Disable all preview features

International : Development and Relief Services (Grantmaking)

Armenian General Benevolent Union

Promoting the Armenian heritage around the world

two stars

76.38

55 East 59th Street New York, NY 10022
tel: (212) 319-6383   Web Site
EIN: 13-5600421

Board Leadership
Berge Setrakian
President

CEO
Anita Anserian
Managing Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 76.38 two stars
  Financial 79.04 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 74.00 two stars
This rating was published 05/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Established in 1906, Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) is the world's largest non-profit Armenian organization. Headquartered in New York City, AGBU preserves and promotes the Armenian identity and heritage through educational, cultural and humanitarian programs, annually serving some 500,000 Armenians in 30 countries. AGBU's educational program operates 24 primary, secondary and Saturday schools as well as a scholarship and grants component. We also sponsor a wide array of cultural initiatives to guarantee that Armenian culture continues to flourish in the fields of art, dance, music, and theatre. AGBU also provides disaster relief programs as well as medical assistance to needy people throughout the Armenian world.

Established in 1906, Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) is the world's largest non-profit Armenian organization. Headquartered in New York City, AGBU preserves and promotes the Armenian identity and heritage through educational, cultural and humanitarian programs, annually serving some 500,000 Armenians in 30 countries. AGBU's educational program operates 24 primary, secondary and Saturday schools as well as a scholarship and grants component. We also sponsor a wide array of cultural initiatives to guarantee that Armenian culture continues to flourish in the fields of art, dance, music, and theatre. AGBU also provides disaster relief programs as well as medical assistance to needy people throughout the Armenian world.

Impact Information

data icon Looking for Impact Information?

Charity Navigator is collaborating with GuideStar, GlobalGiving, Classy, and ImpactMatters to display impact-related information on our rated profile pages. Each partner collects this data directly from nonprofits and provides updates to Charity Navigator when available.

If you are interested in seeing this charity provide its impact information, please click below. This will indicate your interest and encourage the nonprofit to share data with partners that are currently collecting information.

Financial

two stars

79.04

Accountability & Transparency

two stars

74.00

This rating was published 05/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
72.9%
  Administrative Expenses 24.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.02
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.47
  Program Expenses Growth -1.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Armenian General Benevolent Union on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Armenian General Benevolent Union on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Armenian General Benevolent Union (NY) 76.38 two stars
One Heart World-Wide (CA) 91.45 four stars
Resource Exchange International (REI) (CO) 88.10 three stars
Mercy Without Limits (KS) 91.45 four stars
Dining for Women (SC) 87.45 three stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $22,407,342
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $27,595
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $22,434,937
   Program Service Revenue $941,742
Total Primary Revenue $23,376,679
   Other Revenue $5,830,192
TOTAL REVENUE $29,206,871
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $16,672,554
   Administrative Expenses $6,370,579
   Fundraising Expenses $810,547
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $23,853,680
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $5,353,191
   
Net Assets $235,443,410

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
Educational Programs $7,182,036 43.1%
Cultural Programs $7,118,070 42.7%
Religious Institutions $1,218,174 7.3%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 05/01/2020 76.38 two stars
2017-12 06/01/2019 91.04 four stars
2016-12 06/01/2018 85.03 three stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 84.98 three stars
2014-12 04/01/2017 84.90 three stars
2014-12 02/01/2017 84.08 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 80.88 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 08/01/2015 81.61 three stars
2012-12 05/01/2014 82.41 three stars
2011-12 07/01/2013 80.92 three stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 76.24 two stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 76.65 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 05/01/2011 75.38 two stars
2008-12 06/01/2010 72.70 two stars
2007-12 06/01/2009 92.94 four stars
2006-12 05/01/2008 89.22 three stars
2005-12 03/01/2007 88.41 three stars
2004-12 05/01/2006 78.73 two stars
2003-12 04/01/2005 88.57 three stars
2002-12 04/01/2004 80.53 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 13-5600421
Name in IRS Master File ARMENIAN GENERAL BENEVOLENT UNION
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 (32) Nursery school
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 Central - the organization is a parent (group ruling) and is not a church or 501(c)(1) organization.
Group Name ARMENIAN GENERAL BENEVOLENT UNION
Ruling Date November, 1959
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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
None reported -- This organization did not report a CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$253,368 1.06% Mark H. Gitlen CFO
$228,070 0.95% Ani Susan Anserian Director of Programs

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Armenian General Benevolent Union (NY) 76.38 two stars
International Samaritan (MI) 94.98 four stars
Population Media Center (VT) 96.25 four stars
Focus Humanitarian Assistance USA (TX) 92.92 four stars
Agape International Missions (CA) 100.00 four stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

This charity has an official representative registered with Charity Navigator.

Charity Contact Info

Armenian General Benevolent Union
55 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022
tel: (212) 319-6383
fax: (212) 319-6507
EIN: 13-5600421

Visit Web Site

Board Leadership

Berge Setrakian
President

CEO

Anita Anserian
Managing Director

Join Our Mailing List

Join over 400,000 other informed givers and get updates on charity ratings, new features, hot topics, and tips for donating.