Mission: Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta cares for, connects, and strengthens the Jewish community throughout Greater Atlanta, Israel and the world. As our community's philanthropic champion, its incubator for new ideas, and as an amplifier for impact, we collaborate with more than 40 partner agencies and organizations. From older adult care, to disabilities inclusion, from job training to Jewish education, from teen engagement to at-risk counseling, we care for the vulnerable, and strengthen our people around the world.
Collectively, we strive to build a thriving and connected 21st Century Jewish Atlanta where all Jews and their loved ones can access warm and caring Jewish community, timeless Jewish wisdom, global Jewish peoplehood and Jewish ways to do good in the world.

Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1968, and donations are tax-deductible.

Is this your nonprofit? Access your Star Rating Portal to submit data and edit your profile.


Contact Information

  http://www.jewishatlanta.org/

 The Selig Center
1440 Spring Street, NW
Atlanta GA 30309  

  404-873-1661


You are viewing this organization's new Charity Navigator profile page. To view the legacy version, click here.

Star Rating System by Charity Navigator


Charity Navigator evaluates a nonprofit organization’s financial health including measures of stability, efficiency and sustainability. We also track accountability and transparency policies to ensure the good governance and integrity of the organization.




Exceptional

This charity's score is 97.17, earning it a 4-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity. 

This score is calculated from two sub-scores:

This score represents Form 990 data from 2019, the latest year published by the IRS.

View this organization’s historical ratings.


Back to Top

Star Rated Report

This beta feature is currently viewable only on desktop or tablet screens. Check back later for updates.

Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

95.4%


The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s).


This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver. Dividing a charity's average program expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Administrative Expenses

2.3%


As reported by charities on their IRS Form 990, this measure reflects what percent of its total budget a charity spends on overhead, administrative staff and associated costs, and organizational meetings. Dividing a charity's average administrative expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Expenses

2.2%


This measure reflects what a charity spends to raise money. Fundraising expenses can include campaign printing, publicity, mailing, and staffing and costs incurred in soliciting donations, memberships, and grants. Dividing a charity's average fundraising expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

21.0%


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).


Part of our goal in rating the financial performance of charities is to help donors assess the financial capacity and sustainability of a charity. As do organizations in other sectors, charities must be mindful of their management of total liabilites in relation to their total assets. This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and or long term sustainability. Dividing a charity's total liabilities by its total assets yields this percentage.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Efficiency

$0.01


The amount spent to raise $1 in charitable contributions. To calculate a charity's fundraising efficiency, we divide its average fundraising expenses by the average total contributions it receives. We calculate the charity's average expenses and average contributions over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Working Capital Ratio

3.25 years


Determines how long a charity could sustain its level of spending using its net available assets, or working capital, as reported on its most recently filed Form 990. We include in a charity's working capital unrestricted and temporarily restricted net assets, and exclude permanently restricted net assets. Dividing these net available assets in the most recent year by a charity's average total expenses, yields the working capital ratio. We calculate the charity's average total expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Program Expense Growth

64.84%


We compute the average annual growth of program expenses using the following formula: [(Yn/Y0)(1/n)]-1, where Y0 is a charity's program expenses in the first year of the interval analyzed, Yn is the charity's program expenses in the most recent year, and n is the interval of years passed between Y0 and Yn.


Source: IRS Form 990

Governance


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has these governance practices in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990

Governance:
Independent Voting Board Members  ... (More)
No Material Diversion of Assets ... (More)

A diversion of assets – any unauthorized conversion or use of the organization's assets other than for the organization's authorized purposes, including but not limited to embezzlement or theft – can seriously call into question a charity's financial integrity. We check the charity's last two Forms 990 to see if the charity has reported any diversion of assets. If the charity does report a diversion, then we check to see if it complied with the Form 990 instructions by describing what happened and its corrective action. This metric will be assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Full Credit: There has been no diversion of assets within the last two years.

  • Partial Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity has used Schedule O on the Form 990 to explain: the nature of the diversion, the amount of money or property involved and the corrective action taken to address the matter. In this situation, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity's explanation on Schedule O is either non-existent or not sufficient. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
(Less)
Audited Financials Prepared by Independent Accountant ... (More)

Audited financial statements provide important information about financial accountability and accuracy. They should be prepared by an independent accountant with oversight from an audit committee. (It is not necessary that the audit committee be a separate committee. Often at smaller charities, it falls within the responsibilities of the finance committee or the executive committee.) The committee provides an important oversight layer between the management of the organization, which is responsible for the financial information reported, and the independent accountant, who reviews the financials and issues an opinion based on its findings. We check the charity's Form 990 reporting to see if it meets this criteria.

  • Full Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant with an audit oversight committee.

