Mission: LatinoJustice works to create a more just society by using and challenging the rule of law to secure transformative, equitable and accessible justice, by empowering our community and by fostering leadership through advocacy and education.

For the past 45+ years, LatinoJustice PRLDEF has litigated precedent-setting impact cases across the country, advocated for the rights of Latinos, fostered civic engagement, and trained Latinx to become leaders in their community. Our five pillars of work today address: Voting Rights, Immigrant Justice, Economic Justice, Criminal Justice Reform, and Legal and Leadership Development through our CAP Leadership Institute.

LatinoJustice PRLDEF is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1972, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://latinojustice.org/

 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1901
New York NY 10115 

  800-328-2322


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Exceptional

This charity's score is 99.04, earning it a 4-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity. 

This score is calculated from two sub-scores:

This score represents Form 990 data from 2019, the latest year published by the IRS.

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

80.3%


The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s).


This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver. Dividing a charity's average program expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Administrative Expenses

13.9%


As reported by charities on their IRS Form 990, this measure reflects what percent of its total budget a charity spends on overhead, administrative staff and associated costs, and organizational meetings. Dividing a charity's average administrative expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Expenses

5.7%


This measure reflects what a charity spends to raise money. Fundraising expenses can include campaign printing, publicity, mailing, and staffing and costs incurred in soliciting donations, memberships, and grants. Dividing a charity's average fundraising expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

6.9%


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).


Part of our goal in rating the financial performance of charities is to help donors assess the financial capacity and sustainability of a charity. As do organizations in other sectors, charities must be mindful of their management of total liabilites in relation to their total assets. This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and or long term sustainability. Dividing a charity's total liabilities by its total assets yields this percentage.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Efficiency

$0.07


The amount spent to raise $1 in charitable contributions. To calculate a charity's fundraising efficiency, we divide its average fundraising expenses by the average total contributions it receives. We calculate the charity's average expenses and average contributions over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Working Capital Ratio

2.86 years


Determines how long a charity could sustain its level of spending using its net available assets, or working capital, as reported on its most recently filed Form 990. We include in a charity's working capital unrestricted and temporarily restricted net assets, and exclude permanently restricted net assets. Dividing these net available assets in the most recent year by a charity's average total expenses, yields the working capital ratio. We calculate the charity's average total expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Program Expense Growth

11.46%


We compute the average annual growth of program expenses using the following formula: [(Yn/Y0)(1/n)]-1, where Y0 is a charity's program expenses in the first year of the interval analyzed, Yn is the charity's program expenses in the most recent year, and n is the interval of years passed between Y0 and Yn.


Source: IRS Form 990

Governance


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has these governance practices in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990

Governance:
Independent Voting Board Members  ... (More)
No Material Diversion of Assets ... (More)

A diversion of assets – any unauthorized conversion or use of the organization's assets other than for the organization's authorized purposes, including but not limited to embezzlement or theft – can seriously call into question a charity's financial integrity. We check the charity's last two Forms 990 to see if the charity has reported any diversion of assets. If the charity does report a diversion, then we check to see if it complied with the Form 990 instructions by describing what happened and its corrective action. This metric will be assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Full Credit: There has been no diversion of assets within the last two years.

  • Partial Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity has used Schedule O on the Form 990 to explain: the nature of the diversion, the amount of money or property involved and the corrective action taken to address the matter. In this situation, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity's explanation on Schedule O is either non-existent or not sufficient. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Audited financial statements provide important information about financial accountability and accuracy. They should be prepared by an independent accountant with oversight from an audit committee. (It is not necessary that the audit committee be a separate committee. Often at smaller charities, it falls within the responsibilities of the finance committee or the executive committee.) The committee provides an important oversight layer between the management of the organization, which is responsible for the financial information reported, and the independent accountant, who reviews the financials and issues an opinion based on its findings. We check the charity's Form 990 reporting to see if it meets this criteria.

  • Full Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant with an audit oversight committee.

