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Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

CharityWatch report issued
January 2022

Top-Rated Charity
A
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
 
84%
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
 
$9
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
116 East 16th Street
7th Floor
New York, NY 10003

Other Names

Astraea Foundation
International Trans Fund
Lesbians Who Tech
Pipeline Project
UHAI: East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative

Tax Status

501(c)3

Stated Mission

Works exclusively to advance LGBTQI rights around the world; serves as a feminist social justice hub working side-by-side with grantee and donor partners to achieve racial, economic, social and gender justice worldwide.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 06/30/2020

Program Percentage: 84%

The percentage of Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).

$13,000,000

Calculated Total Expenses

(rounded)

 

Cost to Raise $100: $9

How many dollars Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.

$13,000,000

Calculated Total Contributions

(rounded)

Government Funding

25% to 49%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources

 

Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice IRS Form 990 13-2992977
Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice Audited Financial Statements 13-2992977
Entity: Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 13-2992977
Entity: Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 13-2992977

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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Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
meets governance benchmarks.
 
Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
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

  Name Title Compensation
1 Jennifer Alotta Past Executive Director $370,375
  Note: Includes a $220,834 severance package.
2 Kerry Jo Ford Lyn Director of LGBTI Global Human Rights Initiative $227,511
3 Sandra Nathan Interim Executive Director $174,150
1
Name: Jennifer Alotta
Title: Past Executive Director
Compensation: $370,375
Note: Includes a $220,834 severance package.
2
Name: Kerry Jo Ford Lyn
Title: Director of LGBTI Global Human Rights Initiative
Compensation: $227,511
3
Name: Sandra Nathan
Title: Interim Executive Director
Compensation: $174,150

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 Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice audit of June 30, 2020 (Note 13, Fiscal Sponsorship):

"Astraea is the fiscal sponsor of International Trans Fund, Lesbians Who Tech, The Pipeline Project, and The UHAI: East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative. Astraea retains a portion of funds raised toward these sponsored projects to cover its administrative costs. The net assets for these sponsored projects are reflected in the accompanying [audited] financial statements as net assets with donor restrictions."

[CharityWatch's fiscal 2020 rating of Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice includes the financial activities of Astraea's sponsored projects listed above in Note 13.]

According to the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice audited Statement of Activities for the year ended June 30, 2020, Astraea reports receiving in-kind contributions on which it placed a total value of $10,015,800. The in-kind contributions received represented "donated program costs by implementing partners in connection with the [LGBTI Global Human Rights] Partnership Program," according to Note 14 of the Astraea fiscal 2020 audit.

[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 Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice audit of June 30, 2020 (Note 12, Loan Payable – Paycheck Protection Program):

"On May 1, 2020, Astraea received a loan totaling $617,468 under the Paycheck Protection Program administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The loan bears interest at 1% per annum, is due on April 8, 2022 and may be forgiven if Astraea meets certain retention requirements and the funds are used for eligible expenses. On July 28, 2021, the entire loan was forgiven."

According to the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice audit of June 30, 2020 (Note 17, Risks and Uncertainties):

"In March 2020, the United States declared the global pandemic COVID-19 outbreak a national emergency. A foundation relief grant in the amount of $10,000 and loan proceeds of $617,468 have been received under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act... Management has revised the financial forecast to reduce expanses relative to expected revenue that will enable Astraea to operate for a prolonged period of economic uncertainty and deferred programs. With these steps and continuing oversight, management believes that its resources are sufficient to sustain ongoing operations."

According to the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice tax filing for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020, Astraea 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):

"Jennifer Alotta received a severance package in the amount of $220,834 in fiscal year 2019."

[Jennifer Alotta is reported as Executive Director "(to Jul 2019)," with total compensation of $370,375 in calendar year 2019 (Schedule J, Part II).]


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