Who saves a life, saves the world entire.

Los Angeles, CA   |
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EIN: 36-4630389


The Survivor Mitzvah Project is the only organization providing direct, continuous financial aid to elderly and forgotten Jewish Holocaust Survivors scattered throughout Eastern Europe who are sick, impoverished, isolated, and in urgent need of help. They struggle to survive, lacking the means to buy the basic necessities of life: food, medicine, heat, shelter. Most live alone in harsh conditions. SMP brings help quickly and directly to ensure they may live out their last years with support, comfort, and dignity. SMP's goal is that no Holocaust Survivor who has experienced the darkest days of human history ever be hungry, cold or neglected again. SMP also maintains the largest Holocaust Educational Archive focusing on the Holocaust in the East (500 hours of video, 20,000 documents.)

Notes from the nonprofit

We are proud that 100% of donations for Holocaust Survivors go directly into the hands of a Holocaust Survivor in desperate need. Our Board of Directors and other generous individuals actively support our efforts by covering modest overhead expenses, allowing our mission to have the most impact. The Survivor Mitzvah Project has been recognized by the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles and Jerusalem and has received the following awards: CNN HERO AWARD, ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE'S DEBORAH AWARD, KCET LOCAL HERO AWARD, THE INTERNATIONAL MENSCH FOUNDATION AWARD, and names a KCET HERO AT HOME. As of December 2021, The Survivor Mitzvah Project is on Great Nonprofits 2021 Top-Rated List and have received the 2021 TOP RATED badge.

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Principal Officer

Zane Buzby

Main address

2658 Griffith Park Bl, Suite 299

Los Angeles, CA 90039 USA

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Subject area info



Basic and emergency aid

Special population support

Population served info


Low-income people

Victims of conflict and war

NTEE code info

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Jewish (X30)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

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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?

EAP - Holocaust Survivors Emergency Aid Program

We provide direct financial aid to elderly Holocaust Survivors in remote areas of Eastern Europe and Baltics. They are in desperate need of food, medicine, suitable shelter, and some loving kindness.

Population(s) Served
Extremely poor people
Victims of conflict and war

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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 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, To develop aid allocation plans and learning tools for volunteers, to monitor survivors' health

  • 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 look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), 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 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


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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 1.18 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.1 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% 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: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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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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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of SURVIVOR MITZVAH PROJECT’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 $68,597 $199,357 $65,526 $216,121 $81,715
As % of expenses 11.4% 42.5% 10.7% 28.3% 7.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $64,761 $194,716 $60,194 $212,498 $79,057
As % of expenses 10.7% 41.1% 9.8% 27.7% 7.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $667,882 $667,559 $676,846 $979,352 $1,141,794
Total revenue, % change over prior year -9.8% 0.0% 1.4% 44.7% 16.6%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 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 99.9% 100.0% 100.0% 99.1% 97.8%
Other revenue 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.9% 2.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $601,154 $469,179 $611,320 $763,231 $1,060,079
Total expenses, % change over prior year -12.7% -22.0% 30.3% 24.8% 38.9%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 6.4% 6.6% 4.3% 4.3% 4.2%
Occupancy 0.4% 0.5% 0.4% 0.3% 0.2%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 78.1% 77.9% 80.9% 84.1% 85.9%
All other expenses 15.2% 14.9% 14.4% 11.3% 9.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $604,990 $473,820 $616,652 $766,854 $1,062,737
One month of savings $50,096 $39,098 $50,943 $63,603 $88,340
Debt principal payment $0 $19,357 $0 $20,403 $21,354
Fixed asset additions $5,753 $0 $0 $0 $4,434
Total full costs (estimated) $660,839 $532,275 $667,595 $850,860 $1,176,865

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 0.1 1.7 1.2 2.6 0.9
Months of cash and investments 0.1 1.7 1.2 2.6 0.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 15.9 25.4 20.8 20.0 15.3
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $3,039 $65,393 $58,964 $163,374 $75,858
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $46,460 $50,801 $51,777 $51,777 $56,211
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 35.1% 41.2% 50.7% 57.7% 57.9%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 6.5% 3.6% 3.7% 1.6% 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $828,779 $1,023,495 $1,083,689 $1,296,187 $1,375,244

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.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

Zane Buzby

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 06/08/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Mr. Richard Nathan

No Affiliation

Term: 2020 -

Chic Wolk

Richard Nathan

Phil Joffe

Conan Berkeley

Jules Freeman

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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable