American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem

Building hope in the Holy Land

aka AFEDJ   |   Darien, CT   |  www.afedj.org

Mission

AFEDJ is an independent, non-political organization which
works with the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and its teaching and healing institutions. The American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem raises funds to support hospitals, schools and institutes for the physically and mentally disabled in Jordan, Palestine, Israel and Lebanon.
We provide financial support to hospitals and schools that serve persons of all religious, economic and ethnic backgrounds.

Ruling year info

1964

Executive Director

John Lent

Main address

25 Old King's Highway North Suite 13

Darien, CT 06820 USA

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Formerly known as

Evangelical Home for Children

EIN

59-6155008

NTEE code info

Public Foundations (T30)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Thirty years ago, at the time of the first Intifata in Palestine, Episcopal leaders saw the need for a safe, secure channel to offer support for the humanitarian institutions owned and operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem (AFEDJ) was born. The children and families served by the two dozen schools, hospitals, and centers for children with disabilities across Palestine, Israel, Jordan, and Lebanon are some of the most vulnerable people on the planet, many of them displaced for decades. By raising funds and awareness in the U.S. to support the mission of these institutions that serve all people irrespective of their religion, ethnicity, or ability to pay, we believe the values of equity, justice, and respect for the dignity of all are shared with the people of this conflict-torn region.

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?

Scholarships

Provide scholarship aid to children of any religious or economic background to enable them to attend one of the 13 schools owned and operated by the Diocese of Jerusalem.  School fees are anywhere between $500 and $2000 depending on grade and location, unaffordable to many.  Education provides choice in a difficult environment.  It has been said that peace begins on a school desk.  We help provide that desk to any child in need -- along with opportunity.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Provide operating funds for hospitals and clinic in the Diocese of Jerusalem.  These include a full service hospital, St. Luke's in Nablus, West Bank, Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza, one of the few full service hospitals in an extremely needy area, and the Penman Clinic, a full service ambulatory care facility serving 12 villages in the West Bank.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Operating support for the four institutes and four schools serving the visually impaired, deaf, physically and mentally impaired.  These include the Princess Basma Center for Disabled Children in Jerusalem, the Fr. Andeweg Institute for the Deaf in Beirut, the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf in Jordan, the Jofeh Center in Jordan, St. Lukes' Center for Mentally Disabled Children in Lebanon, and the Arab Episcopal School in Irbid Jordan.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Caregivers

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Charity Navigator 4 Star Charity 2020

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

The institutions we serve are building a future of hope, equality, and opportunity through five focus areas:

Opportunity for children with disabilities
Access to comprehensive, quality healthcare
Youth empowerment and employability
Educational equity for girls and young women
Next generation leadership

By raising funds for and awareness about the work of these institutions, AFEDJ will accomplish our mission of transforming lives of vulnerable and displaced people in the Middle East.

We seek to achieve our goals by expanding our visibility before grant-making institutions whose mission aligns with ours, by deepening our connections with people of faith across a wide ranges of denominations and religions, and by broadening knowledge of our work to those who care about the plight of the Palestinians and other displaced people in the Middle East.

AFEDJ has a small, but dedicated staff and a strong, involved and committed board of trustees from across the U.S. Because of our long-standing and deep relationship with the leaders of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, we are a trusted channel for ensuring funds are used for the purposes for which they are donated. AFEDJ has an excellent reputation with donors and funders alike. We are able to show a demonstrable impact on the lives of children and families served by the institutions we support.

In the last three years: AFEDJ has increased amount of funds transferred to institutions, increased our number of donors, been awarded an increased amount of foundation support for sustainable programs. We have an ambitious board goals for revenue over the next three year and five years. We also have efforts underway to win more foundation grants and expand our reach beyond the Episcopal Church.

Financials

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Operations

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

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American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem

Board of directors
as of 1/18/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

The Rt. Rev. Gregory Rickel

Episcopal Diocese of Olympia

Term: 2021 - 2024

Endicott Peabody

Robie White

Matthew Dayton-Welch

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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/28/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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