B'nai B'rith International HQ Parent

The Global Voice of the Jewish Community

aka B.B.I.   |   Washington, DC   |
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B'nai B'rith International

EIN: 53-0179971


B'nai B'rith is an international Jewish organization committed to the security and continuity of the Jewish people, defending human rights, combating anti-Semitism, bigotry and ignorance, and providing service to the community on the broadest principles of humanity.

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Principal Officer

Mr. Seth J. Riklin

Main address

1120 20th Street NW Suite 300N

Washington, DC 20036 USA

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Subject area info

Public safety


Human rights

Retirement housing

Population served info



NTEE code info

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

Senior Citizens' Housing/Retirement Communities (L22)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (M12)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

B’nai B’rith International is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people around the globe. Founded in 1843 to help needy widows and orphans, B’nai B’rith has continuously evolved over the course of three separate centuries to ensure that wherever there is a need, there is B’nai B’rith. When human rights are threatened, when vulnerable populations like senior citizens need safe housing and representation, when the State of Israel is unfairly maligned at international bodies, when the Jewish community is attacked, when communities are in crisis – B’nai B’rith International, as the Global Voice of the Jewish community, is there to help, speak out and take action.

Our programs

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

Senior Housing and Advocacy

Through the B'nai B'rith Center for Senior Services, B'nai B'rith is the largest national Jewish sponsor of federally subsidized housing for the elderly. Through the Center for Human Rights and Public Policy, B'nai B'rith is an internationally respected voice for Jewish concerns. Our official missions at the United Nations and the European Union command influence at the highest diplomatic levels. B'nai B'rith's Center for Community Action involves volunteers in improving their communities and forging stronger bonds with their neighbors. Whether it's providing relief after natural disasters or working shifts at hospitals or firehouses so our Christian friends can spend Christmas with their families, B'nai B'rith is there for neighbors who need us. B'nai B'rith is cultivating the next generation of Jewish leaders through our support for The B'nai B'rith Youth Organization and Hillel Foundations.

Population(s) Served

B'nai B'rith has served as an NGO (non-governmental organization) at the United Nations (U.N.) since 1947. Whether an issue is before the Human Rights Council, the Security Council, or on the desk of a U.N. official, B'nai B'rith leaders and staff provide expert testimony and advocacy for Israel and the Jewish population worldwide.

Population(s) Served

The B'nai B'rith commitment to aid humankind grew out of its founders’ decision to create an insurance policy to award members' widows $30 toward funeral expenses, a stipend of one dollar a week for the rest of their lives, a stipend for each child, and the assurance a male child would be taught a trade.

Victims of a Baltimore flood in the mid-1800s were the first recipients of B’nai B’rith disaster relief funds, and the first international assistance project provided funds to Moses Montefiore in 1865 to assist victims of a cholera epidemic in what was then Palestine. B'rith later raised and distributed funds to those affected by the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the Galveston, Texas, flood of 1900, and the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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

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Direction of Success


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.

We are a national and global leader in advancing human rights; Israel advocacy; ensuring access to safe and affordable housing for low-income seniors and speaking out on vital issues concerning seniors and their families; diversity education; improving communities and helping communities in crisis.

B’nai B’rith is recognized as a vital voice in promoting Jewish unity and continuity, a staunch defender of the State of Israel, a tireless advocate on behalf of senior citizens and a leader in disaster relief.

B’nai B’rith has a presence in communities throughout the globe and outstanding name recognition which enables the organization to forge contacts and leverage connections to meet organizational goals. Over the course of three separate centuries B’nai B’rith has come to be known as the seminal Jewish community organization – we leverage our wide-ranging connections to ensure we can best meet needs as they arise.

B’nai B’rith has a proven history of impact. The organization is highly respected by worldwide leaders who consistently seek out B’nai B’rith to help move initiatives forward.

B’nai B’rith’s accomplishments are evident via its longstanding history and how respected the organization is around the globe. We will continue to advocate for Israel, ensuring access to safe and affordable housing for low-income seniors and help communities in crisis as necessary and to fight to ensure that human rights are protected around the globe – wherever there is a need there is B’nai B’rith.

How we listen

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

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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 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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?


