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American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA)

CharityWatch report issued
October 2022

Top-Rated Charity
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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 05/31/2021

Program Percentage: 80%

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: $5

How many dollars American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) 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 Near East Refugee Aid IRS Form 990 52-0882226
American Near East Refugee Aid Audited Financial Statements 52-0882226
Entity: American Near East Refugee Aid
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 52-0882226
Entity: American Near East Refugee Aid
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 52-0882226

Governance & Transparency

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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 Sean Carroll President/CEO $311,573
2 Donna L. Diane CFO $217,154
3 John Byrne Country Director West Bank/Gaza $196,907
Name: Sean Carroll
Title: President/CEO
Compensation: $311,573
Name: Donna L. Diane
Title: CFO
Compensation: $217,154
Name: John Byrne
Title: Country Director West Bank/Gaza
Compensation: $196,907

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, 2021 (Note 9, Non-Financial Contributions), ANERA recognized non-financial (or in-kind) contributions in fiscal 2021 on which it placed a total value of $91,360,710. The in-kind contributions received included $86,624,703 in donated drugs and medical supplies, according to the ANERA fiscal 2021 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, 2021 (Note 1 re: Deferred revenue):

"Deferred revenue consists of cash received for grant advances and contributions to support events in future periods, which have not yet been expended.

"The deferred revenue balance at May 31, 2020 includes $249,010 that was received as part of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds received from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in May 2020 to support U.S.-based salaries. During the years ended May 31, 2021 and 2020, Anera received $0 and $384,280 of PPP funds, respectively. These funds were recorded as deferred revenue until the condition was met and revenue was recognized. During the years ended May 31, 2021 and 2020, $249,010 and $135,270, respectively, was recognized as unrestricted revenue in the [audited] statements of activities as all conditions were met. Subsequent to May 31, 2021, Anera's PPP loan was forgiven in full."

According to the American Near East Refugee Aid (Anera) audit of May 31, 2021 (Note 11, Contingencies):

"Management is continually monitoring the potential impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on Anera. Management will review and adjust planned operations should it be determined the outbreak will significantly impact the financial position and activities of Anera."

According to the American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) audit of May 31, 2021 (Note 6, Accrued Benefits), ANERA reports accrued severance in the amount of $1,074,538 at May 31, 2021, and regarding the accrued severance, ANERA notes:

"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. At May 31, 2021 and 2020, accrued severance was fully funded."

Also according to Note 6 of the ANERA fiscal 2021 audit: "During the years ended May 31, 2021 and 2020, termination benefits of $100,805 and $111,538, respectively, were paid."