04 April 2013

Increasing Expenditures for B'nai B'rith Youth Organization's Summer Programs, 2001-2010

BBYO's expenditures on summer programs greatly increased in the last decade
For some reason, I got distracted while looking up something about B'nai B'rith Youth Organization's summer programs and came across the National Center for Charitable Statistics website that has 990 forms available for viewing!  Anyways, it was fascinating to - just by reading the 990 forms - see how BBYO's spending on summer programs greatly changed upon its separation from erstwhile parent organization, B'nai B'rith International.  Since I only had access on the aforementioned website for 990 forms from 2001-2010, I can only knowledgeably discuss those years.
Excerpt from BBYO's 2001 990 form
    In 2001, B'nai B'rith Youth Organization (BBYO) spent $46,312 on summer programs, although it stated that "the organization began efforts toward assuming responsibility for various summer programs, formerly program areas of B'nai B'rith International", letting us know that things are about to change dramatically.
     In 2002, BBYO's spending jumped to $1.8mil and, in 2003, it further went up to $2.3mil, continuing on up to $2.5mil in 2004.   In 2004, BBYO stated that "B'nai B'rith Youth Organization has assumed responsibility for various summer programs of B'nai B'rith International", indicating that they had figured out the transition.   
     In 2005, the form stated that "B'nai B'rith Youth Organization  assumed responsibility for various summer programs, formerly of B'nai B'rith International" and the amount spent jumped up to over $4mil, where it also was in 2006.  In 2007, it went up over $5mil, and was close to $5mil in 2008.
    In 2009, another jump was in-store, as the spending went up to over $8.6mil.     Finally, in 2010, it hit the eight-figure mark with over $11mil in spending.  Interestingly, it finally dropped any mention of former B'nai B'rith International programs.

From BBYO's 2010 990 form
      Although the most obvious reason for the great increase in spending is that B'nai B'rith International was no longer the aegis under which the money was spent for summer programs, there are other factors, as well.  One of which was going from the stable the of summer programs from simply being International Convention, International Kallah, International Leadership Training Conference, and the various Chapter Leadership Training Conference sessions to expanding to include various service-learning trips as well as other travelling trips, no longer held exclusively on BBYO/BBI properties.

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