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Guardians of the Sick

Identifying individuals and families in need of Guardians of the Sick/Bikur Cholim's services and ensuring that their needs are met expeditiously

three stars

83.43

5216 Eleventh Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11219
tel: (718) 438-2020   Web Site
EIN: 11-6003433

Board Leadership
Yisroel Herskovits
Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 83.43 three stars
  Financial 85.00 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 82.00 three stars
This rating was published 12/21/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1952, Guardians of the Sick, devoted to human wellness, builds upon the Biblical values of compassion and community service. It will continue to help hospital patients, the elderly, at-risk children and the disadvantaged, and to alleviate the peripheral burdens of adversity that devolve upon these families, thereby strengthening the fabric of life in our community, our State, and our Country. Guardians of the Sick, also known as Bikur Cholim Chesed Organization, was established and by Holocaust survivors with the mission to assist the sick and needy with financial assistance, emotional help and supportive services. Over the next five decades, the organization has metamorphosed into a comprehensive provider of a full range of social and supportive health services to families in the community who are in crisis or facing financial, health, or other challenges.

Founded in 1952, Guardians of the Sick, devoted to human wellness, builds upon the Biblical values of compassion and community service. It will continue to help hospital patients, the elderly, at-risk children and the disadvantaged, and to alleviate the peripheral burdens of adversity that devolve upon these families, thereby strengthening the fabric of life in our community, our State, and our Country. Guardians of the Sick, also known as Bikur Cholim Chesed Organization, was established and by Holocaust survivors with the mission to assist the sick and needy with financial assistance, emotional help and supportive services. Over the next five decades, the organization has metamorphosed into a comprehensive provider of a full range of social and supportive health services to families in the community who are in crisis or facing financial, health, or other challenges.

Financial

three stars

85.00

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

82.00

This rating was published 12/21/2018 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)
85.6%
  Administrative Expenses 11.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.19
  Program Expenses Growth 18.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 54.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Guardians of the Sick on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Guardians of the Sick on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Guardians of the Sick (NY) 83.43 three stars
Latin American Association (GA) 90.38 four stars
Rising Tide Capital (NJ) 95.65 four stars
Crossroads of Michigan (MI) 89.70 three stars
Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry (NC) 91.16 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $9,731,858
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $851,062
Total Contributions $10,582,920
   Program Service Revenue $570,279
Total Primary Revenue $11,153,199
   Other Revenue $626
TOTAL REVENUE $11,153,825
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $9,662,513
   Administrative Expenses $1,042,562
   Fundraising Expenses $286,673
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $10,991,748
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $162,077
   
Net Assets $1,747,114

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
Healthcare Services $7,257,656 75.1%
Assistance for the Needy $1,254,252 13.0%
Programs for Youth at Risk $1,095,397 11.3%

Within the last year, this charity had a CN Advisory removed. Read More

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 12/21/2018 83.43 three stars
2016-12 02/01/2018 83.43 three stars
2015-12 02/01/2017 71.93 two stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 72.38 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 73.15 two stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 72.90 two stars
2012-12 05/01/2014 81.19 three stars
2011-12 05/01/2013 77.94 two stars
2010-12 09/01/2012 78.30 two stars

Historical CN Advisories

05/29/2018-06/01/2019: Low Concern Advisory

In accordance with our policy for removing CN Advisories, Charity Navigator removed the Low Concern CN Advisory for the Guardians of the Sick on June 1, 2019, because the CN Advisory has been in place for more than a year (since May 28, 2018).
 
Charity Navigator had published a Low Concern CN Advisory on Guardians of the Sick because we became aware of the following information in connection with this charity:
 
  • On May 2, 2018, The New York Post investigated the operations of Guardians of the Sick, in an article titled, "Feds subpoena Hikind-associated charity for funneling millions in taxpayer cash." For this reason, we have issued a Low Concern CN Advisory. For more information regarding the investigation, please see The New York Post article.

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

EIN 11-6003433
Name in IRS Master File GUARDIANS OF THE SICK INC
NTEE Code E80
NTEE Classification Health, General and Financing
NTEE Type Health - General and Rehabilitative
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (560) Supplying money, goods or services to the poor
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, 1955
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
$150,000 1.36% Rabbi Avi Fishof Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Guardians of the Sick (NY) 83.43 three stars
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Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad (MD) 91.36 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Guardians of the Sick
5216 Eleventh Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11219
tel: (718) 438-2020
fax: (718) 438-5259
EIN: 11-6003433

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Board Leadership

Yisroel Herskovits
Executive Officer

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