Local Kindness-Global Impact

aka APSJ   |   Waltham, MA   |

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EIN: 51-0137190


Strengthen the renewal of Jewish life in the former Soviet states through humanitarian efforts enabled by meaningful engagement with Jewish communities and partners in North America. Our primary focus is providing food, medicine, clothing, and other assistance to impoverished Jewish people where needed, working in 20 communities, serving over 2000 people each year.

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Executive Director

Debbie Kardon

Main address

1430 Main Street

Waltham, MA 02451 USA

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Subject area info


Public health


Human rights

Basic and emergency aid

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Population served info

Children and youth


People of Middle Eastern descent

People of European descent

Jewish people

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NTEE code info

Humanities Organizations (A70)

Public Health Program (E70)

Jewish (X30)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms



Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Action for Post-Soviet Jewry is working to address the isolation and service needs of vulnerable Jewish aging adults and adults with disabilities in underserved communities across war-torn Ukraine.

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?

Action for Ukraine

Assisting vulnerable and isolated, including Jewish pensioners and adults with disabilities unable to receive services from other organizations in eastern Ukraine. Shipments humanitarian aid, financial assistance, telehealth, art therapy, medicine, volunteer support, heat assistance, and items needed as determined by the war. 15 communities in Ukraine, including three under Russian occupation.

Population(s) Served
People of European descent
People of Middle Eastern descent
Interfaith groups
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 reporting that their health provider always listened carefully to them

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

Economically disadvantaged people, Jewish people, People with disabilities, People with diseases and illnesses, Adults

Related Program

Action for Ukraine

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

We initiated a telehealth program for homebound elderly

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.

Action for Post-Soviet Jewry aims to provide essential support and services to vulnerable Jewish aging adults and adults with disabilities in underserved communities across war-torn Ukraine. Goals include alleviating isolation, meeting basic needs, and improving the quality of life for these individuals through targeted interventions and assistance programs.

Monthly stipends
Humanitarian aid
Telehealth services
Art Therapy
Warm Houses

Serving up to 300 elderly across 15 communities, Action-PSJ has an NGO in Ukraine, a care coordinator in each community--a network of boots on the ground-- a robust community of supporters in North America.

We have partnerships with over 10 organizations in Ukraine. Assists over 300 aging adults each year. Served over 100 aging adults through a telehealth service with the Jewish Medical Center, piloted an art therapy program for caregivers, and started warm houses to create a Jewish community in occupied areas of Ukraine.


Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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 10.54 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.9 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 9% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


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 ACTION FOR POST-SOVIET JEWRY 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 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$6,594 $39,610 -$10,489 $49,396 $13,933
As % of expenses -2.7% 14.7% -4.4% 21.1% 4.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$6,594 $39,610 -$10,489 $49,396 $13,933
As % of expenses -2.7% 14.7% -4.4% 21.1% 4.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $228,512 $294,122 $219,523 $198,804 $347,830
Total revenue, % change over prior year -33.5% 28.7% -25.4% -9.4% 75.0%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 11.8% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 88.1% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 95.7%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 4.3%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $245,420 $268,679 $239,545 $233,656 $297,053
Total expenses, % change over prior year -8.2% 9.5% -10.8% -2.5% 27.1%
Personnel 23.4% 27.8% 30.9% 45.9% 37.5%
Professional fees 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Occupancy 9.3% 8.4% 8.7% 9.9% 5.5%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 58.2% 55.4% 48.6% 13.6% 14.0%
All other expenses 9.0% 8.5% 11.8% 30.6% 43.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $245,420 $268,679 $239,545 $233,656 $297,053
One month of savings $20,452 $22,390 $19,962 $19,471 $24,754
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $265,872 $291,069 $259,507 $253,127 $321,807

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 0.8 1.9 2.7 2.1 23.0
Months of cash and investments 5.9 7.1 9.1 10.2 28.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 5.9 7.2 7.5 10.2 8.6
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $16,420 $41,863 $53,792 $40,291 $570,068
Investments $103,477 $117,644 $127,177 $159,162 $122,318
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $33,704 $33,704 $33,704 $33,704 $33,704
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 0.0% 17.4% 0.0% 69.2%
Unrestricted net assets $120,936 $160,546 $150,057 $199,453 $213,386
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $120,936 $160,546 $150,057 $199,453 $213,386

Key data checks

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


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

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Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Debbie Kardon

Debbie Kardon is the Executive Director of Action-PSJ. She holds degrees from Syracuse University and Hebrew Union College in Social Work and Jewish Education. Debbies journey in the Jewish community began during her college years when she started teaching part-time at a local congregation. Following her graduation, Debbie dedicated many years of her career to working with homeless and at-risk teenagers. Throughout this time, she maintained a part-time involvement in the Jewish community, showing her commitment to both causes. After a period focusing on raising her three children, Debbie returned to the workforce, taking on leadership roles within Jewish non-profit organizations. Debbies reputation as a change agent and organizational leader is well-established. She has been instrumental in establishing innovative programs, securing funding, and leading the design and implementation of these initiatives. Her passion for Israel, yoga, and teaching about the Holocaust.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 05/03/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Barbara Karchmer

Robert Gordon

Carol Clingan

Tanya Goldwyn

Sergey Broude

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 ? 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/3/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/20/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
Policies and processes
  • 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.