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Hebrew Free Burial Association

Giving every Jew a prompt, dignified Jewish funeral and burial

four stars

91.29

125 Maiden Lane Unit 5B
New York, NY 10038
tel: (212) 239-1662   Web Site
EIN: 13-5596755

Board Leadership
Richard Fishman
President

CEO
Amy Koplow
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.29 four stars
  Financial 88.35 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/21/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Hebrew Free Burial Association (HFBA) began in the 1880's as a free burial society serving the residents of Manhattan's Lower East Side and was incorporated in 1889. As the need grew in adjacent Jewish communities, HFBA also grew to serve the broader metropolitan area of New York City. HFBA is currently the largest free burial society outside of Israel. HFBA is unique in that it cares for impoverished, marginalized Jews after death. Typically, an indigent person in New York City is buried in an anonymous mass grave in Potter's Field after lying in a morgue for up to a month or may be transferred to a medical school for dissection and research. HFBA, through its contacts with city and social service agencies, is notified about Jewish decedents and makes arrangements so that every Jew receives a prompt, dignified Jewish funeral and burial.

The Hebrew Free Burial Association (HFBA) began in the 1880's as a free burial society serving the residents of Manhattan's Lower East Side and was incorporated in 1889. As the need grew in adjacent Jewish communities, HFBA also grew to serve the broader metropolitan area of New York City. HFBA is currently the largest free burial society outside of Israel. HFBA is unique in that it cares for impoverished, marginalized Jews after death. Typically, an indigent person in New York City is buried in an anonymous mass grave in Potter's Field after lying in a morgue for up to a month or may be transferred to a medical school for dissection and research. HFBA, through its contacts with city and social service agencies, is notified about Jewish decedents and makes arrangements so that every Jew receives a prompt, dignified Jewish funeral and burial.

Financial

three stars

88.35

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 12/21/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
79.7%
  Administrative Expenses 11.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.13
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.52
  Program Expenses Growth 0.4%
  Liabilities to Assets < 0.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Hebrew Free Burial Association on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Hebrew Free Burial Association on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Hebrew Free Burial Association (NY) 91.29 four stars
BBYO (DC) 85.97 three stars
Moving Traditions (PA) 89.13 three stars
Jewish Community Relations Council (MA) 93.06 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,251,134
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $71,489
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,322,623
   Program Service Revenue $549,390
Total Primary Revenue $1,872,013
   Other Revenue $717,132
TOTAL REVENUE $2,589,145
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,756,627
   Administrative Expenses $231,740
   Fundraising Expenses $183,692
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,172,059
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $417,086
   
Net Assets $9,165,952

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History
Hebrew Free Burial Association has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 12/21/2018 91.29 four stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 92.17 four stars
2016-12 02/01/2018 91.68 four stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 90.36 four stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 81.09 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 93.96 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 92.38 four stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 90.57 four stars
2012-12 12/20/2013 95.92 four stars
2011-12 11/06/2012 96.98 four stars
2011-12 10/01/2012 92.15 four stars
2010-12 03/01/2012 75.79 two stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 59.21 one star
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 04/01/2011 86.24 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 13-5596755
Name in IRS Master File CHEBRA AGUDAS ACHIM CHESED SHEL EMETH
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (900) Cemetery or burial activities
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
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).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date January, 1982
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
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  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$116,388 5.35% Amy Koplow Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Hebrew Free Burial Association (NY) 91.29 four stars
BBYO (DC) 85.97 three stars
Moving Traditions (PA) 89.13 three stars
Jewish Community Relations Council (MA) 93.06 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Hebrew Free Burial Association
125 Maiden Lane
Unit 5B
New York, NY 10038
tel: (212) 239-1662
fax: (212) 239-1981
EIN: 13-5596755

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Board Leadership

Richard Fishman
President

CEO

Amy Koplow
Executive Director

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