  • Partial Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant, but it did not have an audit oversight committee. In this case, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: The charity did not have its audited financials prepared by an independent accountant. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Does Not Provide Loan(s) to or Receive Loan(s) From Related Parties ... (More)
Documents Board Meeting Minutes ... (More)
Distributes 990 to Board Before Filing ... (More)
Compensates Board ... (More)

Policies


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization has these policies in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Policies:
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Records Retention and Destruction ... (More)
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  • Yes: This charity has a written donor privacy policy published on its website, which states unambiguously that (1) it will not share or sell a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations or (2) it will only share or sell personal information once the donor has given the charity specific permission to do so.

  • Opt-out: The charity has a written privacy policy published on its website which enables donors to tell the charity to remove their names and contact information from lists the charity shares or sells. How a donor can have themselves removed from a list differs from one charity to the next, but any and all opt-out policies require donors to take specific action to protect their privacy.
  • No: This charity either does not have a written donor privacy policy in place to protect their contributors' personal information, or the existing policy does not meet our criteria.

The privacy policy must be specific to donor information. A general website policy which references "visitor" or "user" personal information will not suffice. A policy that refers to donor information collected on the website is also not sufficient as the policy must be comprehensive and applicable to both online and offline donors. The existence of a privacy policy of any type does not prohibit the charity itself from contacting the donor for informational, educational, or solicitation purposes.

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Transparency


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization makes this information easily accessible.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Transparency:
CEO Salary Listed on 990 ... (More)
Board of Directors Listed on Website ... (More)
Key Staff Listed on Website ... (More)
Audited Financial Statements on Website ... (More)
Form 990 Available on Website ... (More)

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are this organizations key compensated staff members as identified by our analysts. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



Juan Cartagena, President & General Counsel

$193,640 (4.83% of Total Expenses)


Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2020

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Legal aid to indigents (BMF activity code: 462)


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Affiliation:

Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


LatinoJustice PRLDEF reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

As a result of Covid-restrictions, we were not able to hold our traditional in-person events, which limited our fundraising revenue from such activities.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

Nearly all of our programming moved to virtual platforms, including legal advocacy, education programs and convenings. We were not able to hold one annual programmatic convening in 2020 and we were forced to temporarily suspend film screenings for our criminal justice reform program. All programmatic planning activities took place virtually. We were able to continue some of our in-person election protection work by investing in PPE supplies and equipment, and limiting number of staff and volunteers who engaged in field work.


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

After more than 15 months of conducting our programming almost entirely virtually and with a staff that has worked remotely since March 2020, we have learned a few key lessons about expanding our footprint and creating and implementing meaningful, outcomes-based programming delivered via virtual platforms. Our staff became tech-savvy and we expanded our digital media team to maximize our program capacity. Additionally, after we moved all board and committee meetings to virtual platforms, attendance increased.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

To sustain and even grow our newfound capacity, we will continue to offer expanded virtual programming even as we return to providing in-person programs. Most of our legal, civic engagement, advocacy and education programs will accommodate both in-person and virtual guests. Additionally, all board and committee meetings will be hybrid, with both in-person and virtual capacity. Finally, we are working on a plan to continue to have staff work on a hybrid model, with some remote days and some in-person days. All special events will also be held in a hybrid capacity, allowing us to provide virtual entry to guests and participants who are not in the geographic region where the event is being held. These changes are expected to be permanent.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
6/1/20212019 99.04
12/1/20192018 95.99
4/1/20192017 85.76
9/1/20182016 91.08
2/1/20182016 89.83

This organization received multiple star ratings within this fiscal year, due to an update to it's Accountability and Transparency data and/or the receipt of an amended Form 990.

11/1/20162015 86.70
6/1/20162014 87.04
Rating Version: 2.0
3/1/20162014 87.09

...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

LatinoJustice PRLDEF cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



LatinoJustice PRLDEF reported its three largest programs on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$2,202,928

Spent in most recent FY

60%

Percent of program expenses


LITIGATION:LATINOJUSTICE ORGANIZES ITS LEGAL PROGRAMMATIC WORK ALONG FIVE PRIMARY LEGAL PILLARS, CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM, ECONOMIC JUSTICE, IMMIGRANTS' RIGHTS, VOTING RIGHTS, AND PUERTO RICO, ENGAGING ... (More)


