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Episcopal Relief & Development

CharityWatch report issued
May 2023

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

Episcopal Relief & Development
815 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10017

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

A compassionate response of the Episcopal Church to human suffering; facilitates healthier, more fulfilling lives in communities struggling with hunger, poverty, disaster and disease worldwide.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2021

Program Percentage: 84%

The percentage of Episcopal Relief & Development's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $11

How many dollars Episcopal Relief & Development 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
Episcopal Relief & Development IRS Form 990 73-1635264
Episcopal Relief & Development Audited Financial Statements 73-1635264
Entity: Episcopal Relief & Development
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 73-1635264
Entity: Episcopal Relief & Development
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 73-1635264

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.
This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
Episcopal Relief & Development
meets governance benchmarks.
Episcopal Relief & Development
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 Rev. Michael B. Curry Ex-Officio/Honorary Chair $426,984
2 Robert W. Radtke Ex-Officio & President/CEO $384,240
3 N. Kurt Barnes Ex-Officio/CFO $332,085
Name: Rev. Michael B. Curry
Title: Ex-Officio/Honorary Chair
Compensation: $426,984
Name: Robert W. Radtke
Title: Ex-Officio & President/CEO
Compensation: $384,240
Name: N. Kurt Barnes
Title: Ex-Officio/CFO
Compensation: $332,085

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 Episcopal Relief & Development audit of December 31, 2021 (Note 2 re: Contributed Services), the Organization received in-kind contributed services in 2021 on which it placed a total value of $1,212,471. "Such contributed services include office space, payroll, financial management and accounting, human resources benefits management, and building maintenance provided by the Society [the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the United Sates of America] and outside legal 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 Episcopal Relief & Development audit of December 31, 2021 (Note 6, COVID-19 and Payroll Protection Program Loan):

"The Organization received a loan of $1,207,245 under the Paycheck Protection Program ('PPP') under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ('CARES Act'). Forgiveness of the full amount of the loan was approved by the Small Business Association [sic] on May 23, 2021. This is reflected as PPP Loan Forgiveness on the statements of activities for the year ended December 31, 2021."

According to the Episcopal Relief & Development audit of December 31, 2021 (Note 11, Commitments):

"Effective January 1, 2016, the Organization entered into an agreement with the Executive council of the Episcopal Church ('Executive Council') and the Society [the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the United Sates of America] regarding the working relationship between the Organization and Executive Council and the Society. This agreement supersedes agreements from 2002, 2007 and 2011. The current agreement extends through December 31, 2021.

"The agreement identifies the range of financial, accounting, building services, technology, human resources and investment services that the Society will provide at no cost to the Organization... The agreement also includes a three-year lease for the Organization's current office suite that commenced on January 1, 2016. The value of the lease is calculated at a monthly rate of $27,186. This monthly rate is payable solely from the grant authorized by the General Convention of The Episcopal Church in its 2016 to 2018 budget. The rent is offset against the grant, such that neither the rent nor the grant is paid in cash, and the Organization has no obligation to pay rent during the lease term.

"In addition, on October 19, 2018, the Organization entered into a similar agreement for a three-year lease term for the period January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2021. The value of this lease is calculated at a monthly rate of $28,851. This monthly rate is payable solely from the grant authorized by the General Convention of The Episcopal Church in its 2019 to 2021 budget. As of December 31, 2021 and 2020, the Organization recognized a contributed rent receivable of $0 and $346,212, respectively, for the remaining term of this lease.

"On September 17, 2021 the Organization renewed its agreement for a one-year lease term for the period January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022. The value of this lease is calculated at a monthly rate of $29,716.50. This monthly rate is payable solely from the grant authorized by the General Convention of The Episcopal Church in its 2022 to 2024 budget."

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