Charity of the week
Founded as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society in 1881, HIAS (hias.org) now assists refugees around the world to escape persecution and resettle in safety. Focused on Jewish refugees until the 2000s, HIAS has expanded its work to cover victims of conflict in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Haiti, Iran, and the ex-Soviet states. It provides resettlement help and legal assistance not only in the U.S., but also in Israel, Kenya, and Greece. Robert Bowers, the accused gunman in the massacre at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue, targeted HIAS in online postings for its work in bringing refugees to the United States. In the aftermath of the shooting, HIAS explained its mission as a crucial moral and religious responsibility. Said a HIAS spokesman: “We used to welcome refugees because they were Jewish. Today HIAS welcomes refugees because we are Jewish.”
Each charity we feature has earned a four-star overall rating from Charity Navigator, which rates not-for-profit organizations on the strength of their finances, their governance practices, and the transparency of their operations. Four stars is the group’s highest rating.
November 2, 2018 THE WEEK