Charity Review

Issued: February 2018 Expires: February 2020

Charity Seal Holder

Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement

Meets Standards
(718) 784-7447 10-25 41st Avenue, Long Island City NY 11101-7308
  1. Conclusions
  2. Purpose
  3. Programs
  4. Governance & Staff
  5. Fund Raising
  6. Tax Status
  7. Financial

Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.


Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House builds and strengthens underserved communities in Western Queens and acts as a catalyst for change.

Incorporated: 1902 in NY


Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House is comprised of three primary departments. Riis Academy for Youth provides a continuum of high-quality academic enrichment and social development services that progressing toward post-secondary success in college and careers for young people in grades kindergarten through 12 who are predominantly residents of the local Queensbridge, Ravenswood and Astoria NYCHA public housing developments. Their Immigrant Services program provides Adult Literacy English for Speakers of Other Languages classes, legal services, case management, civic engagement, and worker cooperative development programming to help a robust immigrant population acquire the skills and tools they need to improve their standard of living. The Senior Services program provides health education, nutritious meals, case management and assistance, and recreation activities to help other adults in the community successfully age in place.

Governance & Staff

Board Chair: Mr. Gordon Mehler

CEO: Mr. Christopher Hanway, Executive Director Compensation:* $93,951

Board Size: 22

Staff: 135

* Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts and other allowances.
Fund Raising
Method(s) used: Direct Mail Appeals Grant Proposals Internet Appeals Appeals via Social Media (Facebook, etc.)

% of Related Contributions on Fundraising: 4.98%

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.


The following information is based on Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ending Thursday, June 30, 2016.

Source of Funds
Government grants $3,001,246
Foundation contributions $255,441
In-kind rent $86,822
Other contributions $208,333
Special events (net of expenses with a direct benefit benefit to donor) $33,558
Participant activities $20,191
Rental income $16,350
Interest income $7,109
Realized loss on investments ($159)
Unrealized loss on investments ($3,529)
Total Income: $3,625,362
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Program Expenses: $3,166,569
Fundraising Expenses: $178,600
Administrative Expenses: $321,567
Total Expenses: $3,666,736
Income in Excess of Expenses: ($41,374)
Beginning Net Assets: $648,554
Ending Net Assets: $607,180
Total Liabilities: $216,069
Total Assets: $823,249

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Standard 2: Board Size


Soliciting organizations shall have a board of directors with a minimum of five voting members.

Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement does not meet meet this standard because:

The charity reports it has 4 voting member(s) of the Board of Directors.


Standard 3: Board Meetings


An organization shall have a minimum of three evenly spaced meetings per year of the full governing body with a majority in attendance, with face-to-face participation. A conference call of the full board can substitute for one of the three meetings of the governing body. For all meetings, alternative modes of participation are acceptable for those with physical disabilities.

Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement does not meet meet this standard because:

The organization’s board meetings were not evenly spaced throughout its fiscal year.


Standard 18: Donor Privacy


Address privacy concerns of donors by (a) providing in written appeals, at least annually, a means (e.g., such as a check off box) for both new and continuing donors to inform the charity if they do not want their name and address shared outside the organization, (b) providing a clear, prominent and easily accessible privacy policy on any of its websites that tells visitors (i) what information, if any, is being collected about them by the charity and how this information will be used, (ii) how to contact the charity to review personal information collected and request corrections, (iii) how to inform the charity (e.g., a check off box) that the visitor does not wish his/her personal information to be shared outside the organization, and (iv) what security measures the charity has in place to protect personal information.

Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement does not meet meet this standard because:

The charity's website,, does not provide access to the charity's privacy policy..