Charity Navigator rewards Jewish family service with 14th consecutive 4-star rating

SAN DIEGO (Press Release) — San Diego Jewish Family Service (JFS) received its 14th consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator – the leading independent evaluator of charities in the United States. Thanks to rigorous assessments, less than 1% of the thousands of charities assessed receive this recognition continuously for more than a decade.

“It is important that our donors and partners have confidence that we are using their support and funding in a financially efficient and responsible way,” said Michael Hopkins, CEO of JFS. “We remain committed to building a stronger, healthier community and committed to the pursuit where everyone has the chance to thrive.”

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, JFS adapted, revised and expanded its services to focus on what was needed most and provide essential assistance to people in crisis – whether they needed food to feed their family, starting a new life in the United States, looking for a safe place to sleep and beyond.

Charity Navigator looks for two categories to determine the standards of a 4-star charity – financial health, accountability and transparency. These ratings demonstrate how effectively charities use donor donations, how well they sustain programs and services over time, their level of commitment to good governance, and their willingness to share plans and progress with the public.

“This exceptional appellation Charity Navigator sets San Jewish Family Service Diego apart from his peers and demonstrate to the public its reliability,” said Michael Thatcher, president and CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only 27% of the charities we have received at least three consecutive 4-star ratings, indicating that the Jewish Family Service of San Diego outperforms most other charities in America.

With the 4-star rating, JFS continues to be one of San Diego’s most influential nonprofit social service agencies and consistently exceeds the industry standard.

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About Jewish Family Service of San Diego – Moving Forward Together

Founded in 1918, the Jewish Family Service (JFS) is one of San Diego’s most influential nonprofits – providing resources and support to more than 46,000 San Diego residents last year. Through integrated services, the organization empowers people of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds to overcome challenges, set goals, and build more stable, secure, and connected lives. JFS is committed to helping individuals and families in crisis move forward, while developing innovative strategies to break cycles of poverty and strengthen our San Diego community.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency adapted, revised and expanded its services to focus on what was needed most, including essential food aid through contactless drive-thru distribution, delivery meals and personal care support for older people, safe spaces for people living outside their vehicles, and employment and counseling services. From response to recovery, JFS will be there for the community and provide much needed relief and lifesaving necessities. Together, we will get there.

For help, volunteering, or supporting JFS, visit or call 858-637-3000.


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