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JEWS UNITED FOR JUSTICE INC

Think Jewishly. Act Locally.

aka JUFJ   |   Washington, DC   |  www.jufj.org

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JEWS UNITED FOR JUSTICE INC

EIN: 52-2346578


Mission

Jews United for Justice advances economic, racial, and social justice in the Baltimore-Washington region by educating and mobilizing our local Jewish communities to action. We move our region closer to equity and justice by advancing issue-based campaigns that make real, immediate, and concrete improvements in people’s lives and build the power of working-class and poor communities of color. Through these campaigns we develop leaders, build our Jewish grassroots community, shift the consciousness of our community, and build the collective power needed to undo systemic racism and inequality.

Notes from the nonprofit

After going through a racial equity audit process, we are now in a full-organization process to ensure every part of our organization is operating with the intent and impact of creating more racial equity.

Ruling year info

2002

Principal Officer

Mr. Jacob Feinspan

Main address

PO Box 41485

Washington, DC 20018 USA

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EIN

52-2346578

Subject area info

Health care access

Judaism

Labor rights

Economic justice

Antidiscrimination

Population served info

Jewish people

Economically disadvantaged people

NTEE code info

Jewish (X30)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Jews United for Justice advances economic, racial, and social justice in Washington DC and Maryland by educating and mobilizing our local Jewish communities to action. We move our region closer to equity and justice by advancing issue-based campaigns that make real, immediate, and concrete improvements in people's lives and build the power of working-class and poor communities of color. Through these campaigns we develop leaders, build our Jewish grassroots community, shift the consciousness of our community, and build the collective power needed to undo systemic racism and inequality.

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?

Making Pragmatic and Prophetic Change

JUFJ works in coalitions and in partnership with grassroots and advocacy groups throughout our region, especially those led by and accountable to our BIPOC neighbors who have been systemically oppressed. Together, we seek to build and win policy campaigns that make our region more just. JUFJ's grassroots leaders work with our staff to plan events, advocate at the city, county, and state level, mobilize their neighbors and friends, and shape tactics and strategies designed to win real changes in peoples everyday lives.

Population(s) Served
Jewish people
Economically disadvantaged people

JUFJ’s power depends on a base of grassroots leaders who are prepared to take action, and to both follow and lead in our issue-campaigns. We build our members’ understanding of and commitment to JUFJ’s change-making by offering political, issue, anti-oppression, and Jewish education, and leadership training. A well-educated community is more deeply motivated to work for change. JUFJ staff and volunteers bring compelling content about our issues to our whole community to inspire activism, and scale-up volunteer leadership. We frame all of our work in the sacred values of Jewish tradition and learn from the history of our ancestors who sought justice.

Population(s) Served
Jewish people
Economically disadvantaged people
Jewish people
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.

Number of people on the organization's email list

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of highly active volunteer leaders

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Increasing

Number of people who took action with us online last year.

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Increasing

Number of people who engaged with JUFJ at least 10 times last year

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Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

Everyone in our region should have what they need to live and thrive, and a real voice in democracy, no matter the color of their skin, where they are from, or how much money they have. We work with partners of all colors, faiths, and backgrounds to move our government to focus on equity and justice, and to respond to the needs of poor and working people, whether Black, brown, or white. We seek to build our Jewish community so that it is a proud and valued partner in bringing about a more just future through multiracial, multifaith, cross-class movements working for social, racial, and economic justice.

Our staff, board, volunteers, and key partners have developed four key strategies:

Making systemic change in our region: Advance economic, social and racial equity in our region by winning policy change that makes a real, immediate, and concrete improvement in people’s lives.

Develop Our Leaders and Engage Our Community: Create a cadre of Jewish leaders who will advance transformational social change and use community organizing to mobilize the broader Jewish community in creating a more just and equitable region.

Build the Power of Our Field: Invest our time, voice and relationships to help strengthen the social change field in our region and the Jewish social justice field nationally, and to bring additional resources and visibility to our partners.
Strengthen Our Institution: Build JUFJ’s institutional capacity so we can support and sustain this work over the long term.

We use an anti-racist/racial equity analysis in everything we do.

Since 1998, JUFJ has developed a strong track record for successfully accomplishing our goals. We win campaigns through our proven strategies--training and empowering volunteer leaders, teaching our community how to be effectively engaged in local government, and building a rich, sustaining, Jewish community. We work successfully with coalitions and trusted partners throughout our region, and have long-term relationships with key elected officials. We have over 12,000 people in our community, and we organize them successfully to work for change in our region. Our progress isnt always immediate, but weve shown that our techniques bring many victories - Paid Sick Days in DC, Montgomery County, and Maryland, Paid Family Leave in DC, a higher minimum wage in Montgomery County and DC, rental licensing and more police accountability in Baltimore, and many others.

