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Human Services : Children's and Family Services (Fundraising)

CN Advisory: Low Concern

Kars4Kids

Because kids are our future

one star

65.94

1805 Swarthmore Avenue Lakewood, NJ 08701
tel: (877) 527-7454   Web Site
EIN: 22-3746050

CEO
Eliyohu Mintz
Trustee

CN CN CN MODERATE CN CN CN HIGH

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Kars4Kids is affiliated with Oorah, which currently has a Moderate Concern CN Advisory. For this reason, we have issued a Low Concern CN Advisory on Kars4Kids. For more information, please see the Advisory on Oorah and The New York Post article that describes the events that led to Oorah's Advisory.


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  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 65.94 one star
  Financial 52.51 zero star
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Learn more about how we calculate the overall score and rating.

Financial

zero star

52.51

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

92.00

This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, 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)
58.8%
  Administrative Expenses 3.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 37.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.36
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.15
  Program Expenses Growth -10.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 40.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Kars4Kids on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Kars4Kids on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Kars4Kids (NJ) 65.94 one star
Pendleton Place (SC) 90.55 four stars
Home of the Innocents (KY) 89.66 three stars
Storyteller Children's Center (CA) 86.77 three stars
University City Children's Center (MO) 89.89 three stars

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Kars4kids funds educational, developmental, and recreational programs for Jewish youth and their families. Our goal is to foster a generation of well-balanced, productive adults. Our means to accomplish this goal is to provide children and their families with a strong network of personal guidance and educational resources, individualized to their needs. Our wide array of services is designed to maximize each facet of a child's development - academic, social and cultural. Kars4kids overall areas of activity consist of educational programming, school placement, tuition assistance, mentorship programs, cultural activities, weekend retreats, religious instruction, summer camps, recreation and guidance counseling. Kars4Kids is a registered nonprofit Jewish organization who, together with Oorah, our sister charity, helps thousands of children.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $34,756,266
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $34,756,266
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $34,756,266
   Other Revenue $9,438
TOTAL REVENUE $34,765,704
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $14,594,086
   Administrative Expenses $1,440,764
   Fundraising Expenses $14,805,889
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $30,840,739
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $3,924,965
   
Net Assets $4,375,330

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

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
-- 12/15/2016 --Low Concern Advisory

Kars4Kids is affiliated with Oorah, which currently has a Moderate Concern CN Advisory. For this reason, we have issued a Low Concern CN Advisory on Kars4Kids. For more information, please see the Advisory on Oorah and The New York Post article that describes the events that led to Oorah's Advisory.

CN 2.1
2014-12 06/01/2016 65.94 one star
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 02/01/2016 70.30 two stars
2014-12 12/22/2015 68.98 one star
2013-12 02/01/2015 67.27 one star
 
CN 1.0
2008-12 06/30/2010 --Donor Advisory

Prior to 9/1/2016, Charity Navigator issued Advisories under the name CN Watchlist and Donor Advisory. For more information on the CN Advisory system click here. This charity was issued a DA.

This donor advisory was published on Wednesday, June 30, 2010

In accordance with our policy for removing Donor Advisories, Charity Navigator removed the Donor Advisory JOY for our Youth on February 1, 2015 because the Donor Advisory had been in place for more than a year (since June 2010) and because the issue that prompted the Donor Advisory has been resolved. Specifically:

  • The Charities Bureau of the New York State Office of Attorney General confirmed that it does not intend to take any enforcement action against the charity and confirmed the inquiry into the matter is now closed. Please see a copy of the letter here.

Charity Navigator had published a Donor Advisory for this charity because we became aware of the following information in connection with this charity:

  • On April 27, 2012, News 4 NY reported that "the financial statements filed by Oorah and JOY indicate attorneys general in both New York and New Jersey were also investigating the charity in 2010." For more information, please see the news report.

  • On June 15, 2010, the New York attorney general announced an industry-wide investigation into car donation charities after a review found fraudulent practices that deceived donors and diverted funds from those in need.
    JOY for our Youth, Inc. d/b/a Kars 4 Kids was among the charities that received a subpoena from the New York attorney general. The subpoena seeks materials relating to the revenues that it collected through its car donation program and how that revenue was used by the charity. The subpoena also seeks evidence to support the representations made in solicitations to potential vehicle donors. For more information, see the attorney general’s website.

  • On April 15, 2012, The Wall Street Journal reported that Oorah, a charity associated with JOY for our Youth Inc d/b/a Kars 4 Kids, applied to be exempted from real-estate taxes on the grounds it is a charity. The article states that "they have to in fact satisfy the assessing authorities that the property is being used for a tax-exempt charitable purpose".

2007-12 07/01/2009 76.47 two 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 22-3746050
Name in IRS Master File KARS 4 KIDS INC
NTEE Code T30
NTEE Classification Public Foundations
NTEE Type Philanthropy, Voluntarism and Grantmaking Foundations
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
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]
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011

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).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title Compensation from Affiliates
$42,946 0.13% Eliyohu Mintz President $43,230
Other Salaries of Note
$77,681 0.25% Bentzion Turin General Counsel --
$74,632 0.24% Robert Moskovits Vice President --

Kars4kids funds educational, developmental, and recreational programs for Jewish youth and their families. Our goal is to foster a generation of well-balanced, productive adults. Our means to accomplish this goal is to provide children and their families with a strong network of personal guidance and educational resources, individualized to their needs. Our wide array of services is designed to maximize each facet of a child's development - academic, social and cultural. Kars4kids overall areas of activity consist of educational programming, school placement, tuition assistance, mentorship programs, cultural activities, weekend retreats, religious instruction, summer camps, recreation and guidance counseling. Kars4Kids is a registered nonprofit Jewish organization who, together with Oorah, our sister charity, helps thousands of children.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Kars4Kids (NJ) 65.94 one star
Marine Toys for Tots Foundation (VA) 88.98 three stars
Teen Parent Connection (IL) 93.60 four stars
The Empty Stocking Fund (GA) 85.61 three stars
Center for Child Protection (TX) 90.66 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Kars4Kids
1805 Swarthmore Avenue
Lakewood, NJ 08701
tel: (877) 527-7454
EIN: 22-3746050

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CEO

Eliyohu Mintz
Trustee

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