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American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA)

CharityWatch report issued
May 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 Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA)
1111 14th Street NW
Suite 400
Washington , DC 20005

Other Names


Tax Status




Stated Mission

To address the development and humanitarian needs of Palestinians and other communities in the Middle East.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 05/31/2018

Program Percentage: 85%

The percentage of American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA)'s cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $9

How many dollars American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

25% to 49%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
American Near East Refugee Aid Audited Financial Statements 52-0882226
American Near East Refugee Aid IRS Form 990 52-0882226
Entity: American Near East Refugee Aid
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 52-0882226
Entity: American Near East Refugee Aid
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 52-0882226

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 Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA)
meets governance benchmarks.
American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA)
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 No Sharing  

  Name Title Compensation
1 Paul Butler Country Director, West Bank/Gaza $225,265
2 Donna L. Diane CFO $200,423
3 Ellen Giordano VP $195,738
Name: Paul Butler
Title: Country Director, West Bank/Gaza
Compensation: $225,265
Name: Donna L. Diane
Title: CFO
Compensation: $200,423
Name: Ellen Giordano
Title: VP
Compensation: $195,738

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 Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) audit of May 31, 2018 (Note 7, Gifts-in-Kind Contributions), ANERA recognized gifts-in-kind contributions in fiscal 2018 on which it placed a total value of $43,348,377. The gifts-in-kind received included $39,828,623 in donated drugs and medical supplies, according to the ANERA fiscal 2018 tax filing (IRS Form 990, Schedule M).

[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 Near East Refugee Aid (Anera) audit of May 31, 2018 (Note 1, Subsequent events):

"Subsequent to May 31, 2018, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) notified Anera of their determination that a contractor became ineligible to receive payment. Anera has submitted a formal dispute to USAID in the matter."
According to the American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) audit of May 31, 2018 (Note 5, Accrued Benefits):

"The law operative in Jerusalem, West Bank, Gaza and Lebanon dictates that upon retirement, an employee shall receive a defined end-of-service indemnity benefit. The benefit is calculated based on one month of the employee's salary rate as of the end-of-service and multiplied by the number of years of service. Accrued severance was $2,693,539 and $2,392,740 at May 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively. Of that, $2,693,539 and $2,392,740 was funded via money market funds included with cash and cash equivalents at May 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively.

"During the years ended May 31, 2018 and 2017, termination benefits of $38,646 and $359,333, respectively, were paid."

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