Better Business Bureau Report for
Jewish Community of Louisville

Better Business Bureau Report issued December 2015
Better Business Bureau Report expires December 2017

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Jewish Community of Louisville
Address: 3600 Dutchmans Lane
  Louisville, KY 40205
Phone: 502-459-0660
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1890, Kentucky
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The Jewish Community of Louisville is Jewish in purpose, community-wide in scope, and a center of cultural, educational, recreational and social activities. The Jewish Community of Louisville is committed to: 1) Maintaining and enriching Jewish identify 2) Enhancing personal, social, and physical development 3) Developing democratic values and leadership ability 4) Developing participation in and contribution to the welfare of the total community.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Jewish Community of Louisville meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The Jewish Community of Louisville offers programs, activities and facilities for every age -- infant through senior adult. Programs and activities include but are not limited to: 1) Physical facilities available are swimming pools (indoor & out), workout facilities racquetball, softball and 2 gyms 2) Early Child Care 3) Pre-School 4) Children’s Camps 5) B'nai Brith Youth Organization groups for pre-teens and teens 6) Fitness classes, personal training and exercise equipment 7) Aquatics (lap-pool, swim teams, diving, swim lessons, etc.) 8) Cultural Arts 9) Teen and adult lounges with games and computers 10) School's Out Days 11) CenterStage Productions 12) Jewish Film Festival, dance classes, art classes and art exhibits 13) Israel Independence Day celebrations 14) Jewish Library 15) Senior Adult lunches, trips, cultural and educational programs 16) Kosher outdoor café service

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016, Jewish Community of Louisville's program expenses were:

Program Services 5,738,225
Allocation and grants 844,448
Total Program Expenses: $6,582,673
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Chief Executive : Sara Wagner, President & CEO

Chair of the Board: Jay Klempner
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: businessman

Board Size: 20

Paid Staff Size: 200

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


Method(s) Used:

Methods of fund raising include direct mail, telephone, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, planned giving arrangements, and memberships.

In addition, Jewish Community of Louisville is a Metro United Way member agency.

Fund raising costs were 7% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $3,815,821, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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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.
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The following information is based on Jewish Community of Louisville's audited financial statements - consolidated for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015.

Ending fund balances as reported below include $5,196,490 in unrestricted funds and $13,768,212 in restricted funds.

Total assets as reported below include $5,110,364 in property and equipment, net.

Source of Funds  
Program Service Income 2,245,148
Pledge Income 1,991,603
Membership Dues & Fees 1,912,098
Gifts, Grants & Bequests 1,699,301
Interest & Dividends 454,113
Special Events 124,917
Community Newspaper 80,633
Misc. 55,031
Rental Income 1,011
Loss on sale of assets -52,647
Total Income $8,511,208


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 80%  Fund Raising: 3%  Administrative: 8%  Other Expenses: 9%

Total income $8,511,208
Program expenses $6,582,673
Fund raising expenses 277,316
Administrative expenses 637,920
Other Expenses 745,168
Total expenses $8,243,077
Income in Excess of Expenses 268,131
Beginning net assets 19,340,927
Other Changes in Net Assets (644,356)
Ending net assets 18,964,702
Total liabilities 12,156,460
Total assets $31,121,162

This report was originally issued in December 2015. Financial info was updated in March 2017.

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