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Friends of Refugees of Eastern Europe

The Russian Jewish Community in the Chicagoland area

one star

58.78

2935 W. Devon Avenue Chicago, IL 60659
tel: (773) 274-5123   Web Site
EIN: 36-2822431

Board Leadership
Raitza Kosofsky
President

CEO
Rabbi Shmuel Notik
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 58.78 one star
  Financial 87.81 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 43.00 zero star
This rating was published 03/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1973, Friends of Refugees of Eastern Europe (FREE), Inc.'s mission is to promote Jewish pride, identity and continuity among New American families in the greater Chicagoland area, by providing educational, religious, cultural and social services in a caring non-judgmental environment. FREE's programming and services focuses on Jewish family life cycle events and holidays and festivals in the Jewish calendar year. The FREE Hebrew schools, Bar and Bas Mitzvah preparation classes and youth clubs are an integral part of our youth education program. Adult Judaic classes and counseling and Family Shabat Services helps New Americans become proud members of the Jewish community. Our popular Memorial Yizkor and Kaddish programs are important and meaningful avenues that link generations and bridge continents. The widely acclaimed Shalom Magazine, a Russian language publication of FREE, features quality journalism and enjoys avid global readership.

Founded in 1973, Friends of Refugees of Eastern Europe (FREE), Inc.'s mission is to promote Jewish pride, identity and continuity among New American families in the greater Chicagoland area, by providing educational, religious, cultural and social services in a caring non-judgmental environment. FREE's programming and services focuses on Jewish family life cycle events and holidays and festivals in the Jewish calendar year. The FREE Hebrew schools, Bar and Bas Mitzvah preparation classes and youth clubs are an integral part of our youth education program. Adult Judaic classes and counseling and Family Shabat Services helps New Americans become proud members of the Jewish community. Our popular Memorial Yizkor and Kaddish programs are important and meaningful avenues that link generations and bridge continents. The widely acclaimed Shalom Magazine, a Russian language publication of FREE, features quality journalism and enjoys avid global readership.

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Financial

three stars

87.81

Accountability & Transparency

zero star

43.00

This rating was published 03/01/2019 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)
79.7%
  Administrative Expenses 14.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.51
  Program Expenses Growth 4.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 32.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Friends of Refugees of Eastern Europe on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Friends of Refugees of Eastern Europe on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Friends of Refugees of Eastern Europe (IL) 58.78 one star
Sabathani Community Center (MN) 86.37 three stars
Neighborhood House, St. Paul (MN) 91.02 four stars
Family Pathways (MN) 88.08 three stars
East Side House (NY) 98.23 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $0
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,347,604
Total Contributions $1,347,604
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $1,347,604
   Other Revenue $29,576
TOTAL REVENUE $1,377,180
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,014,779
   Administrative Expenses $183,662
   Fundraising Expenses $76,591
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,275,032
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $102,148
   
Net Assets $1,938,966

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
Community Center on Devon Avenue $184,811 18.2%
Community Center in Riverwoods $171,611 16.9%
Around the Year Heritage Awareness Programs $167,211 16.5%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-09 03/01/2019 58.78 one star
2016-09 12/01/2017 62.09 one star
2015-09 12/01/2016 54.84 zero star
2014-09 06/01/2016 58.58 one star
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 11/01/2015 59.62 one star
2013-09 12/01/2014 58.60 one star

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

EIN 36-2822431
Name in IRS Master File FRIENDS OF REFUGEES OF EASTERN EUROPE INC
NTEE Code P84
NTEE Classification Ethnic, Immigrant Centers, Services
NTEE Type Human Services - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (123) Discussion groups, forums, panels lectures, etc.
(149) Other instruction and training
Foundation Status Governmental unit 170(b)(1)(A)(v)
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, 1979
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$21,990 1.72% Shmuel Notik Secretary, Director
Other Salaries of Note
$7,980 0.62% Meyer Schanowitz Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Friends of Refugees of Eastern Europe (IL) 58.78 one star
Gladden Community House (OH) 88.58 three stars
The Cabbage Patch Settlement House (KY) 94.31 four stars
ProJeCt of Easton (PA) 92.92 four stars
Family Pathways (MN) 88.08 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Friends of Refugees of Eastern Europe
2935 W. Devon Avenue
Chicago, IL 60659
tel: (773) 274-5123
fax: (773) 274-3810
EIN: 36-2822431

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Board Leadership

Raitza Kosofsky
President

CEO

Rabbi Shmuel Notik
Executive Director

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