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City Harvest

CharityWatch report issued
October 2018

Top-Rated Charity
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

City Harvest
6 East 32nd Street
5th Floor
New York, NY 10016

Other Names

City Harvest (New York City)

Tax Status


Stated Mission

To end hunger in communities throughout New York City through food rescue and distribution, education, and other practical, innovative solutions.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 06/30/2017

Program Percentage: 73%

The percentage of City Harvest 's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $25

How many dollars City Harvest spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
City Harvest IRS Form 990 13-3170676
City Harvest Audited Financial Statements 13-3170676
Entity: City Harvest
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 13-3170676
Entity: City Harvest
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 13-3170676

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
City Harvest
meets governance benchmarks.
City Harvest
meets transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
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  Name Title Compensation
1 Jilly Stephens CEO $421,739
2 Jennifer McLean COO $268,085
3 Renee Richardson CFAO $242,780
Name: Jilly Stephens
Title: CEO
Compensation: $421,739
Name: Jennifer McLean
Title: COO
Compensation: $268,085
Name: Renee Richardson
Title: CFAO
Compensation: $242,780

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.
According to the City Harvest audit of June 30, 2017 (Note 7, In-Kind Contributions), City Harvest received approximately 56 million pounds of donated food on which it placed a total value of approximately $94 million during fiscal year 2017. In fiscal 2017, City Harvest also received "donated advertising services for public service announcements," which it valued at $1,833,451, and "donated legal services in connection with its program and administrative operations," which it valued at $146,467.

[Note: CharityWatch generally excludes the value of in-kind (non-cash) donations of goods and services from its calculations of Program % and Cost to Raise $100. More information on how grades are calculated and the treatment of in-kind donations can be found on the Our Process page.]
According to the City Harvest tax filing for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017 re: Compensation, Supplemental Information (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part III):

"Employees may receive a bonus for meeting certain performance metrics; the bonus is awarded by the board of directors without any input by the employee in the decision-making process to offer the bonus. The board's decision-making process is memorialized in the board minutes."

City Harvest reports "Bonus & incentive compensation" in the amount of $40,000 for Jilly Stephens, CEO; her reported total compensation, including the $40,000, is $421,739 in calendar year 2016 (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II).