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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
Tanenbaum Center For Interreligious Understanding

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Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding
254 W 31st Street, 7th floor
New York, NY 10001
Year, State Incorporated:
1992, New York
Stated Purpose:
" The Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding is a secular organization that promotes mutual respect with practical programs that bridge religious difference and combat prejudice in schools, workplaces, health care settings and areas of armed conflict. Tanenbaum was incorporated in New York in 1992 and founded to build on the work of our namesake, the late Rabbi Marc H. Tanenbaum, who was one of the 20th century's pre-eminent social justice activists and scholars in interreligious relations. Today our four unique programs reach people where they live, work, learn and play, giving them the skills to change the way they treat one another and to celebrate the richness of our country's diversity. "

Evaluation Conclusions

Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.


The Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding is a leader in intercultural innovation. As a secular organization, we create change by giving professionals the practical tools, skills and information they need to behave respectfully toward people of diverse cultures and beliefs. Our four programs each target a specific group in promoting understanding and celebrating diversity: namely, teachers, doctors, managers, and peace activists. Our Education team helps educators to teach about respect for religious pluralism. The result is a classroom where being different is normal and interesting rather than feared. Our Health Care team trains doctors to respond to their patients’ religious concerns. Our customized consultations and training materials enable health providers to communicate respectfully with their patients and achieve better treatment outcomes. Our Workplace team helps companies address prejudice in the workplace and welcome all employees to the office, from atheists to people of minority faiths. Our Conflict Resolution team supports international and interfaith activists who are motivated by their religion to pursue peace. We support their wide range of tactics, from peace and intercultural education to using the pulpit to mobilize support for peace.


Chief Executive Officer:
Ms. Joyce S. Dubensky, CEO
Chair of the Board:
Mr. John Hart
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
Vice Chairman of New York Private Bank and Trust
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, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet, newsletters
Fund raising costs were 14.8% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,806,604, 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 the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  



Event income (net of direct benefit to donors of $92,893)


In-kind contributions


Program fees and other income


Investment income


Total Income


Program Expenses  

Program services

Total Program Expenses:
Fund Raising Expenses
Administrative Expenses

Total expenses

Expenses in Excess of Income




Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 80%  Fund Raising: 13%  Administrative 7% 
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Beginning net assets $2,857,951
Ending net assets 2,725,442
Total liabilities 90,998

Total assets



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