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THE PRIORY IN THE US OF AMER OF THE MST VEN ORD OF THE HOSP OF ST JOHN

aka The Priory in the USA of the Order of St John   |   Washington, DC   |  www.saintjohn.org
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THE PRIORY IN THE US OF AMER OF THE MST VEN ORD OF THE HOSP OF ST JOHN

EIN: 13-6161455


Mission

The mission of the Priory in the United States of America of The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem is to support the sick and the poor in fellowship as an order of chivalry that operates regardless of race, gender, class or religion. We support St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group and, through our volunteer corps program, we support the social and healthcare needs of U.S. communities.

Ruling year info

1962

Prior (Chairman)

Nigel Heath

Chancellor (Chief Operating Officer)

Ellen LeCompte

Main address

1850 M St, NW, Suite 1070

Washington, DC 20036 USA

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EIN

13-6161455

Subject area info

Voluntarism

Health care access

Ophthalmology

Specialty hospital care

Population served info

People of Middle Eastern descent

Economically disadvantaged people

Victims and oppressed people

NTEE code info

Hospital (Specialty) (E24)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The U.S. Priory of the Order of St John works with the St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group to end preventable blindness in the Palestinian territories.

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?

Support St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group

The history and original purpose of The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem (the Order of St John) - one that began over 1,000 years ago in a hospice for sick pilgrims in Jerusalem - continues to this day. As it has developed into a modern charity, the Order has never forgotten its roots and the integral connection between faith and action.

Today the Order is an international family of charities whose mission is to lead globally in First Aid and medical responses to community healthcare needs. The Order encompasses the foundations of the St John Ambulance program and St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group (SJEHG), which is the primary focus of the U.S. Priory and its Members. St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group is the only charitable provider of expert eye care in the Holy Land. Its goal is to end preventable blindness throughout the Holy Land.

Population(s) Served
People of Middle Eastern descent
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Total dollars received in contributions

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

People of Middle Eastern descent

Related Program

Support St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

The U.S. Priory of the Order of St John is part of one of the oldest charitable and chivalric orders in the world. The heritage and impact of the Order and of the the U.S. Priory on behalf of the sick and the poor are widely known around the world, with the U.S. Priory focused on leadership and support of the St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group as well as support of the social and healthcare needs of U.S. communities through the St John Volunteer Corps.

The Priory's Goals include:
1. Increase support for the St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group
2. Expand the SJVC to make it more attractive to members and encourage participation
3. Actively identify, educate and sponsor outstanding new members
4. Provide a wide range of opportunities to deepen member connections
5. Maximize effectiveness of U.S. Priory governance and communications

1. Increase support for the St John Eye Hospital and the U.S. Priory
- revise and enforce Priory protocols to assure each member remains active in their financial support
- create a comprehensive development plan to grow contributed revenue from primarily members' annual
donations to additional and annual planned gifts, corporations, foundations and government sources
- revise the communication strategy and messaging, focusing more on the impact of giving to support the mission
and the people served
2. Expand the SJVC
- reimagine the SJVC to utilize the wide spectrum of members' experience and interests so most members are
able to identify volunteer opportunities for which they are suited and that are aligned with the Priory's
mission
- consider means for members, representing the Order, to volunteer with other organizations whose missions and
interests align with those of the Priory
3. Actively identify, educate and sponsor outstanding new members
- establish a uniform and more robust organization structure and process for identifying and sponsoring member
candidates for appointment.
- implement an educational program for member candidates before their appointment to encourage engagement
- develop and institute and required "New Member Orientation" program for newly appointed members
- clarify the duties of each sponsoring member to ensure his or her understanding of the qualifications and suitability of the nominee aligns with the mission of the Priory and the Order
4. Provide a wide range of opportunities to deepen member engagement
- expand the number of opportunities, especially at the regional level, that allow members to develop more meaningful engagement and fellowship with other members
- develop a wide range of activities - both in person and virtually - to increase members' knowledge or experience in particular areas related to the mission of the Priory and the heritage of the Order
5. Maximize effectiveness of U.S. Priory governance and communications
- update the governance articles, structure and culture to increase transparency in decision-making and responsiveness to members' input
- continue implementation of a credible and transparent protocol for the promotion and recognition of members
- continue to enhance the Priory's communications with all stakeholders so each understands and embraces the evolving mission and is aware of the direct positive impact members and donors have in the lives of the sick and the poor
- develop relationships with other organizations to expand and amplify the efforts of the Priory in fulfilling its mission
- improve communications and coordination with other parts of St John International to provide members of the U.S. Priory more information regarding the work and positive impact of those entities

The U.S. Priory relies on its members and their expertise to achieve its strategic goals.

