SBH Division Highlights*

food items given out free of charge with a value of $516,340
therapy sessions in our state-of-the-art Counseling Center
of direct financial aid disbursement toward rent, food, and
of Government Entitlements
acquired for over 2,000 families
* Data from the 2015 annual report
presidentA message from Lee M Cohen, president President of SBH

For those who may not know, Charity Navigator is the premier independent evaluator of charities. They assess over 8,000 of the nation’s tax-exempt charities, and their evaluations are thorough, diligent, and highly regarded. Attaining their highest possible 4-star-rating is no small feat. I am proud to say that 2015 was our third consecutive year receiving 4-stars, a repeated achievement only 14% of charities are able to claim. In an effort to continue our commitment to accountability, transparency and financial health, we are once again offering a full report of our annual budget.

With 9 divisions, 2 branches, and dozens of events each month – SBH is a non-stop hub of hesed. I hope you can see past the budget’s dollar signs and understand the individual successes behind each line item. Your contributions assist an incredible number of community members through our programs and services. Inside you will find statistics that will impress and astound you – 413 job placements, 4,937 medical referrals, 1,902 students receiving assistance through SEARCH. But keep in mind the lasting impact for each recipient in what could be a life-altering change in career, health or education, respectively. And each of these are open to the entire community, not just the poorest or neediest.

Lastly, I want to acknowledge the vital efforts of our Joseph D Beyda Endowment Fund. Each year our community is growing and our organization was built to respond to its needs, meaning there is constantly an uphill battle to climb. The Endowment Fund was instituted as a means of supporting SBH through every future scenario and challenge for years and generations to come. I urge you to consider participating in this incredible philanthropic endeavor.

Lee M Cohen
President, Sephardic Bikur Holim