Ratings & Metrics
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Governance & Transparency
|1||Randi Dubno Gardner||Director of Development||$252,426|
|2||Betty Ehrenberg||Executive Director||$250,590|
|3||Janice Wolpo||Director of Campaign Relations/Communications||$217,348|
Name: Randi Dubno Gardner
Title: Director of Development
Name: Betty Ehrenberg
Title: Executive Director
Name: Janice Wolpo
Title: Director of Campaign Relations/Communications
CharityWatch is unable to provide a complete rating of World Jewish Congress (American Section) due to how the organization is structured, as described below.
According to the World Jewish Congress (American Section) audit of December 31, 2020 (Note A-1, The Organization):
"The American Section is an affiliate of the World Jewish Congress (the 'WJC'), which is a Swiss voluntary organization with representative offices and regional branches in various countries around the world. These affiliates, including the American Section and the World Jewish Congress LLC (the 'LLC'), as described below, are subject to their own independent audits and filings in their countries of registration. The criteria of control and financial dependence that are required for the consolidation of financial statements have not been met, and the American Section does not include the financial position, operations, or cash flows of any foreign or domestic affiliate in the financial statements...
"During 2012, the American Section began fund-raising in the United States for one of its programs, which is the support of the WJC; previously, such fund-raising efforts had been conducted by a now-discontinued former affiliate. The American Section currently distributes all of its grants to the WJC, which operates in the United States through the LLC, a Delaware limited liability company which has the WJC as its sole member... The LLC, in turn, distributes grants to appropriate affiliated and non-affiliated entities."
To summarize, World Jewish Congress (American Section) fundraises in the U.S. to support its Swiss affiliate organization, the World Jewish Congress, which operates in the U.S. through the World Jewish Congress LLC. In 2020, 100% of the program grants made by the American Section went to the related LLC entity, according to the American Section's 2020 IRS Form 990 tax filing. The $17.8 million granted to the LLC represented approximately 93% and 77% of the American Section's program spending (after adjusting for joint costs) and total expenses, respectively, in 2020.
CharityWatch's methodology is not designed to measure how efficiently one entity of a charity grants funds to one of its affiliate organizations. For this reason, since the vast majority of the World Jewish Congress (American Section)'s program spending consists of grants to the related LLC entity, we do not believe it is fair to publish a Program % for World Jewish Congress (American Section) alongside those of other charities that conduct their own programs and/or primarily make grants to other, independent charities.
However, given that World Jewish Congress (American Section) publishes its own, separate financial statements and functions as a fundraising arm for the affiliated WJC organization, CharityWatch is able to provide a Cost to Raise $100 ratio for World Jewish Congress (American Section):
For the year-ended 12/31/2020, World Jewish Congress (American Section) spent a reasonable $15 to raise each $100 in public support.
The $15 Cost to Raise $100 was adjusted by CharityWatch for Joint Costs. If you are a donor who considers direct mail, telemarketing, and other joint cost solicitations to be true charitable programs, the unadjusted Cost to Raise $100 for the American Section in 2020 is $7. [More information on CharityWatch's treatment of Joint Costs can be found on the Our Process page.]
According to the World Jewish Congress (American Section) audit of December 31, 2020 (Note H, Concentration of Revenues):
"During 2020 and 2019, the American Section received donations of approximately $8,336,000 and $10,592,000, respectively, from one donor, representing approximately 48% and 50%, respectively, of total revenues received during the same period. These contributions are concentrations of revenues to the American Section, and the American Section's operations may be significantly affected should this level of funding cease."
According to the World Jewish Congress (American Section) audit of December 31, 2020 (Note L, Other Uncertainty):
"The extent of the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the American Section's programming, operational and financial performance is uncertain and will depend on the continued future developments of the outbreak and external restrictions imposed. The potential economic impact brought by, and the duration of, the COVID-19 pandemic is difficult to assess or predict, and may have an adverse impact on the American Section's operations."