B'nai B'rith International
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
2022 BBI FY 2022 Audited Financial Statement
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Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
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


Average of 0.81 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.9 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 15% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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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 B'nai B'rith International’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 2018 2019 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$766,646 -$5,169,043 -$182,658 $929,633 $1,669,273
As % of expenses -9.7% -73.8% -2.9% 17.3% 30.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$766,646 -$5,169,043 -$182,658 $813,425 $1,573,016
As % of expenses -9.7% -73.8% -2.9% 14.8% 28.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $7,205,928 $7,935,450 $6,042,550 $5,962,139 $7,292,422
Total revenue, % change over prior year 13.0% 10.1% -23.9% 0.0% 22.3%
Program services revenue 5.6% 2.2% 0.8% 0.3% 0.0%
Membership dues 6.5% 5.4% 6.4% 5.5% 4.6%
Investment income 0.3% 0.4% 0.5% 1.2% 1.1%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 10.9%
All other grants and contributions 86.1% 90.4% 90.1% 83.0% 80.8%
Other revenue 1.6% 1.6% 2.2% 10.1% 2.6%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $7,934,468 $7,005,749 $6,220,128 $5,381,828 $5,459,045
Total expenses, % change over prior year 7.5% -11.7% -11.2% 0.0% 1.4%
Personnel 39.5% 42.4% 47.0% 56.0% 50.3%
Professional fees 12.9% 17.5% 13.1% 5.8% 9.6%
Occupancy 8.1% 8.9% 10.1% 11.9% 12.9%
Interest 0.3% 0.9% 0.7% 0.4% 0.4%
Pass-through 17.9% 10.3% 6.9% 5.7% 6.8%
All other expenses 21.3% 19.9% 22.2% 20.3% 20.1%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $7,934,468 $7,005,749 $6,220,128 $5,498,036 $5,555,302
One month of savings $661,206 $583,812 $518,344 $448,486 $454,920
Debt principal payment $438,903 $0 $0 $0 $505,302
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $625,070 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $9,034,577 $7,589,561 $7,363,542 $5,946,522 $6,515,524

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2021 2022
Months of cash 0.3 1.1 0.8 2.4 1.8
Months of cash and investments 4.1 5.9 6.0 10.5 9.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -4.5 -3.8 -5.8 0.2 -2.7
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2021 2022
Cash $188,408 $629,132 $417,893 $1,096,142 $831,330
Investments $2,492,651 $2,787,076 $2,689,575 $3,601,710 $3,392,805
Receivables $839,157 $371,750 $572,174 $387,684 $891,872
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $1,245,960 $1,254,252 $1,281,630
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 49.8% 67.9% 73.9%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 133.7% 107.7% 111.0% 91.0% 72.5%
Unrestricted net assets -$2,950,712 -$2,218,331 -$2,400,989 $514,573 -$872,303
Temporarily restricted net assets $1,669,229 $1,897,598 $1,897,426 N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $1,669,229 $1,897,598 $1,897,426 $0 $2,431,737
Total net assets -$1,281,483 -$320,733 -$503,563 $514,573 $1,559,434

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2017 2018 2019 2021 2022
Material data errors No Yes No No No


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

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Principal Officer

Mr. Seth J. Riklin

Seth J. Riklin is a longtime member of the B’nai B’rith Board of Governors and Executive Board of Directors. He has served as chair of the B’nai B’rith Senior Housing Committee and twice served as B’nai B’rith’s treasurer. Riklin has been part of the B’nai B’rith Senior Housing Network for more than 30 years, serving as Vice President and President of the Goldberg B’nai B’rith Towers, a federally subsidized low-income, non-denominational affordable senior housing building in Houston, Texas. He has also worked on behalf of the Jewish community in various capacities, from religious organizations to Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel, AIPAC and the Levi Hospital of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Outside of his efforts for B’nai B’rith, Riklin practiced business law for almost 30 years. Riklin is the founder and current President and CEO of Hill Country Wind Power, LP and Clean Power Texas, which develop utility-size wind and solar energy projects.

Number of employees

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Highest paid employees

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Board of directors
as of 10/04/2023
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Board chair

Mr. Seth Riklin

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 ? 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? No


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SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

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