JUFJ is proud of our work. We have built a strong, sustaining, powerful community of thousands of people in DC, Montgomery County, Baltimore, and throughout Maryland, that together works to change our region based on our shared vision of a more just society.
We don’t just build community, we also have won substantive policy victories. Together with our partners, our recent policy wins include:
-A progressive Paid Family Leave program for hundreds of thousands of DC employees that will allow people to care for themselves, ill family members, or new babies. In addition, the bill has progressive wage replacement, with low wage workers able to receive 90% of their wages while on leave.
-Paid Family Leave for most Marylanders!
-Increased compensation for DC’s early childhood educators. The DC Council passed legislation to send childcare providers checks for at least $10,000 for their work in FY22. For many early childhood educators, that is a pay raise of about 25%.
-JUFJ is working for the implementation of the Right to Counsel program in Baltimore City. Thanks to the advocacy of JUFJ and its partners, Right to Counsel has now been funded on a state level; and, the program will start to be implemented this year. On this and other renter’s rights issues in Baltimore, JUFJ works closely with Baltimore Renter’s United (BRU), a coalition it helps lead, that seeks to center directly impacted tenants.
-Paid Sick Days for most people in Maryland and in DC.
-A $15 minimum wage in Maryland and DC.
This is just a sample of some of our successes. Today, we are working with partners in multiracial, multifaith coalitions to transform our region. Specific campaigns include our efforts to ensure Paid Family Leave in DC is implemented successfully, an effort to work with partners to transform the lives of children ages 0-3 throughout the District of Columbia, renter's rights, affordable housing, and more.

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

    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

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

JEWS UNITED FOR JUSTICE INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
2022 FY 2022 Audit 2021 FY 2021 Audit 2020 FY 2020 Audit 2019 2019 Audit 2018 2018 Audit 2016
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

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

6.00

Average of 9.29 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

6.6

Average of 5 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

19%

Average of 18% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

JEWS UNITED FOR JUSTICE INC

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of JEWS UNITED FOR JUSTICE INC’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 2017 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $56,473 $117,933 $157,496 $805,229 $265,120
As % of expenses 12.2% 6.7% 7.5% 32.9% 9.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $56,245 $112,206 $150,773 $799,308 $259,449
As % of expenses 12.2% 6.4% 7.1% 32.6% 9.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $589,298 $1,949,720 $2,915,101 $2,519,438 $3,036,550
Total revenue, % change over prior year -39.9% 0.0% 49.5% -13.6% 20.5%
Program services revenue 0.3% 2.5% 1.3% 0.7% 1.8%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.1% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 11.8%
All other grants and contributions 95.5% 97.2% 97.9% 98.4% 86.0%
Other revenue 4.2% 0.3% 0.8% 0.8% 0.4%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $461,456 $1,757,423 $2,111,103 $2,448,143 $2,788,930
Total expenses, % change over prior year -55.3% 0.0% 20.1% 16.0% 13.9%
Personnel 76.0% 53.8% 61.8% 58.8% 63.5%
Professional fees 5.8% 4.4% 4.7% 4.8% 8.3%
Occupancy 8.5% 5.0% 5.1% 2.1% 1.2%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 27.3% 22.6% 29.0% 22.7%
All other expenses 9.7% 9.6% 5.9% 5.3% 4.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $461,684 $1,763,150 $2,117,826 $2,454,064 $2,794,601
One month of savings $38,455 $146,452 $175,925 $204,012 $232,411
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $357,200
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $7,511 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $500,139 $1,909,602 $2,301,262 $2,658,076 $3,384,212

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 7.3 2.5 8.4 8.8 6.6
Months of cash and investments 7.3 2.5 8.4 8.8 6.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 5.8 1.5 2.1 5.8 6.2
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $279,178 $365,199 $1,472,866 $1,800,236 $1,535,740
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $101,895 $292,580 $401,537 $246,477 $313,666
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $7,132 $26,481 $33,992 $36,465 $32,683
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 77.7% 45.3% 55.1% 67.6% 73.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 15.0% 15.9% 28.1% 30.3% 13.7%
Unrestricted net assets $225,902 $236,354 $387,127 $1,186,435 $1,445,884
Temporarily restricted net assets $105,000 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $334,932 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $105,000 $334,932 $981,434 $247,500 $230,000
Total net assets $330,902 $571,286 $1,368,561 $1,433,935 $1,675,884

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2017 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
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

Mr. Jacob Feinspan

Jacob is the Executive Director of Jews United for Justice, which organizes the Jewish community to lead campaigns for economic, social, and racial justice in the Baltimore Washington region. In his sixteen years at the helm, JUFJ has grown more than tenfold and is now a key change-making institution in the region. Before joining JUFJ, Jacob founded the advocacy program at American Jewish World Service and coordinated anti-poverty advocacy and grant-making at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. He is a Wexner Field Fellow, and was named one of 16 Faith Leaders to Watch in 2016 by Center for American Progress. Jacob is one of three national co-chairs of the Working Families Party and serves on the Leadership Team of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable. He also chairs the Collaborative for Jewish Organizing, a network of nine Jewish organizations working on the ground in 16 states and the District of Columbia. Jacob lives with his family in Wheaton, MD.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

JEWS UNITED FOR JUSTICE INC

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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JEWS UNITED FOR JUSTICE INC

Board of directors
as of 01/23/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Desmond Serrette

Community Change

Kathy Krieger

James & Hoffman

Desmond Serrette

Community Change

Carlos Jimenez

AFL-CIO

Debbie Goldman

Retired, Communication Workers of America

Tara Huffman

The Advocates' Assistant, LLC

Ed Lazere

United Planning Organization

Tracie Guy-Decker

Joyous Justice and Consulting

Carol Stern

Retired, First Consulting & Administration, Inc.

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 1/3/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/06/2023

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
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Professional fundraisers

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SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

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