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JCC Rockland Teen Leadership Initiative
February 10, 2015
“Evaluating Charities Using the Clink! App”
Session led by Tamar...
JCC Rockland Teen Leadership Initiative
February 10, 2015
Download JCF’s new app at
www.jcfny.org/clink
JCF’s Impact
• Each year, JCF makes a Community Gift of
$2 million to UJA-Federation of NY
• More than $10 million has bee...
Educational Resources
JCF provides seminars, guidebooks, webinars and
online resources to help people be more strategic an...
Goals for this session:
•Explore the Clink! App
•Create an evaluation rubric
•Learn how to research charities
•Discover to...
Take 5-7 minutes to test drive
the Clink! app
download at jcfny.org/clink
What are the three TOP issue
areas that you care most about?
How many of your were:
Global changemakers?
Jewish activists?
Champions of causes?
Local agents of change?
Initial criteria to think about:
 local vs. global
 Jewish vs. non-Jewish
 preferred issue areas
Others?
Ways to evaluate charities:
•Review grant application
•Look at charity’s website/materials
•Site visits
•Interviews with
s...
Research Charities Online
•Charity Navigator
(www.charitynavigator.org)
•GuideStar (www.guidestar.org)
•Better Business Bu...
What is a 990?
•Every public charity files a form 990
with the IRS which can tell you
about its financial health
•If an or...
Exercise: Sharsheret’s 990
• What % of donation goes to charitable
purposes? (Should be at least 60%)
• Is the charity in ...
Why an evaluation rubric?
•Common set of questions to
ask of all organizations levels
the playing field
•Choose grantee mo...
Articulate a Mission Statement
We, the JCC Rockland Teen
Leadership Initiative, will
support an organization that:
_______...
Grant Application Evaluation Qs
•What is the purpose/mission of the
program?
•What need does it address? What
would happen...
More questions
• How great is the need this project
addresses?
• How feasible is this project?
• Will this program have a ...
Questions?
Tamar Snyder
Associate Director, Strategic Initiatives &
Communications
212.752.8277 ext. 231
tamar@jcfny.org
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Evaluating Charities -- JCC Rockland Teen Leadership

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Tamar Snyder, Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives, led a session on evaluating charities with the JCC Rockland Teen Leadership Initiative members. The session started off with an interactive exercise using the Clink! app, which can be downloaded for free by visiting jcfny.org/clink

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Evaluating Charities -- JCC Rockland Teen Leadership

  1. 1. JCC Rockland Teen Leadership Initiative February 10, 2015 “Evaluating Charities Using the Clink! App” Session led by Tamar Snyder, Assoc. Director, Strategic Initiatives
  2. 2. JCC Rockland Teen Leadership Initiative February 10, 2015 Download JCF’s new app at www.jcfny.org/clink
  3. 3. JCF’s Impact • Each year, JCF makes a Community Gift of $2 million to UJA-Federation of NY • More than $10 million has been awarded from JCF’s Special Gifts Fund since 1999 to dozens of Jewish communal organizations • JCF donors grant more than $250 million annually to charities in all sectors
  4. 4. Educational Resources JCF provides seminars, guidebooks, webinars and online resources to help people be more strategic and have greater impact with their philanthropy: • Teen Tzedakah Guide and Clink! Teen Giving App • Your Jewish Philanthropy Roadmap • JCF Roadmap – Start Your Journey Conversation Cards • JCF Legacy Scrapbook & Guidebook
  5. 5. Goals for this session: •Explore the Clink! App •Create an evaluation rubric •Learn how to research charities •Discover tools to help you be more thoughtful with your own charitable giving
  6. 6. Take 5-7 minutes to test drive the Clink! app download at jcfny.org/clink
  7. 7. What are the three TOP issue areas that you care most about?
  8. 8. How many of your were: Global changemakers? Jewish activists? Champions of causes? Local agents of change?
  9. 9. Initial criteria to think about:  local vs. global  Jewish vs. non-Jewish  preferred issue areas Others?
  10. 10. Ways to evaluate charities: •Review grant application •Look at charity’s website/materials •Site visits •Interviews with staff/volunteers/recipients •Look at charity’s financial health
  11. 11. Research Charities Online •Charity Navigator (www.charitynavigator.org) •GuideStar (www.guidestar.org) •Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.org/us/charity- reviews)
  12. 12. What is a 990? •Every public charity files a form 990 with the IRS which can tell you about its financial health •If an organization is doing important work but its finances are a mess, your donation may be mishandled
  13. 13. Exercise: Sharsheret’s 990 • What % of donation goes to charitable purposes? (Should be at least 60%) • Is the charity in good financial health? • What is the organization’s mission? • What programs are in place to achieve these goals? • How do they measure effectiveness? • How long has the organization been in existence?
  14. 14. Why an evaluation rubric? •Common set of questions to ask of all organizations levels the playing field •Choose grantee more objectively, less because of emotion
  15. 15. Articulate a Mission Statement We, the JCC Rockland Teen Leadership Initiative, will support an organization that: _________________________ _________________________ _________________________
  16. 16. Grant Application Evaluation Qs •What is the purpose/mission of the program? •What need does it address? What would happen if it didn’t exist? •How many people will benefit? •Who will benefit? •Does the project’s budget seem appropriate?
  17. 17. More questions • How great is the need this project addresses? • How feasible is this project? • Will this program have a measurable and sustained impact? • Does the budget/financials seem appropriate? • Do you have confidence in the applicants’ ability to carry out this program successfully?
  18. 18. Questions? Tamar Snyder Associate Director, Strategic Initiatives & Communications 212.752.8277 ext. 231 tamar@jcfny.org

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