  • Partial Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant, but it did not have an audit oversight committee. In this case, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: The charity did not have its audited financials prepared by an independent accountant. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
(Less)
Does Not Provide Loan(s) to or Receive Loan(s) From Related Parties ... (More)
Documents Board Meeting Minutes ... (More)
Distributes 990 to Board Before Filing ... (More)
Compensates Board ... (More)

Policies


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization has these policies in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Policies:
Conflict of Interest  ... (More)
Whistleblower ... (More)
Records Retention and Destruction ... (More)
CEO Compensation Process ... (More)
Donor Privacy ... (More)

Donors have expressed extreme concern about the use of their personal information by charities and the desire to have this information kept confidential. The exchanging and sale of lists for telemarketing and the mass distribution of "junk mail," among other things, can be minimized if the charity assures the privacy of its donors. Privacy policies are assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Yes: This charity has a written donor privacy policy published on its website, which states unambiguously that (1) it will not share or sell a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations or (2) it will only share or sell personal information once the donor has given the charity specific permission to do so.

  • Opt-out: The charity has a written privacy policy published on its website which enables donors to tell the charity to remove their names and contact information from lists the charity shares or sells. How a donor can have themselves removed from a list differs from one charity to the next, but any and all opt-out policies require donors to take specific action to protect their privacy.
  • No: This charity either does not have a written donor privacy policy in place to protect their contributors' personal information, or the existing policy does not meet our criteria.

The privacy policy must be specific to donor information. A general website policy which references "visitor" or "user" personal information will not suffice. A policy that refers to donor information collected on the website is also not sufficient as the policy must be comprehensive and applicable to both online and offline donors. The existence of a privacy policy of any type does not prohibit the charity itself from contacting the donor for informational, educational, or solicitation purposes.

(Less)

Transparency


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization makes this information easily accessible.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Transparency:
CEO Salary Listed on 990 ... (More)
Board of Directors Listed on Website ... (More)
Key Staff Listed on Website ... (More)
Audited Financial Statements on Website ... (More)
Form 990 Available on Website ... (More)

Additional Information

Unscored

This beta feature is currently viewable only on desktop or tablet screens. Check back later for updates.

Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are this organizations key compensated staff members as identified by our analysts. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



Eric Robbins, President & CEO

$396,432 (0.25% of Total Expenses)


Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2020

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Supplying money, goods or services to the poor (BMF activity code: 560)


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Affiliation:

Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Federation was very fortunate that our fundraising capacity and our capacity to send grants was actually positively impacted due to our role as the builder and supporter of Atlanta's Jewish community.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

Because fundraising is core to Federation's business, we actually were able to tap into our donors to help provide for the community's needs. Due to this and the PPP loan, we were able to retain key staff members to do the work that needed to be done without any negative impact on our financial stability.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

Like the rest of the world, Federation had to adapt to delivering programs virtually. We did this successfully and provided the engagement our community was craving. We were also able to mobilize our donors to help volunteer with our partner organization program delivery doing things such as food deliveries.


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

Because most of our work was being done remotely and we immediately shifted into a virtual work environment to continue our fundraising and program delivery, we also had to shift some of the methods for donation and payment processing and moved a significant amount of things online that were not previously done that way. We also had to make physical adjustments to the building to ensure the safety of employees who did have to come into the building as well as our tenants, and to prepare for a safe eventual return to the office which happened in summer 2020.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

We intend to continue the improved online donation and payment processes that were instituted during COVID. Additionally, while we have returned to some in-person meetings, several of our committee meetings we learned actually work better virtually and we continue to offer opportunities for virtual engagement as appropriate.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
12/23/20202019 97.17
10/1/20192018 96.17
4/1/20192017 97.17
12/1/20182016 95.09
12/1/20162015 93.73
6/1/20162014 91.43
Rating Version: 2.0
11/1/20152014 93.28
11/1/20142013 93.71
12/1/20132012 85.08
10/1/20122011 87.23
11/1/20112010 93.02
9/20/20112009 97.08
Rating Version: 1.0
12/1/20102009 97.80
3/1/20102008 97.05
6/1/20092007 98.76
10/1/20062005 75.04
7/1/20052004 75.78
6/1/20042003 77.57
8/1/20032002 84.91
10/15/20022001 84.99

...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

Learn more about Impact & Results.

Do you work at Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta? Join the waitlist for an updated Impact & Results score.


Back to Top

Additional Information

Unscored

This beta feature is currently viewable only on desktop or tablet screens. Check back later for updates.

Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta reported its three largest programs on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$19,843,142

Spent in most recent FY

50%

Percent of program expenses


ENSURING A JEWISH FUTURE:JEWISH FEDERATION OF GREATER ATLANTA ENSURES A STRONG JEWISH FUTURE BY HELPING TO INSTILL JEWISH PEOPLE WITH A KNOWLEDGE OF AND PASSION FOR OUR HERITAGE AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE. ... (More)


$11,708,119

Spent in most recent FY

29%

Percent of program expenses


CARING FOR JEWS IN NEED:JEWISH FEDERATION OF GREATER ATLANTA CARES FOR JEWS IN NEED IN ORDER TO CREATE A SAFETY NET FOR THE MORE THAN 120,000 JEWS IN ATLANTA, AS WELL AS JEWS WORLDWIDE. WE DO THIS THR ... (More)


$7,550,661

Spent in most recent FY

19%

Percent of program expenses


STRENGTHENING JEWISH COMMUNITY:JEWISH FEDERATION OF GREATER ATLANTA IS ULTIMATELY FOCUSED ON ONE THING - STRENGTHENING THE JEWISH COMMUNITY THAT TIES US ALL TOGETHER AND IS THERE FOR ALL OF US IN A WA ... (More)


...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


Back to Top

Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


To care for, connect, and strengthen our Jewish community throughout greater Atlanta, Israel and the world.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


A thriving and connected 21st Century Jewish Atlanta where every Jew and their loved ones can access warm and caring Jewish community, timeless Jewish wisdom, global Jewish peoplehood, and Jewish ways to do good in the world.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: Increase our effectiveness as a philanthropic champion for our community through best-in-class fundraising and significant growth of Atlanta Jewish Foundation

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Two: Increase our impact as a community champion by strengthening collaborations to set, fund and meet community priorities

Goal Type: New program(s) based on observed changes in needs among our constituencies/communities served.


Goal Three: Optimize infrastructure to ensure efficiency and excellence

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

We hired a new Director of Leadership Development who is responsible for both professional and volunteer leadership development within our organization. Further, given our role within the community, the Director of Leadership Development is also working on community-wide efforts that can lift up professional and volunteer leadership development across the board.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

  • Policy Advocacy

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

Federation serves as a convener for the Jewish community within Atlanta. As such, all of our work is accomplished through partnerships with other nonprofits throughout the community who provide more of the direct services. We intentionally bring together organizations who serve the same sector (ex: preschools, camps, social service agencies) to ensure they are looking at total impact and collaborating to grow that. We provide training in many sectors, including to educators, boards of directors, and security directors. We employ a lobbyist to help advocate for issues that have the biggest effects on our community.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


As soon as the pandemic hit, Federation rallied our community to do what we do best – come together and support one another. We raised $4.3 million in 45 days for our COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. After surveying our partner agencies, Federation planners and a special Task Group created a two-tiered response to disburse the funds to meet human and institutional needs. We also recognized that everyone sheltering at home meant that connection to community needed to be redefined, so our engagement team quickly pivoted all their programming to provide online connection points for families, teens, seniors and other groups craving a community connection. Led by Federation, our community forged an effective support network that tapped the best resources of our Jewish ecosystem to deal with complex pandemic issues. Community experts in medicine, immunology, employment law, and public health came forward with best practices on testing, how to support front-line workers, how to secure and distribute personal protective equipment, and how to plan for safe reopenings. And our donors also stepped up to volunteer. They stocked food pantries and delivered meals. They supported the vulnerable and the homebound. Federation is built for leading our community through both good times and bad times, so when COVID hit we simply activated our infrastructure to do whatever needed to be done.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's engagement with the constituents it serves, a practice we term Constituent Feedback. When organizations listen to constituents, they are able to better deliver on programs and meet the needs of stakeholders. A future version of this Beacon will also assess an organization's people operations and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) metrics.


Culture & Community Score

Not Currently Scored

Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.


Back to Top

Culture & Community Report

Unscored

This beta feature is currently viewable only on desktop or tablet screens. Check back later for updates.

Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback


Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.


Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective. We award every nonprofit that completes the Candid survey full credit for this Beacon, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. Although the data is not evaluated for quality at this time, future iterations of this Beacon will include third party or other data that will serve to validate the information provided by the nonprofit.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Our partnership with Feedback Labs and Guidestar by Candid, and other partners including Fund for Shared Insight, GlobalGiving, and Keystone Accountability, enables us to launch the first version of this beacon with Constituent Feedback information collected on Candid's site.


Feedback practices have been shown to support better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes, an essential area of assessment that we intend to further expand and develop in the future. Feedback Labs has documented several studies which indicate that beyond achieving organizational goals, nonprofits that are attentive and responsive to concerns and ideas raised by beneficiaries establish stronger relationships with the people they serve, promote greater equity, and empower constituents in ways that can help to ensure better long-term outcomes. You can find resources to help nonprofits improve their feedback practices here.

The Giving Basket had an issue with your donation. Please try again. If the problem persists contact us and include your Cart ID: Unknown