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CharityWatch report issued
January 2020

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

1300 Spring Street
Suite 500
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Other Names

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society

Tax Status




Stated Mission

To rescue people whose lives are in danger for being who they are. Protects the most vulnerable refugees, helping them build new lives & reuniting them with their families in safety & freedom; advocates for the protection of refugees & asylum-seekers; and assures that displaced people are treated with the dignity they deserve.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2018

Program Percentage: 75%

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


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $9

How many dollars HIAS spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

25% to 49%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
HIAS Consolidated Audited Financial Statements Multiple
HIAS IRS Form 990 13-5633307
Entity: HIAS
Document Type: Consolidated Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: Multiple
Entity: HIAS
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 13-5633307

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?
meets governance benchmarks.
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

  Name Title Compensation
1 Mark Hetfield President/CEO $330,229
2 Melanie Nezer Senior VP, Public Affairs $252,334
3 Farhan Irshad COO $249,040
Name: Mark Hetfield
Title: President/CEO
Compensation: $330,229
Name: Melanie Nezer
Title: Senior VP, Public Affairs
Compensation: $252,334
Name: Farhan Irshad
Title: COO
Compensation: $249,040

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.

CharityWatch's rating of HIAS includes the accounts of HIAS's domestic and international operations offices, which are consolidated in the HIAS audited financial statements for the year-ended December 31, 2018, according to Note 1 of the HIAS consolidated audit. All material interoffice balances and transactions have been eliminated in the audit consolidation.

According to the HIAS consolidated audit of December 31, 2018 (Note 9, Concentration Risk):

"The most significant source of HIAS's revenue are grants from the U.S. Government. In 2018, HIAS received $15,578,701 and $3,560,036 from the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, respectively, accounting for approximately 31% and 7%, respectively, of total revenues and other support..."

According to the HIAS 2018 tax filing, HIAS 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):

"With the approval of the board, management awarded a flat bonus to all staff for exceptional work during the year."

The "flat bonus" amount was $1,200, according to the "Bonus & incentive compensation" for Officers, Directors, Trustees, Key Employees, and Highest Compensated Employees reported by HIAS (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II).

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