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American Jewish World Service

CharityWatch report issued
December 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 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 04/30/2022

Program Percentage: 78%

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: $17

How many dollars American Jewish World Service spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Joint Costs

American Jewish World Service'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
79% $16
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 World Service IRS Form 990 22-2584370
American Jewish World Service Audited Financial Statements 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

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.
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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
Privacy Policy
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  Name Title Compensation
1 Robert Bank President/CEO $401,453
2 Margo Bloom VP for Development $379,016
3 Shari Turitz VP for Programs $314,905
Name: Robert Bank
Title: President/CEO
Compensation: $401,453
Name: Margo Bloom
Title: VP for Development
Compensation: $379,016
Name: Shari Turitz
Title: VP for Programs
Compensation: $314,905

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, 2022 (Note 14, Donated Services and Goods), AJWS received in-kind donated services and goods in fiscal 2022 on which it placed a total value of $671,938, including $384,710 in "Donated online-advertisement service."

[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 American Jewish World Service (AJWS) audit of April 30, 2022 (Note 19, Collective Bargaining Agreement)

"As of April 30, 2022 approximately 39% of the Organization's employees are union employees covered under a collective bargaining agreement set to expire on August 31, 2025. The agreement covers provisions including, but not limited to , annual wage increases, health insurance benefits, retirement plan benefits, leave policies and support for professional development."

According the American Jewish World Service (AJWS) audit of April 30, 2022 (Note 18, Loan Payable):

"On March 13, 2020, the United States declared a national emergency over the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security ('CARES') Act was passed by Congress and signed into law on March 27, 2020. ... Under the CARES Act, the Department of Treasury implemented the Small Business Administration's ('SBA') Paycheck Protection Program ('PPP'), which provides loans for businesses, nonprofits and other organizations with 500 or fewer employees that meet specific eligibility requirements. Under the Act, SBA may forgive loans if beneficiary organizations meet the criteria determined by the SBA. On April 6, 2020, AJWS applied for the SBA's PPP and was granted approval. AJWS received loan proceeds totaling $2,132,540 on April 10, 2020. AJWS is accounting for the loan monies received as a loan payable until such time the conditions for recognition as revenue have been satisfied. AJWS applied for loan forgiveness on July, 2021 and was granted full forgiveness on August 6, 2021."

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