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City Harvest

CharityWatch report issued
May 2024

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

City Harvest
6 East 32nd Street
5th Floor
New York, NY 10016

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

To end hunger in communities throughout New York City through food rescue and distribution, education, and other practical, innovative solutions.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 06/30/2023

Program Percentage: 76%

The percentage of City Harvest's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $23

How many dollars City Harvest 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
City Harvest Audited Financial Statements 13-3170676
City Harvest IRS Form 990 13-3170676
Entity: City Harvest
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 13-3170676
Entity: City Harvest
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 13-3170676

Governance & Transparency

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City Harvest
meets governance benchmarks.
City Harvest
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
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  Name Title Compensation
1 Jilly Stephens CEO $593,563
2 Jennifer McLean COO $425,302
3 Renee Richardson CFAO $383,942
Name: Jilly Stephens
Title: CEO
Compensation: $593,563
Name: Jennifer McLean
Title: COO
Compensation: $425,302
Name: Renee Richardson
Title: CFAO
Compensation: $383,942

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 City Harvest audit of June 30, 2023 (Note 7, In-Kind Contributions), City Harvest received approximately 78 million pounds of donated food on which it placed a total value of $136,307,982 during fiscal 2023. In addition, City Harvest received donated in-kind advertising and legal services in fiscal 2023 on which it placed a total value of $2,852,933, including $2,715,110 in "donated advertising services."

[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 City Harvest tax filing for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2023, City Harvest reports re: Compensation, Supplemental Information (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part III):

Regarding nonfixed payments to officers, directors, trustees, key employees and highest compensated employees (Schedule J, Part I, Line 7):

"City Harvest offers its employees a non-fixed discretionary bonus if certain performance metrics are met:  a revenue goal metric and a 'pounds-rescued' metric. If those metrics are met, the CEO, Ms. Stephens, makes recommendations to the executive committee of the board of the bonuses that should be awarded. The executive committee has the discretion to make adjustments to those bonuses as needed.

The CEO's annual bonus is not a non-fixed payment as her annual bonus is fixed and determined by the terms of her employment contract."

City Harvest reports "Bonus & incentive compensation" payments to ten individuals in calendar year 2022. The top three bonus payments are as follows:

(1) Jilly Stephens, CEO, received a bonus payment of $100,000, with reported total compensation of $593,563. 
(2) Jennifer McLean, COO, received a bonus payment of $40,000, with reported total compensation of $425,302.
(3) Renee Richardson, CFAO, received a bonus payment of $40,000, with reported total compensation of $383,942.

The remaining "Bonus & incentive compensation" payments ranged from $7,400 to $40,000. The reported total compensation in calendar year 2022 for those seven individuals ranges from $203,029 to $375,925 (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II).