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National Jewish Health

CharityWatch report issued
May 2017

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

National Jewish Health
1400 Jackson St.
Denver, CO 80206

Other Names

National Asthma Center

Tax Status


Stated Mission

To heal, discover and educate as a preeminent healthcare institution.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 06/30/2016

Program Percentage: 85%

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


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $20

How many dollars National Jewish Health 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
National Jewish Health IRS Form 990 74-2044647
National Jewish Health & Subsidiary Audited Consolidated Financial Statements Multiple
Entity: National Jewish Health
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 74-2044647
Entity: National Jewish Health & Subsidiary
Document Type: Audited Consolidated Financial Statements
Tax ID: Multiple

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?
National Jewish Health
meets governance benchmarks.
National Jewish Health
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
Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy Opt-Out Policy  

  Name Title Compensation
1 Michael Salem, M.D. President/CEO $1,091,160
2 William E. Lee, M.D. Senior M.D./Faculty Member $842,017
3 Greg Downey, M.D. Executive VP, Academic Affairs $742,866
Name: Michael Salem, M.D.
Title: President/CEO
Compensation: $1,091,160
Name: William E. Lee, M.D.
Title: Senior M.D./Faculty Member
Compensation: $842,017
Name: Greg Downey, M.D.
Title: Executive VP, Academic Affairs
Compensation: $742,866

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 National Jewish Health consolidated audit of June 30, 2016 (Note 11, Construction in Progress):

"National Jewish is currently implementing two Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) in the Advanced Diagnostics Laboratories. In addition, National Jewish's Facilities Department is adding additional security card access for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA) compliance. Therefore, at June 30, 2016, National Jewish had two uncompleted projects. Total projected costs are estimated at $3,030,000. As of June 30, 2016, National Jewish has expended $1,099,000 related to these projects."
According to the National Jewish Health consolidated audit of June 30, 2016 (Note 1(a), Organization):

"National Jewish's activities are supported by numerous voluntary organizations and advisory boards in cities across the United States. The auxiliary organizations, although chartered by National Jewish, maintain their own financial records and submit the net proceeds of their fundraising activities to National Jewish. Because National Jewish does not exercise financial control over its auxiliary organizations, it does not maintain accounting records concerning their activities, and the accompanying consolidated financial statements do not reflect such activities." [Therefore, the financial activities of these auxiliary organizations are not included in CharityWatch's rating of National Jewish Health.]


"Effective August 2014, National Jewish entered into a joint operating agreement with Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth (SCL) Health/St. Joseph Hospital for the joint management and operation of National Jewish's in-state patient care and St. Joseph Hospital. The new entity is overseen by a Board of Directors with representation from both entities."

"Effective December 2013, National Jewish formed a limited liability corporation in a joint venture with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai to oversee the creation and operations of a joint respiratory institute at Mount Sinai in New York."

"Total revenue from the two joint agreements as of June 30, 2016 and 2015 was approximately $4,880,000 and $3,892,000, respectively..."
According to the National Jewish Health consolidated audit of June 30, 2016 (Note 20, Related-party Transactions):

"National Jewish from time-to-time in the normal course of business and within the guidelines of its conflict of interest policy, has entered into transactions with companies for which certain members of the companies' management also serve on the Board of National Jewish. Management believes that prices paid by National Jewish have been equal to or less than the prices that would have been paid in transactions with parties not related to National Jewish."

The National Jewish Health tax filing for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016 reports for Business Transactions Involving Interested Persons (IRS Form 990 Schedule L, Part IV):

(1) $987,664 for "Rental and Interest payments" re: Hassan Salem with a relationship of providing banking services;
(2) $399,435 for "Banking services and LOC fees" re: Mariner Kemper with a relationship of Director of Corporation;
(3) $146,531 for "Rooms for sleep clinic patients" re: Christie Isenberg-Sage Hospitality with a relationship of family member of Director; and
(4) $143,029 for "Employee" re: Lisa Cicutto with a relationship of spouse of Dr. Greg Downey, EVP Academic Affairs.
According to the National Jewish Health consolidated audit of June 30, 2016 (Note 14(b), Professional Liability):

"Reserves for professional liability claims were $1,305,000 and $651,000 at June 30, 2016 and 2015, respectively. ...The provision for losses related to professional liability risks is presented net of expected insurance recoveries in the consolidated statements of operations and was $64,000 and $144,000 for 2016 and 2015, respectively."

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