Better Business Bureau Report for
Jewish Family & Career Services

Better Business Bureau Report issued December 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires December 2016

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Jewish Family & Career Services
Address: 2821 Klempner Way
  Louisville, KY 40205
Phone: 502-452-6341
Web Address:
Also known as:Jewish Family & Vocational Services
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:Jewish Family & Vocational Services

Year, State Incorporated: 1972, Kentucky
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The mission of the Jewish Family & Career Services is to strengthen individual, family, work and community life, enhance self-sufficiency, and reflect the enduring values of Jewish tradition.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Jewish Family & Career Services (JFCS) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Jewish Family & Career Services is a nonprofit, comprehensive human services organization that provides care, counseling and guidance for people of any age, religion or ethnic origin. JFCS works to give people the skills and tools to manage transitions and to meet life’s challenges relating to family, relationships, aging, education, work and financial stability. JFCS strengthens individuals and families through programs for every season of life including counseling, adoption, career services, older adult services and microenterprise development. The Counseling program at JFCS offers a warm, confidential and supportive environment for clients to confront the difficulties and challenges in their lives. JFCS approaches client wellness in a way that honors the client’s family traditions, culture and spiritual beliefs. Through individual, couple, family and child therapy, individuals and families are provided opportunities to maximize their strengths and learning skills to succeed in school, work and personal relationships. JFCS Adoption Services helps clients navigate the system with home studies, counseling, education and more. The adoption process can be overwhelming; JFCS provides practical and emotional support to help clients as they expand their families. Career Services encourages self-reliance, helps individuals attain their maximum potential in career and educational development, and promotes the economic well-being of our community. Clients of all ages receive individualized assessment and expert direction to help make effective career, education and employment decisions. Klein Older Adult Services helps people who are age 60 and older maintain the highest possible quality of life. When aging brings new challenges and changes, JFCS geriatric specialists work to assure that health, social, personal, transportation, housing and safety needs are met. JFCS works with clients and families to create individualized care plans that maximize independence, safety, and well-being. Navigate Enterprise Center focuses on helping individuals start microbusinesses and break out of the poverty cycle by saving and accumulating assets. As the microenterprise program at JFCS, Navigate supports low-income entrepreneurs with skills and tools that will lead to financial security. Through micro-lending and partnerships with other lenders, entrepreneurs can access capital that empowers them to achieve their business goals. JFCS helps to make services available to those who are most in need of them by offering many services on a sliding fee scale. Many programs are available for free or at a reduced cost for certain under-served groups including immigrants, refugees and older adults. For clients needing additional assistance, an on-site food pantry is available for supplemental nutrition. The agency’s programs work together to provide a holistic solution to meet the needs of each individual client.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015, JFCS's program expenses were:

JFCS Program Services 2,591,261
Total Program Expenses: $2,591,261
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Chief Executive : Judy Freundlich Tiell, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Stephanie Mutchnick
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:

Board Size: 26

Paid Staff Size: 39

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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

Fund raising methods include grants, direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, planned giving arrangements, cause-related marketing, internet appeals, and memberships.

In addition, Jewish Family & Career Services is a Metro United Way member agency.

Fund raising costs were 3% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $3,737,341, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on JFCS's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015.

Ending net assets as reported below include $4,496,854 in unrestricted net assets, $1,002,508 in temporarily restricted net assets, and $848,281 in permanently restricted net assets.

Unrestricted net assets include $2,608,494 in undesignated assets and $1,888,360 in Board designated assets.

Ending net assets include $2,183,760 invested in property and equipment, net.

Source of Funds  
Government and Private Grants 1,557,288
Bequests 1,236,137
Client Fees, Consultations and Workshops 520,395
Jewish Community of Louisville 309,364
Metro United Way 253,481
Contributions 152,501
Memberships 120,182
Fundraising Events, Net 102,920
Interest and Dividend Income 93,850
Other 21,512
In-Kind Contributions 5,468
Realized Investment Gains -10,457
Unrealized Gain on Investments -33,378
Total Income $4,329,263


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 85%  Fund Raising: 4%  Administrative: 11% 

Total income $4,329,263
Program expenses $2,591,261
Fund raising expenses 109,539
Administrative expenses 346,257
Total expenses $3,047,057
Income in Excess of Expenses 1,282,206
Beginning net assets 6,161,437
Other Changes in Net Assets (1,096,000)
Ending net assets 6,347,643
Total liabilities 1,942,451
Total assets $8,290,094

This report was originally issued in December 2014. Financial information was updated in March 2016.

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