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American Friends of Nishmat

Educating Jewish Women, Empowering Jewish Leaders, and Strengthening Jewish Communities

four stars

94.07

520 Eighth Avenue 4th Floor
New York, NY 10018
tel: (646) 378-5895   Web Site
EIN: 04-3106173

Board Leadership
Sharon Liberman Mintz
Board President

CEO
Harriet Sherman Schimel
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.07 four stars
  Financial 97.50 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

American Friends of Nishmat (AFN) is the US-based entity proud to support the work of Nishmat, The Jeanie Schottenstein Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women, in Jerusalem. For over two decades, Nishmat has been educating Jewish women, empowering Jewish leaders, and strengthening Jewish communities. Nishmat is not just an institution but a vision. A vision of the advancing status of women as Torah scholars and leaders. A vision of broad and expanding communal and rabbinic consensus in support of women's spiritual leadership in mainstream Orthodox Jewish communities. With a 23 year track record of changing the Jewish communal landscape for the better, Nishmat remains the only place in the world where a woman can be trained as a Yoetzet Halacha (Woman Advisor in Jewish Law). Concurrently, Nishmat strives to reverse the cycle of poverty for disadvantaged Ethiopian immigrants to Israel, trains teachers for religious and secular Israeli schools, and promotes a culture of volunteerism.

American Friends of Nishmat (AFN) is the US-based entity proud to support the work of Nishmat, The Jeanie Schottenstein Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women, in Jerusalem. For over two decades, Nishmat has been educating Jewish women, empowering Jewish leaders, and strengthening Jewish communities. Nishmat is not just an institution but a vision. A vision of the advancing status of women as Torah scholars and leaders. A vision of broad and expanding communal and rabbinic consensus in support of women's spiritual leadership in mainstream Orthodox Jewish communities. With a 23 year track record of changing the Jewish communal landscape for the better, Nishmat remains the only place in the world where a woman can be trained as a Yoetzet Halacha (Woman Advisor in Jewish Law). Concurrently, Nishmat strives to reverse the cycle of poverty for disadvantaged Ethiopian immigrants to Israel, trains teachers for religious and secular Israeli schools, and promotes a culture of volunteerism.

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Financial

four stars

97.50

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

92.00

This rating was published 07/01/2019 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)
93.9%
  Administrative Expenses 3.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.02
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.52
  Program Expenses Growth 9.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Friends of Nishmat on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Friends of Nishmat on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Friends of Nishmat (NY) 94.07 four stars
The National GEM Consortium (VA) 91.09 four stars
Street Law, Inc. (MD) 87.19 three stars
The Shalom Hartman Institute of North America (NY) 91.51 four stars
Mercy Learning Center of Bridgeport (CT) 96.45 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,038,531
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $471,498
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,510,029
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $2,510,029
   Other Revenue $-136,165
TOTAL REVENUE $2,373,864
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,364,399
   Administrative Expenses $134,979
   Fundraising Expenses $95,100
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,594,478
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,220,614
   
Net Assets $1,902,172

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
Grants, Fellowships and Scholarships $3,364,399 100.0%

Ratings History
American Friends of Nishmat has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 07/01/2019 94.07 four stars
2016-06 12/01/2017 92.22 four stars
2015-06 10/01/2016 91.33 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 94.07 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 93.85 four stars
2013-06 12/22/2014 94.25 four stars
2012-06 08/01/2013 88.67 three stars
2011-06 06/01/2012 75.43 two stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 66.81 one star
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 09/01/2010 92.40 four stars
2008-06 02/01/2010 98.20 four stars
2007-06 10/01/2008 98.57 four stars
2006-06 09/01/2007 94.27 four stars
2005-06 10/01/2006 91.10 four stars
2004-06 08/01/2005 90.78 four stars
2003-06 06/01/2004 95.14 four stars
2002-06 10/01/2003 89.69 three stars
2001-06 06/09/2003 83.86 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 04-3106173
Name in IRS Master File AMERICAN FRIENDS OF NISHMAT
NTEE Code Q99
NTEE Classification International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security N.E.C.
NTEE Type International, Foreign Affairs and National Security
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (123) Discussion groups, forums, panels lectures, etc.
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, 1993
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, 2016
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$150,000 4.17% Harriet S. Schimel Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Friends of Nishmat (NY) 94.07 four stars
Literacy Assistance Center (NY) 86.84 three stars
The National GEM Consortium (VA) 91.09 four stars
Society for Classical Studies (NY) 93.82 four stars
ProLiteracy (NY) 89.28 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

American Friends of Nishmat
520 Eighth Avenue
4th Floor
New York, NY 10018
tel: (646) 378-5895
EIN: 04-3106173

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Board Leadership

Sharon Liberman Mintz
Board President

CEO

Harriet Sherman Schimel
Executive Director

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