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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
Settlement Housing Fund

A BBB Accredited charity


  • Meets all standards

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Settlement Housing Fund
247 West 37th Street
4th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Year, State Incorporated:
1969, New York
Stated Purpose:
" Settlement Housing Fund's mission is to develop ethnically and economically diverse affordable housing in New York City, to maintain that housing in excellent repair, and to create a wide array of programs and amenities for its residents and the surrounding community. As a result, Settlement Housing Fund strengthens neighborhoods and provides opportunities for upward mobility for homeless and low to moderate income families. "

Evaluation Conclusions

Settlement Housing Fund meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.


Since 1969, Settlement Housing Fund has developed 57 projects with over 8,700 apartments -- rentals, cooperatives, and two-family houses -- that are home to more than 25,000 low and middle income residents, including formerly homeless people. Whenever possible, we incorporate commercial developments and community programs for children, young adults and families that provide opportunities for educational success and upward mobility. All our work involves sustainable rental housing and truly affordable home ownership opportunities. Through affiliates, we currently own 31 buildings with 1,750 apartments. Our newest development, Semiperm, is providing formerly homeless single parent families with supportive housing that prepares them for independent living. The completed buildings in our portfolio are well maintained by management agents and our professional staff, and are economically successful because of careful budgeting.


Chief Executive Officer:
Ms. Alexa Sewell, Executive Director
Chair of the Board:
Mr. Charles S. Warren
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
Kramer, Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Board Size:
Paid Staff Size:

Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:

Direct Mail Appeals, Telephone Appeals, Invitations To Fundraising Events, Print Advertisements (Newspapers, Magazines, etc.), Grant Proposals, Internet.
Fundraising costs were 2% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $12,896,034, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)

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 Settlement Housing Fund's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  

Net Rental Income


Grants and Contributions


Program and Other Fees


Other Revenue


Interest & Dividend Income


Special Events, net cost $81,628


Realized & Unrealized Gain of Investments


Loss on Sale of Building


Total Income


Program Expenses  



Developing & Technical Assistance

Total Program Expenses:
Fund Raising Expenses
Administrative Expenses

Total expenses

Income in Excess of Expenses




Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 89%  Fund Raising: 1%  Administrative 10% 
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Beginning net assets $17,916,691
Ending net assets 18,842,018
Total liabilities 61,666,655

Total assets



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