reported total compensation of $170,877; and
(7) Corey Lutsky, Director of Information Technology: $2,500, with reported total compensation of $190,420.

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