Since 2021 members have been asked to serve on the governing board (Chapter), as regional co-chairs, on the Priory's standing committees and as advisors on various matters that arise. This engagement allows for the exchange of different and creative ideas and approaches to what the Priory wishes to accomplish and how it will move forward.

Since the Strategic Plan was put in place, the Priory leadership has taken a thoughtful and coordinated approach to achieving its goals:

- the U.S. Priory has significantly increased its financial support to the St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group (SJEHG) and has two members who provide guidance and expertise as members of the SJEHG Board
- the St John Volunteer Corps (SJVC) has expanded significantly in terms of the number of active member volunteers and especially the number of organizations with which we partner
- a program has been put into place to "train the nominator" before recruiting and nominating prospective members; in addition, a "New Member Orientation" was created in 2021 which welcomes new members, allows them to meet other new members and members of the Priory's leadership and to ask any questions that might be on their minds
- the expanded regional event structure provides a wide range of activities -- both social and programmatic -- to increase engagement of our members to the Priory and to each other
- the U.S. Priory now has a Governance Committee that updated the Priory's bylaws; the Priory Chapter (Board) emphasizes transparency in the decision-making it undertakes, which has had a positive impact on our membership
- recognizing that communication - internally and externally - is key to accomplishing our goals, a communications committee was launched -- and has grown considerably -- to develop new ways of communicating (through social media) and revamping existing methods of communications (newsletter and website). These updates have received very positive feedback, but we also realize it is an ongoing process

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • 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 inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

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

    We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, 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, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

THE PRIORY IN THE US OF AMER OF THE MST VEN ORD OF THE HOSP OF ST JOHN
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

5.87

Average of 18.34 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

3.2

Average of 2.8 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

19%

Average of 17% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

THE PRIORY IN THE US OF AMER OF THE MST VEN ORD OF THE HOSP OF ST JOHN

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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THE PRIORY IN THE US OF AMER OF THE MST VEN ORD OF THE HOSP OF ST JOHN

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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THE PRIORY IN THE US OF AMER OF THE MST VEN ORD OF THE HOSP OF ST JOHN

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of THE PRIORY IN THE US OF AMER OF THE MST VEN ORD OF THE HOSP OF ST JOHN’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $72,696 $264,462 $403,146 $576,638 -$287,982
As % of expenses 2.1% 8.0% 13.8% 17.0% -6.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $59,775 $253,278 $394,488 $565,758 -$298,858
As % of expenses 1.8% 7.6% 13.4% 16.6% -6.8%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $3,673,215 $3,367,405 $3,317,551 $4,079,724 $5,261,055
Total revenue, % change over prior year 52.3% -8.3% -1.5% 23.0% 29.0%
Program services revenue 1.8% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 14.9%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 1.5% 2.0% 1.9% 1.8% 1.6%
Government grants 19.4% 5.6% 0.0% 1.8% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 77.5% 87.7% 99.1% 97.4% 81.3%
Other revenue -0.3% 4.8% -1.0% -1.0% 2.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $3,402,033 $3,317,741 $2,929,173 $3,390,335 $4,405,933
Total expenses, % change over prior year 65.2% -2.5% -11.7% 15.7% 30.0%
Personnel 11.1% 12.7% 16.2% 10.1% 6.7%
Professional fees 3.4% 4.2% 6.8% 6.1% 4.6%
Occupancy 3.5% 4.5% 5.2% 4.6% 3.7%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 66.0% 68.7% 67.6% 74.5% 67.1%
All other expenses 15.9% 9.8% 4.1% 4.6% 17.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $3,414,954 $3,328,925 $2,937,831 $3,401,215 $4,416,809
One month of savings $283,503 $276,478 $244,098 $282,528 $367,161
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $71,811 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $13,500 $9,740 $11,806 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $3,698,457 $3,618,903 $3,191,669 $3,767,360 $4,783,970

