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Human Services : Children's and Family Services

Chai Lifeline

Fighting illness with love

three stars

89.17

151 West 30th Street New York, NY 10001
tel: (212) 465-1300   Web Site
EIN: 11-2940331

Board Leadership
Larry Spiewak
Chair

CEO
Rabbi Abraham Cohen
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.17 three stars
  Financial 85.91 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 94.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Chai Lifeline's mission is to bring joy and hope to seriously ill children and their families through year-round programs that offer social, emotional and financial support. Counseling, educational services, insurance advocacy, information and referrals, retreats, sibling programs, Big Brothers and Sisters, and recreational activities help the entire family cope with the daily challenges of living with illness. Hot meals, transportation assistance, patient navigation, and ongoing emotional support when children are in the midst of medical crises counter the isolation felt by families when children are ill. The organization is a leader in the field of illness camping. Its two overnight camps offer 450 children and teens with life-threatening illnesses, chronic conditions, and disabilities a summer filled with experiences and friendships that build confidence and skills as they motivate campers to fight the devastating effects of illness.

Chai Lifeline's mission is to bring joy and hope to seriously ill children and their families through year-round programs that offer social, emotional and financial support. Counseling, educational services, insurance advocacy, information and referrals, retreats, sibling programs, Big Brothers and Sisters, and recreational activities help the entire family cope with the daily challenges of living with illness. Hot meals, transportation assistance, patient navigation, and ongoing emotional support when children are in the midst of medical crises counter the isolation felt by families when children are ill. The organization is a leader in the field of illness camping. Its two overnight camps offer 450 children and teens with life-threatening illnesses, chronic conditions, and disabilities a summer filled with experiences and friendships that build confidence and skills as they motivate campers to fight the devastating effects of illness.

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Financial

three stars

85.91

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

94.00

This rating was published 06/01/2020 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)
82.2%
  Administrative Expenses 8.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.55
  Program Expenses Growth 6.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 44.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Chai Lifeline on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Chai Lifeline on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Chai Lifeline (NY) 89.17 three stars
Jewish Family Service of Seattle (WA) 85.71 three stars
Children's Fund (CA) 88.14 three stars
Kidworks (CA) 90.65 four stars
Jewish Family & Children's Service of the Suncoast (FL) 87.88 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $10,525,803
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $16,810,281
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $150,000
Total Contributions $27,486,084
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $27,486,084
   Other Revenue $-4,753,082
TOTAL REVENUE $22,733,002
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $18,456,618
   Administrative Expenses $1,704,364
   Fundraising Expenses $2,387,092
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $22,548,074
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $184,928
   
Net Assets $12,182,679

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
Family and Community Programs $8,175,195 44.3%
Overnight Summer Camps $4,983,775 27.0%
Emotional and Social Support $4,726,901 25.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 06/01/2020 89.17 three stars
2017-12 06/01/2019 89.99 three stars
2016-12 06/01/2018 86.18 three stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 83.59 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 85.42 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 89.89 three stars
2013-12 08/01/2015 89.83 three stars
2012-12 05/01/2014 86.98 three stars
2011-12 07/01/2013 82.58 three stars
2010-12 02/01/2012 82.65 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 81.35 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 05/01/2011 77.46 two stars
2008-12 07/01/2010 91.47 four stars
2007-12 07/01/2009 91.13 four stars
2006-12 02/01/2008 91.06 four stars
2005-12 11/01/2006 90.95 four stars
2004-12 02/01/2006 91.38 four stars
2003-12 12/01/2004 91.06 four stars
2002-12 04/01/2004 90.88 four 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 11-2940331
Name in IRS Master File CHAI LIFELINE INC
NTEE Code E86
NTEE Classification Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation
NTEE Type Health - General and Rehabilitative
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (149) Other instruction and training
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 January, 1991
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
$322,390 1.42% Stephen Scholar Chief Executive Officer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Chai Lifeline (NY) 89.17 three stars
Several Sources Shelters (NJ) 87.51 three stars
The Center for Family Resources (GA) 87.72 three stars
Room to Grow (NY) 91.21 four stars
Jack & Jill Children's Center (FL) 89.70 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Chai Lifeline
151 West 30th Street
New York, NY 10001
tel: (212) 465-1300
fax: (212) 465-0949
EIN: 11-2940331

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Board Leadership

Larry Spiewak
Chair

CEO

Rabbi Abraham Cohen
Executive Director

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