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American Jewish World Service, Inc. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 06/15/2012: American Jewish World Service, Inc.

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 12/08/2014: AMERICAN JEWISH WORLD SERVICE INC

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AKA  AJWS
New York, NY
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American Jewish World Service, Inc. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 06/15/2012: American Jewish World Service, Inc.

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 12/08/2014: AMERICAN JEWISH WORLD SERVICE INC

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Also Known As: AJWS
Physical Address: New York, NY 10018 7904
EIN: 22-2584370
Web URL: www.ajws.org 
Blog URL: blogs.ajws.org/ 
NTEE Category: Q International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security
Q70 International Human Rights
X Religion, Spiritual Development
X30 Jewish
S Community Improvement, Capacity Building
Ruling Year: 1994 


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Mission Statement

Inspired by Judaism’s commitment to justice, American Jewish World Service works to realize human rights and end poverty in the developing world.

Legitimacy Information

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Annual Revenue & Expenses (IRS Form 990, January 2012)

Fiscal Year Starting: January 01, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2012

Total Revenue $51,185,141
Total Expenses $53,832,698

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Leadership

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Ms. Ruth W. Messinger

Term:

Since Mar 1998

Profile:

Ruth W. Messinger is president of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), an international development organization that supports human rights for marginalized people around the world. Ms. Messinger assumed this role in 1998 following a 20-year career in public service in New York City. Considered a national leader in the movement to end the genocide in Sudan, Ms. Messinger has been called upon several times to advise President Obama about creating a sustainable path toward peace in that country. She has also served on the Obama administration’s Task Force on Global Poverty and Development and currently sits on the State Department’s Religion and Foreign Policy Working Grouthe Women’s Funding Network and the American Jewish Committee. In recognition of her leadership she has been named among the Forward’s “50 Most Influential Jews of the Year” for the past decade and, in 2011, was on the Jerusalem Post’s “World’s Most Influential Jews” list. Ms. Messinger is an active member of her congregation, the Society for the Advancement of Judaism, and has three children, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

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Programs

Program: Working to realize the human rights of marginalized people in the developing world. (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$45,000,000
Category:
International, Foreign Affairs & National Security
Population Served:
Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Program Description:

Strategic Grant Making: AJWS funds hundreds of grassroots projects throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America that promote health, education, sustainable economic development, disaster relief, and social and political change. AJWS works with women, youth, ethnic, religious and sexual minorities, indigenous people, refugees and IDPs and people living with HIV/AIDS. Volunteer Service: AJWS volunteer service programs are designed to increase the impact of its grant making and to create a cadre of global social justice leaders. Each year, more than 400 AJWS volunteers, ranging from high school students to retirees, travel to the developing world to work with AJWS's project partners. Advocacy: In partnership with grantees, AJWS advocates for U.S. engagement to help find peaceful and just resolutions to the world?s worst conflicts and to provide support to rebuild societies devastated by crisis. AJWS's current advocacy work focuses on the the US Farm Bill, the genocide in Darfur, HIV/AIDS, debt relief, women's rights, and universal access to education. Education: AJWS seeks to make the pursuit of global justice an integral part of American Jewish identity. It brings Jewish perspectives to bear on many dimensions of global poverty through teaching and publishing materials that are true to Jewish tradition and responsive to the unique challenges of the 21st century.

Program Long-Term Success:

For the 10 years, AJWS has received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator in recognition of our excellent record of fiscal responsibility. We also have an "A" rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy.

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