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 1.8 2.4 1.0 1.8 3.2
Months of cash and investments 10.0 12.3 17.3 19.6 13.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 7.0 8.1 10.9 11.3 7.9
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $503,237 $664,494 $251,569 $513,969 $1,168,586
Investments $2,327,824 $2,743,915 $3,973,076 $5,032,641 $3,944,040
Receivables $159,014 $146,260 $113,586 $89,216 $422,159
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $90,840 $101,637 $74,656 $86,463 $80,728
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 62.3% 64.0% 49.6% 55.4% 65.4%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 2.3% 6.0% 3.9% 3.0% 13.9%
Unrestricted net assets $2,015,420 $2,268,698 $2,663,186 $3,228,944 $2,930,086
Temporarily restricted net assets $638,088 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $326,834 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $964,922 $1,141,719 $1,576,061 $2,309,050 $2,462,145
Total net assets $2,980,342 $3,410,417 $4,239,247 $5,537,994 $5,392,231

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Prior (Chairman)

Nigel Heath

Nigel Graham Heath was born on the south coast of England, where he spent the first half of his life; was educated; met and married his wife, Jane; welcomed their daughter, Rebecca; and established his first software business. After selling this business, Nigel became an Angel Investor. Since 1994 Nigel and his family have lived in northern California, where they became U.S. citizens and involved themselves in local community and charitable organizations. A Member of the Order of St John since 2004, Nigel has served the Order and the U.S. Priory in a number of ways: as San Francisco Regional Chairman, Priory Treasurer, Priory Chapter member, St John Volunteer Corps volunteer and member of the St John Eye Hospital Finance Committee. Nigel and Jane reside in Ross, California. In addition to their daughter and son-in-law, they have two beautiful granddaughters.

Chancellor (Chief Operating Officer)

Ellen LeCompte

Ellen became a Member of the Order of St John in 2012, and served as Regional Chair for the Richmond region (2016-2020). As Chancellor of the US Priory, she was inspired by the 2021 Pilgrimage to Jerusalem to see first hand the amazing work of the St John Eye Hospital Group and its dedicated staff. In 2007 Ellen was part of the committee welcoming Her Majesty and British dignitaries to Virginia for the Jamestown 400th Celebration which led to collaboration on the book The Queen and the USA which was published in 2012 honoring the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, and and another edition in 2022 for the Platinum Jubilee. Since 2003, Ellen has annually been recognized by Travel+Leisure magazine as one of the top 130 travel advisors in the country as a UK expert. Ellen grew up in the National Historic Landmark town of Waterford, Virginia, and has a deep appreciation for preservation and history.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

THE PRIORY IN THE US OF AMER OF THE MST VEN ORD OF THE HOSP OF ST JOHN

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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THE PRIORY IN THE US OF AMER OF THE MST VEN ORD OF THE HOSP OF ST JOHN

Board of directors
as of 03/12/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Nigel Heath

Nigel G. Heath

Prior (Chairman)

Ellen M. LeCompte

Chancellor(COO)

John Macaskill

Treasurer

Maxey J. Roberts

Secretary

Richard Batchelder

Member

Simon Boyd

Member

John Busterud

Member

Dr. Glenn Davis

Member

The Rev'd Eleanor Ellsworth

Member

Dr. Bita Esmaeli

Member

Mark LaRoe

Member

Erwin Morrison

Member

Dr. Charles Mosteller

Member

Nancy Paris

Member

Christopher St. Victor-de Pinho

Member

Sandra Thurman

Member

The Rev'd Carl Turner

Member

David Boven Butler Derrick Courtenay Fain

Cynthia Jarboe

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 3/7/2024

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Professional fundraisers

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SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

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