Ezer Mzion, Inc.

aka Ezer Mizion   |   Brooklyn, NY   |  www.ezermizion.org

Mission

Ezer Mizions goal is to provide services for the sick, elderly and disabled populations together with their families who are challenged by crises. We support other organizations which meet our criteria including Ezer Mizion-Israel which operates out of dozens of cities in Israel with over 24,000 volunteers and a professional staff of varied fields. Over 660,000 apply for services in Ezer Mizion-Israel each year. Ezer Mizion's International Jewish Bone Marrow Registry is the largest Jewish and the 6th largest registry in the world. It has saved over 2800 lives around the globe, 307 in 2017 alone.

Notes from the nonprofit

A first for Israel: Ezer Mizion’s International Bone Marrow Donor Registry - which currently numbers over 950,000 potential donors and has already saved the lives of more than 3,000 people - inaugurated Ezer Mizion’s Stem Cell Harvesting Center. For the first time in Israel, a stem cell harvesting center will operate as an independent entity, enabling donors to undergo the stem cell donation under one roof. Augmentative Communication: Ezer Mizion was chosen by Google Impact Challenge for its project with Click2speak, an Israeli start-up, to develop an on-screen eye-tracking operated keyboard that will enable people with high cognitive function and limited mobility to communicate and control their environment. Bone Marrow Registry: Ezer Mizion was invited to Israel's President Rivlin's palatial estates to celebrate its partnership with the IDF which has resulted in countless lives of Jews around the globe being saved by IDF members who had registered at the time of their recruitment.

Ruling year info

1994

Principal Officer

Mr. Moshe Bodner

Main address

5225 New Utrecht Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11219 USA

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EIN

13-3660421

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Health Support Services (E60)

Community Mental Health Center (F32)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Many patients suffer from life-threatening diseases which can be cured with a bone marrow transplant. Genetic matching between donor and patient is essential for success. DNA matching is based on ethnicity. Should a match not be available when needed, it is likely that the patient's condition will deteriorate and, even if found at a later date, a transplant would no longer be effective. Requests are received form oncology clinics around the globe. Over 2700 lives have been saved but too many were returned with the ominous words: No Match Found. It is therefore vital that Ezer Mizion, the largest Jewish registry worldwide, be further enlarged so that each request can be met before it is too late.
Ezer Mizion also supports Ezer Mizion-Israel with grants towards its many services for the elderly, the cancer patient, the special child and the mentally ill.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Bone Marrow Registry

Ezer Mizion's International Jewish Bone Marrow Registry is the largest Jewish registry in the world. It serves Jewish cancer patients around the globe whose only chance of survival is a bone marrow transplant by facilitating life saving genetic matches between the recipient and potential donor. New IDF recruits, in addition to the general public, are tested creating a registry consisting of many varied Jewish ethnic groups.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Ezer Mizion supports AAC, under the auspices of Ezer Mizion- Israel, which lends lends up- to- date equipment to enable the speech impaired to communicate with family and friends. The child is able to grow in communication skills and the adult is able to maintain his place in the workforce resulting in community members that are able to give rather than be in need of social services.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Ezer Mizion supports cancer support under the auspices of Ezer Mizion-Israel including professional therapy made available to families dealing with cancer in addition to meals, transportation, medical equipment, housing near treatment centers, trips and entertainment made available to patients and families.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Ezer Mizion supports food distribution under the auspices of Ezer Mizion-Israel which provides hot meals, snacks and sandwiches to families at the hospital bedside of loved ones.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Ezer Mizion provides transportation for the ill, the disabled and the respiratory challenged under the auspices of Ezer Mizion-Israel.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Charity Navigator 2016

Awards

accreditation 2011

World Marrow Donor Association

Outstanding Contribution 2011

Familial Disautonomy Association

Honorary Doctorate awarded to founder 2010

Bar Ilan University

Recognition of Coronavirus Volunteers 2021

Israel Knesset and Asaf HaRofeh Hospital

Affiliations & memberships

World Marrow Donor Day Grand Prize Winner 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of lives saved

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

Bone Marrow Registry

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of life-saving bone marrow transplants facilitated by registrants of Bone Marrow Registry per year

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Ezer Mizion's International Jewish Bone Marrow Registry is its prime division and currently its major focus. For many cancer patients, the sole chance of survival is a bone marrow transplant. Success is contingent on genetic matching and Jews tend to match Jews. A Jewish registry is, therefore, a vital need and an 'insurance policy' for Jewry worldwide. The largest Jewish registry in the world, Ezer Mizion has over 800,000 registrants. However, the high cost of genetic testing precludes sufficient expansion to meet the needs of the global Jewish community. Until 2012, all testing has been funded by the generosity of Jews around the globe. A new law has been passed in Israel allowing for 25% of the expected annual registration to be government funded. Seventy five percent will still need to be funded by outside sources. An eight year old boy named Tal is a case in point. When he was six and his friends were entering first grade, Tal spent most of his time in the hospital fighting for his life. Two years later, his doctor advised a transplant as the only recourse. Ezer Mizion was contacted, as were the smaller registries. No match was found. The race was on and a drive was set up. New registrants were tested. Eventually a match was found but the joy was short-lived. Tal's condition, as is often the case, had deteriorated and a transplant was no longer possible. Tal will never turn nine. With superhuman strength, Tal's father spoke publicly and urged people to donate generously so that the story can have a happy ending for other families. It is essential that the registry be enlarged so that a match is available at the time of need. A cancer patient cannot wait.

Occasional public drives and regular testing by Ezer Mizion-Israel of new IDF recruits who, being young , offer the greatest chance of remaining on the database for the longest period of time. Their highly varied ethnic background has been proven to be, by far, the best source of varied genetics, offering the most chance for a successful match.

An agreement with the IDF in 2005 enables Ezer Mizion-Israel to have testing stations at all recruiting points so that new recruits are made aware of the need to join the registry and can conveniently do so during the recruiting process. The IDF, recognizing the value of the work done by Ezer Mizion, is extremely cooperative in both the original testing and in expediently locating a recruit when needed for bone marrow donation.

The registry continues to grow and the proportion of matches to requests, while increasing each year due to a larger amount of registrants on the database, has greatly increased since 2005 when the IDF agreement was signed. However, each death due to no match being found is a failure. All facts and figures are available either on website www.ezermizion.org/about or upon request.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Clients such as families dealing with cancer and other serious illnesses, families dealing with mental illness, care of senior or special needs child.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Case management notes, voluntary letters from beneficiaries,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Negative responses to requests for genetic match in order to facilitate stem cell transplant among minority groups led to drives among minority groups to increase registration so that these genetic groups may be better represented.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Feedback enhanced our understanding of the emotional trauma often present during crises undergone by clients and their families and opened up new areas to focus on such as including a gift for children with holiday food packages. Understanding the difficulties of a potential stem cell donor has led to establishing a Harvesting Center under the auspices of the organization.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Feedback is voluntary,

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Ezer Mzion, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 08/01/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Moshe Bodner

No Affiliation

Manny Malekan

No Affiliation

Philip Lazarus

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Moshe Bodner

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Yaakov Marmurstein

No Affiliation

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/25/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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