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Oxfam-America

CharityWatch report issued
September 2018

Top-Rated Charity
A-
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
 
75%
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
 
$17
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Oxfam-America
226 Causeway St.
5th Floor
Boston, MA 02114

Other Names

None

Tax Status

501(c)3

Stated Mission

To create lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice; with individuals & local groups in more than 90 countries, saves lives, helps people overcome poverty, and fights for social justice.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 03/31/2018

Program Percentage: 75%

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

$88,000,000

Calculated Total Expenses

(rounded)

 

Cost to Raise $100: $17

How many dollars Oxfam-America spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.

$90,000,000

Calculated Total Contributions

(rounded)

Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources

 

Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Oxfam-America & Affiliates Audited Consolidated Financial Statements Multiple
Oxfam-America IRS Form 990 23-7069110
Entity: Oxfam-America & Affiliates
Document Type: Audited Consolidated Financial Statements
Tax ID: Multiple
Entity: Oxfam-America
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 23-7069110

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?
 
Oxfam-America
meets governance benchmarks.
 
Oxfam-America
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 Opt-Out Policy  

  Name Title Compensation
1 Raymond C. Offenheiser Past President $407,815
2 James Daniell Past COO $371,602
3 Shelley Goode VP, Resource Development $283,314
1
Name: Raymond C. Offenheiser
Title: Past President
Compensation: $407,815
2
Name: James Daniell
Title: Past COO
Compensation: $371,602
3
Name: Shelley Goode
Title: VP, Resource Development
Compensation: $283,314

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 Oxfam-America includes the financial activities of the 501(c)(3) public charity entity (tax ID #23-7069110).

The rating does not include the financial activities of the related 501(c)(4) tax-exempt, social welfare organization, Oxfam America Action Fund (tax ID #20-1971032). CharityWatch does not rate the Action Fund, which is relatively small in terms of revenue and expenses, at this time.

Should CharityWatch rate Oxfam America Action Fund in the future, we will issue a separate rating due to the different treatment of 501(c)(4) organizations under the IRS tax code. For more information on the different types of nonprofit organizations, please see our sections on Types of Non-Profits and Tax Status, which can be found by clicking on "Criteria & Methodology" under the "About Us" navigation header.


According to the Oxfam-America (OA) consolidated audit of March 31, 2018 (Note 1), OA describes its organizational structure as follows:

"OA is a member of Oxfam International, which is a non-profit organization registered in the Netherlands, comprised of twenty independent organizations around the world. OA's chair is a member of the Oxfam International Board of Supervisors. Each Oxfam International member organization has one vote on the Oxfam International Board of Supervisors..."
According to the Oxfam-America consolidated audit of March 31, 2018 (Note 11, Direct Grants to Partners):

Included in Oxfam-America's program service expenses during the year ended March 31, 2018 are "direct development, advocacy and humanitarian grants provided to partners" that totaled $26,062,000. These direct grants were distributed in the following amounts by country/region of impact: (1) $3,283,000 to Regions of Asia and the Pacific; (2) $10,672,000 to Regions of Africa; (3) $5,884,000 to Latin America and Caribbean; (4) $5,272,000 to Global Programs; and (5) $951,000 to United States & U.S. Territories.
According to the Oxfam-America (OA) consolidated audit of March 31, 2018 (Note 9, Donated Services):

"OA received and recognized contributed services and materials (primarily legal services) of approximately $1,301,000 and $706,000 for the years ended March 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively..."

[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 Oxfam-America (OA) tax filing for the fiscal year-ended March 31, 2018 (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part III) re: Compensation, Supplemental Information:

"OA undertook reorganization in which some long-term staff received compensation packages in the form of severance. As a result, James Daniell received severance for the amount of $133,654, Mark Aherrera received severance for the amount of $73,179, and Lisa Tellekson received severance for the amount of $69,547...

"Ray Offenheiser retired as President and CEO in June 2017 and continued in full time employment through September 2017 to assist in transition to the new President and CEO, Abby Maxman. Ray received $48,120 upon his retirement for vacation he had earned and not taken."

[...]

"Abby Maxman [President (joined June 2017)] received a one-time taxable payment of $25,000 towards her relocation costs. Shelley Goode [VP, Resource Development] received a one-time taxable payment of $20,000 towards her relocation costs."


Regarding the individuals noted above who received severance, James Daniell is reported as Chief Operating Officer (until 7/17), Mark Aherrera is reported as IT Director (until 8/17), and Lisa Tellekson is reported as Director, Individual Giving (until 8/17). Their respective reported total compensation, including the severance, is $371,602, $205,392, and $182,808 for the calendar year 2017 (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II).