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Children's Leukemia Research Association

CharityWatch report issued
August 2017

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

Children's Leukemia Research Association
585 Stewart Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530

Other Names

Leukemia Research Association
National Leukemia Research Association

Tax Status


Stated Mission

To raise funds to support research efforts into the causes & cure of leukemia, and to provide assistance in meeting the expenses incurred in leukemia treatment.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2016

Program Percentage: 20%

The percentage of Children's Leukemia Research Association's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $76

How many dollars Children's Leukemia Research Association 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
Children's Leukemia Research Association IRS Form 990 11-2106778
Children's Leukemia Research Association Audited Financial Statements 11-2106778
Entity: Children's Leukemia Research Association
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 11-2106778
Entity: Children's Leukemia Research Association
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 11-2106778

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.
Children's Leukemia Research Association
does not meet governance benchmarks.
Children's Leukemia Research Association
does not meet 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

Unable to Provide Salaries

CharityWatch is unable to provide a range of Top Three Salaries for this charity for the above fiscal reporting year because we lack complete salary data for the organization. Except for officers, directors, and trustees, the IRS does not require breakouts of salaries totaling less than $100,000.

For example, XYZ charity would be required to provide a breakout in its tax form of compensation to its president of $55,000, but would not be required to provide a breakout of $99,000 in compensation to its top medical researcher if that person is not also an officer, director, or trustee of the organization.

This charity reports that compensation to its officers, directors, and trustees is under $100,000 per individual. Donors who would like to view limited salary data for this organization should refer to its tax form, which may be available on the charity's web site or from a number of third-party sources. See CharityWatch's Links page for information on obtaining copies of charity tax forms.

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 Children's Leukemia Research Association audit of December 31, 2016 (Note 9(B), Management Consultant & Note 9(E), Retirement/Termination Benefit):

"The Organization paid its Executive Director's consulting company $82,476 and $70,500 in 2016 and 2015, respectively. On February 4, 2016, the Executive Director passed away...and, subsequently, the Board elected a replacement and has paid him $25,000 in 2016."

"In 2008, the Organization established a retirement/termination benefit for all eligible employees. Any employee who works a minimum of 20 hours a week and has completed 10 years of service will receive a check in the amount of one week pay for every year of service from the first day of employment. In April 2016 the Organization paid the deceased Executive Director's consulting company a benefit of $70,726..."
According to the Children's Leukemia Research Association audit of December 31, 2016 (Note 9(D), Telemarketing Campaign):

"...Effective March 1, 2014, the Organization entered into an agreement with a new telemarketing firm to continue expanding its donor base. The initial term of this agreement expired on December 31, 2014. Following the completion of the initial term, this agreement continues in force for a period of (30) months. This agreement will automatically renew every other year for two (2) year periods unless either party provides written notice of non-renewal to the other party not less than 120 days prior to the expiration of the current renewal term.

"During the year ended December 31, 2016, the Organization received contributions of $2,199,371 against fund raising and bank fees of $1,849,657 for net contributions of $349,714. The net amount represents 44.9% of total support and other income net of fund raising fees and bank fees received by the Organization for the period..."
According to the Children's Leukemia Research Association audit of December 31, 2016 (Note 9(C), Contingency):

"The Organization is a beneficiary under the will of the late John Misko. They are involved in a formal administration proceeding in the County of St. Lucie, State of Florida which has had no recent activity. The Organization has pursued its right as beneficiary in regard to the title to certain real property located in New Jersey. In 2007, the Organization incurred $45,000 of costs for environmental cleanup... The attorney for the Estate's personal representative at the time notified the beneficiaries by letter dated January 26, 2016 that the Paramus, New Jersey property had been sold on January 5, 2016. On May 16, 2016, the Organization received a distribution of $165,000 as its share of the net proceeds of the sale. However, a tenant of the real property filed a lawsuit in New Jersey against the Estate, which asserts personal injury claims and contract claims. The suit is being vigorously defended by the Estate. Although the Organization is not a party to this suit, the Estate's attorney has stated that in the event a judgment is entered against the Estate not covered by the liability insurance policy, the Estate may seek from the beneficiaries a return of some or all of the amounts distributed. However, it is not possible to determine the outcome at this time."

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