CharityWatch is unable to provide a complete rating of the United States Association for UNHCR (The Association) due to how the organization is structured. The Association raises funds from the public then later makes grants to a separate agency, the UNHCR. The UNHCR then uses the grants it receives from the Association, along with revenues from other sources, to carry out its humanitarian efforts.
The UNHCR is not a charity, but rather a multi-lateral government agency made up of government members from many countries around the world. CharityWatch's methodology is designed to evaluate charitable organizations, not governmental agencies, and therefore cannot be applied in a meaningful or consistent way to judge the efficiency with which the UNHCR spends funds in support of its humanitarian efforts.
United States Association for UNHCR spends a comparatively small amount of funds on programs (approximately $8.3 million in 2020) once program spending that consists of cash grants to UNHCR (over $27 million in 2020) are excluded. In short, The Association constructively functions as the U.S. based fundraising arm for the UNHCR. In 2020, The Association transferred to UNHCR approximately $27.0 million of the approximately $45.0 million in cash funds it raised.
For this reason, CharityWatch is able to provide a Cost to Raise $100 fundraising ratio for The Association:
For the year-ended 12/31/2020, the United States Association for UNHCR spent approximately $18.9 million on fundraising to raise approximately $45.0 million in cash contributions. This equates to spending about $42 to raise each $100 in cash donations.
CharityWatch, however, is unable to provide a Program % for the United States Association for UNHCR, as we do not believe it is fair to publish this ratio alongside those of other charities that conduct their own programs and/or primarily make grants to other, independent charities.
CharityWatch's inability to provide a complete rating of the United States Association for UNHCR is strictly due to how the organization is structured. The Association posts its audited financial statements on its website at www.unrefugees.org for those donors who are interested in reviewing additional information about its financial activities.
According to the United States Association for UNHCR (The Association) audit of December 31, 2020 (Note 1 re: In-kind contributions), The Association received in-kind contributions in 2020 on which it placed a total value of $41,057,050. The in-kind contributions "consisted of donated face shields, clothing, transportation services, shipping costs, and professional 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 United States Association for UNHCR audit of December 31, 2020 (Note 10, Loan Payable):
"On May 4, 2020, USA for UNHCR received loan proceeds in the amount of $1,082,100 under the Paycheck Protection Program. The promissory note calls for monthly principal and interest payments amortized over the term of the promissory note with a deferral of payments for the first six months. Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the promissory note may be forgiven by the Small Business Administration in whole or in part. USA for UNHCR intends to use the proceeds for purposes consistent with the Paycheck Protection Program and believes that its use of the loan proceeds will meet the conditions for forgiveness of the loan. USA for UNHCR intends to apply for forgiveness after completing the 24-week period. If forgiveness is granted, USA for UNHCR will record revenue from debt extinguishment during the period that forgiveness is approved."
According to the United States Association for UNHCR (The Association) 2020 tax filing, The Association reports re: Compensation, Supplemental Information (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part III):
Regarding severance payments to officers, directors, trustees, key employees and highest compensated employees (Schedule J, Part I, Line 4a):
"Severance payments are reported in Part II, column (B)(iii) ['Other reportable compensation']."
The Association reports dollar amounts for two individuals on Schedule J, Part II in column (B)(iii), "Other reportable compensation": (1) $52,282 paid to Lisa Meadowcroft, Chief Dev. Officer (until 9/2020); and (2) $44,096 paid to Elizabeth Marks, Dir. Community Fundr. (until 11/2020). The reported total compensation for the individuals in 2020 is $259,825 and $234,601, respectively (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II).
Regarding nonfixed payments to officers, directors, trustees, key employees and highest compensated employees (Schedule J, Part I, Line 7):
"Bonus compensation is reported in Part II, column (B)(ii) ['Bonus & incentive compensation']."
The Association reports dollar amounts for five individuals on Schedule J, Part II in column (B)(ii),"Bonus & incentive compensation," including $47,348 paid to Anne-Marie Grey, Executive Director and CEO, whose reported total compensation in 2020 is $443,183. The other four individuals received "Bonus & incentive compensation" payments ranging from $16,349 to $14,308; their associated reported total compensation in 2020 ranged from $291,381 to $229,205 (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II).