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Human Services : Children's and Family Services (Grantmaking/Grants Payable)

Kars4Kids

Because kids are our future

one star

69.87

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

Board Leadership
Eli Mintz
Chairman

CEO
Eli Mintz
CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 69.87 one star
  Financial 58.15 one star
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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.

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.

Financial

one star

58.15

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

92.00

This rating was published 05/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
52.3%
  Administrative Expenses 10.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 36.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.29
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.11
  Program Expenses Growth 15.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 74.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Kars4Kids on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
Joint Cost Allocation Adjustment applied. Learn more.
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) 69.87 one star
Christel House International (IN) 96.46 four stars
Forever Young Foundation (AZ) 95.94 four stars
The Children's Place (MO) 88.25 three stars
Bright Beginnings, Inc. (DC) 94.78 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $72,703,908
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $72,703,908
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $72,703,908
   Other Revenue $-9,793,361
TOTAL REVENUE $62,910,547
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $29,283,670
   Administrative Expenses $8,576,745
   Fundraising Expenses $25,405,194
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $63,265,609
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-355,062
   
Net Assets $6,845,273

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
CN 2.1
2019-12 05/01/2021 69.87 one star
2018-12 09/03/2019 75.26 two stars
2017-12 03/01/2019 75.18 two stars
2016-12 12/01/2018 68.56 one star
2016-12 06/01/2018 66.44 one star
2015-12 04/01/2017 63.14 one star
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]
Ruling Date August, 2001
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title Compensation from Affiliates
$48,000 0.07% Eliyohu Mintz CEO $49,000
Other Salaries of Note
$85,566 0.13% Esther Landau COO --
$77,724 0.12% Robert Moskowitz President --
$55,501 0.08% Shoshana Joselit Treasurer --

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Kars4Kids (NJ) 69.87 one star
Nebraska Children and Families Foundation (NE) 96.66 four stars
Family Giving Tree (CA) 90.13 four stars
Child Crisis Arizona (AZ) 92.91 four stars
PACER Center (MN) 88.05 three 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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Board Leadership

Eli Mintz
Chairman

CEO

Eli Mintz
CEO

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