EIN 11-2940331

Chai Lifeline

IRS 501(c) type
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Fighting illness with love. Chai Lifeline restores the light of childhood to children whose innocence ended when cancer, life-threatening, or lifelong illness was diagnosed.
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Program areas at Chai Lifeline

Chai Lifeline operates two summer camp programs on one campus for seriously ill children. Camp simcha provides vacations to children and teens with cancer and other blood-based illnesses. Camp simcha special is designed to meet the medical and social needs of children and teens with multiple, disparate chronic illnesses and/or disabilities. Each camp runs two, two-week sessions every summer at their 125-acre, fully handicapped accessible campground in glen spey, ny. Activities include adapted sports, swimming (including red cross instruction), boating, crafts, workshops, and special events like concerts and shows. The goals of the camps are to facilitate independence; build social, emotional and daily living skills; enhance knowledge of one's illness and capabilities; and encourage the development of friendships and supportive relationships that continue throughout the year. In 2019, 504 campers attended camp simcha/camp simcha special.
Family and community programs: these programs help young patients and their families live as normally as possible while fighting illness by enhancing emotional and social bonds. In the past year, 460 big brothers and sisters were mentors to ill children and siblings. 287 recreational activities for patients, siblings, parents, and families offered opportunities for friendship and support. 29 holiday parties and family days gave children and families a chance to celebrate together. Siblings were able to develop peer friendships with others living with illness or loss in their homes at 120 sibling activities. 913 hours of counseling helped families return to previous levels of functioning. More than 560 hours of tutoring and webcam connections between school rooms and hospital rooms eased the way back to school for children incapacitated by illness. 1,836 crisis intervention workshops, presentations, and meetings with families, schools, and community organizations.
Chai Lifeline provides emotional and social support from the moment of diagnosis through treatment and recovery. When children are chronically ill, Chai Lifeline's intervention continues until the child reaches 21. Goals include enabling the family unit to continue to function during medical crises; providing in-hospital support to patients and caregivers; and bringing joy and hope to young patients and their families. Initial support begins with a case manager's evaluation that identifies needs and suggests programmatic responses. In 2019, Chai Lifeline provided emotional, social, and financial support to 5,904 families through referrals, information and advocacy contacts; 8,012 volunteer visits raised spirits and offered needed respite to parents standing vigil at children's bedsides; 12,950 rides by volunteers or Chai Lifeline van to medical appointments, thus facilitating treatment compliance; 69,170 hot meals that were tasty alternatives to hospital food for patients and allowed caregivers to eat nutritiously without leaving a child's bedside; 1,542 hours of insurance advocacy that helped 300 families understand their coverage, fight denials and turndowns, and complete paperwork accurately; and 484 overnight visits at the Chai house for families with loved ones at the children's hospital of philadelphia.

Grants made by Chai Lifeline

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
American Friends of ChaiyanuFinancial Assistance$213,931
Congregation Chai LifelineFinancial Assistance$195,870

Who funds Chai Lifeline

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Jewish Communal FundGeneral Support$987,177
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift FundFor Grant Recipient's Exempt Purposes$772,590
Jewish Community Foundation of the Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles$152,734
...and 225 more grants received totalling $3,457,769

Personnel at Chai Lifeline

Stephen ScholarChief Executive Officer$294,729
Matthew YanivDirector , Marketing$174,719
Levi KatlowitzDirector Community Development$243,036
Neville GoldschneiderDirector , Camp Simcha Uk
Arye AdestDirector$204,322
...and 7 more key personnel

Financials for Chai Lifeline

RevenuesFYE 12/2019
Total grants, contributions, etc.$28,748,959
Program services$0
Investment income and dividends$1,257
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$0
Net income from fundraising events$-4,963,272
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$53,261
Total revenues$23,840,205

Form 990s for Chai Lifeline

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2019-122021-02-24990View PDF
2018-122020-02-10990View PDF
2017-122019-02-21990View PDF
2016-122018-01-18990View PDF
2015-122017-03-03990View PDF
...and 6 more Form 990s
Data update history
August 3, 2022
Received grants
Identified 31 new grant, including a grant for $152,734 from Jewish Community Foundation of the Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles
May 22, 2022
Used new vendors
Identified 3 new vendors, including , , and
September 28, 2021
Received grants
Identified 81 new grant, including a grant for $987,177 from Jewish Communal Fund
August 23, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2019
May 1, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2018
Nonprofit Types
Grantmaking organizationsDisease research fundraisersPublic health orgsHealth organizationsCharities
HealthHuman servicesChildrenDiseases and disorders
Conducts researchFundraising eventsPeer-to-peer fundraisingNational levelReceives government fundingEndowed supportCommunity engagement / volunteeringGala fundraisersFundraising races, competitions, and tournamentsTax deductible donations
General information
151 W 30th St FL No 7th
New York, NY 10001
Metro area
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
New York County, NY
Website URL
(212) 465-1300
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IRS details
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Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
E86: Patient Services
NAICS code, primary
813212: Health and Disease Research Fundraising Organizations
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