Better Business Bureau Report for
American Near East Refugee Aid

Better Business Bureau report issued March 2008.
Better Business Bureau report expires March 2010.

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American Near East Refugee Aid
1522 K Street NW Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005
202-842-2766
www.anera.org
also known as: ANERA

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Year, State Incorporated: 1968, District of Columbia

Affiliates: Field offices in Jerusalem and Gaza


Stated Purpose: "to create opportunity and hope for people in the Middle East by improving health care and education and stimulating job creation."


Evaluation Conclusions                


American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) meets the 20Standards for Charity Accountability.




Programs                


ANERA's programs are in community and economic development, education, health, and public education. ANERA’s health service programs are in the form of donated medicines and medical supplies distributed to healthcare providers in the West Bank, Gaza, and Lebanon. ANERA also extends grants for local health care institutions to upgrade facilities and funds a nutrition project that supplies preschoolers with snacks of fortified milk and enriched wafers. Along with micro-credit loans to farmers, fishermen, and small businesses for expansion of their operations, ANERA helps municipalities with costs of water, road, and other major upgrades in infrastructure. In the West Bank and Gaza, information technology centers funded by ANERA train university graduates, students, and business people in computer software and applications. Scholarships from ANERA pay for school expenses of handicapped, orphaned, and destitute children. Teaming with local partners, ANERA also builds and equips classrooms, libraries, and sports facilities, sponsors training opportunities for teachers, and offers support to institutions for after-school projects in music and the arts.

For the fiscal year ended May 31, 2006, ANERA's program expenses were:

  
Health services 22,504,566
Education 4,564,740
Community and economic development 2,556,197
Public education 69,849

Total Program Expenses:

$29,695,352




Governance                


Chief Executive : Peter Gubser, President
Compensation*: $193,850

Chair of the Board: Curtis W. Brand
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Former Chairman and CEO, Mobil Saudi Arabia

Board Size: 35

Paid Staff Size: 78


*June 1, 2006 - May 31, 2007 compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.




Fund Raising                


Method(s) Used:

Direct mail, special events, print advertisements, grant proposals, Internet appeals, and planned giving
Fund raising costs were 1% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $30,638,985, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
ANERA incurred joint costs of $7,541 for informational materials and activities that included fund raising materials. Of those costs, $3,729 was allocated to program expenses, $1,512 was allocated to fund raising expenses, and $2,300 was allocated to administrative expenses.




Tax Status                


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.




Financial                


The following information is based on ANERA's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2006:

Source of Funds  
In-kind contributions 20,073,015
United States Government grants 4,682,098
Private sector grants and contributions 3,175,299
Donor contributions and other grants 2,138,168
United Nations grants 570,405
Interest 41,456
Total Income $30,680,441






Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 95%  Fund Raising: 1%  Administrative: 4% 


Total income   $30,680,441
  Program expenses $29,695,352  
  Fund raising expenses 283,513  
  Administrative expenses 1,212,700  
   
   
Total expenses   $31,191,565
 
Expenses in Excess of Income   (511,124)
Beginning net assets   5,749,189
 
Ending net assets   5,238,065
Total liabilities   1,394,798
 
Total assets   $6,632,863
 


Note 1: According to ANERA's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2006, the organization received $20,073,015 in in-kind donations which include medicines and medical supplies.

Note 2: ANERA's fund raising expenses were about 1% of total expenses in the fiscal year ended May 31, 2006.


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