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International : Development and Relief Services (Grantmaking)

BLESS USA

An official charity of the Coptic Orthodox Church

one star

66.61

P.O.Box 384 Cedar Grove, NJ 07009
tel: (973) 857-4299   Web Site
EIN: 13-3602362

Board Leadership
His Holiness Pope Tawadros II
Chair

CEO
His Grace Bishop Karas
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 66.61 one star
  Financial 85.72 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 55.00 one star
This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

BLESS (the Bishopric of Public Ecumenical and Social Services) USA was established in 1989. They extend monetary aid and support from the United States to disadvantaged Coptic Orthodox Christians in Egypt. All contributions collected are sent to BLESS Egypt, the overseas office located in Cairo, Egypt. BLESS distributes these funds among ten programs. These programs include: Family Assistance, Medical Assistance, Assistance for People with Disabilities, Education, Housing, Roofing, Outreach, Marriage Expense Assistance, Assistance for the Underdeveloped and Emergency Relief.

BLESS (the Bishopric of Public Ecumenical and Social Services) USA was established in 1989. They extend monetary aid and support from the United States to disadvantaged Coptic Orthodox Christians in Egypt. All contributions collected are sent to BLESS Egypt, the overseas office located in Cairo, Egypt. BLESS distributes these funds among ten programs. These programs include: Family Assistance, Medical Assistance, Assistance for People with Disabilities, Education, Housing, Roofing, Outreach, Marriage Expense Assistance, Assistance for the Underdeveloped and Emergency Relief.

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Financial

three stars

85.72

Accountability & Transparency

one star

55.00

This rating was published 06/01/2019 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)
96.2%
  Administrative Expenses 2.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 1.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.05
  Program Expenses Growth 2.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 14.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by BLESS USA on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by BLESS USA on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
BLESS USA (NJ) 66.61 one star
Tanzanian Children's Fund (MA) 94.78 four stars
Help the Helpless (MN) 100.00 four stars
Save the Children (CT) 92.38 four stars
Love Without Boundaries Foundation (OK) 90.71 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,144,764
   Federated Campaigns $42,163
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,186,927
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $1,186,927
   Other Revenue $0
TOTAL REVENUE $1,186,927
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,131,800
   Administrative Expenses $22,772
   Fundraising Expenses $19,634
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,174,206
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $12,721
   
Net Assets $64,955

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.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Medical Assistance Program $319,685 28.2%
Marriage Expense Assistance Program $289,745 25.6%
Housing Assistance Program $252,086 22.3%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 06/01/2019 66.61 one star
2016-12 06/01/2018 65.86 one star
2015-12 06/01/2017 66.85 one star
2014-12 10/01/2016 67.05 one star
2013-12 06/01/2016 67.38 one star
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 07/01/2015 66.77 one star
2012-12 06/01/2014 64.20 one star
2011-12 06/01/2013 75.13 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 13-3602362
Name in IRS Master File BISHOPRIC OF PUBLIC ECUMENICAL AND SOCIAL SERVICES-USA INC
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 (408) Community service organization
(405) Loans or grants for minority businesses
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 March, 1994
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
Not compensated -- Pope Tawadros II President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
BLESS USA (NJ) 66.61 one star
Tanzanian Children's Fund (MA) 94.78 four stars
Cambodian Children's Fund (CA) 94.46 four stars
Pearl S. Buck International (PA) 96.29 four stars
Association for India's Development (MD) 100.00 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

BLESS USA
P.O.Box 384
Cedar Grove, NJ 07009
tel: (973) 857-4299
fax: (973) 857-6300
EIN: 13-3602362

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Board Leadership

His Holiness Pope Tawadros II
Chair

CEO

His Grace Bishop Karas
President

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