$1,122,196

Spent in most recent FY

30%

Percent of program expenses


COMMUNICATIONS AND ADVOCACY:TO STRENGTHEN THE ORGANIZATION'S PROFILE AND REACH, WE COMPLETED AN OVERHAUL TO THE ORGANIZATIONAL WEBSITE TO MAKE IT A MORE DYNAMIC AND NAVIGABLE TOOL TO SHARE PROGRAM INF ... (More)


$313,743

Spent in most recent FY

8%

Percent of program expenses


LEGAL EDUCATION - CAP LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE:OUR CAP LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE PROVIDED CRITICAL SERVICES FOR PRELAW STUDENTS, INCLUDING OUR ANNUAL LAW DAY FAIR, ATTRACTING MORE THAN 60 LAW SCHOOLS AND SCORE ... (More)


...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by LatinoJustice PRLDEF is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


LatinoJustice works to create a more just society by using and challenging the rule of law to secure transformative, equitable and accessible justice, by empowering our community and by fostering leadership through advocacy and education.<br><br>For the past 45+ years, LatinoJustice PRLDEF has litigated precedent-setting impact cases across the country, advocated for the rights of Latinos, fostered civic engagement, and trained Latinx to become leaders in their community. Our five pillars of work today address: Voting Rights, Immigrant Justice, Economic Justice, Criminal Justice Reform, and Legal and Leadership Development through our CAP Leadership Institute.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


LatinoJustice PRLDEF envisions a society where Latinos have equal access to jobs, education, housing, the vote and a life free from discrimination, on in which their human and civil rights are protected. We envision an end to systemic racism in law enforcement and immigration. We envision economic equity and a widespread commitment to upholding the dignity and worth of every human.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: To expand staff and restructure teams to ensure strategic and efficient program development and delivery.

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).


Goal Two: To develop our Advocacy and Digital Communications capacity to elevate key issues, e.g. Voting Rights, Economic Justice and Criminal Justice Reform.

Goal Type: This goal reflects our commitment to further our advocacy work for our organization and or cause area.


Goal Three: To expand programs, services and our geographic footprint in defense of the rights of Latinos and in allyship with peer organizations working toward equity and access for all communities of color.

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

In the spring and summer of 2020, LatinoJustice engaged a consulting firm to work with he senior management team to provide group leadership development training that aligned with our goals and strategic priorities for the following 24 months.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

  • Policy Advocacy

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

Latinojustice PRLDEF staff and teams work with a variety of nonprofit allies, for-profit partners and community groups in regions throughout the country to pursue impact outcomes for the populations we serve; e.g. unity mapping for redistricting, pro bono partners for immigrant rights litigation, criminal justice convenings with peer organizations and recruiting volunteers and partner organizations to present education and know-your-rights workshops and clinics. We often serve as a digital media partner for organizations whose work aligns with our programmatic pillars. Finally, we educate local and state legislators about the impact of policy on impacted Latinx communities.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


The past year has been monumental in its impact on the communities we serve. From the disproportionately harsh impact of the pandemic and the related economic downturn on the health and financial well-being of Latinx communities to efforts to disenfranchise Latinx voters in the wake of the 2020 election and the rise of the racial justice movement after the murder of George Floyd, there has been an exponential increase in the need for the services and programs of organizations like LatinoJustice. Our response to the transformative past year has been to deepen our staff and programs, develop new and deepen existing alliances, adapt our programming to increase our virtual capacity, take stronger positions in defense of Latinx communities, provide guidance for new allies and strengthen our commitment to advocate for impacted communities on issues from economic justice to voting rights and policing.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's engagement with the constituents it serves, a practice we term Constituent Feedback. When organizations listen to constituents, they are able to better deliver on programs and meet the needs of stakeholders. A future version of this Beacon will also assess an organization's people operations and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) metrics.


Culture & Community Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by LatinoJustice PRLDEF is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of an organization's Culture and Community by measuring its Constituent Feedback practices (see report below). Constituent Feedback data provides 100% of the basis for the initial evaluation of the Culture & Community Beacon.


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Culture & Community Report

100

of 100 points

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback

Full Credit


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback.


Here's how this organization is listening and learning from the people they serve:


How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees


How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve


With whom does your organization share the feedback you got from the people you serve?

The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners


What challenges does your organization face in collecting feedback from the people you serve?

It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection


Briefly describe a recent change that your organization made in response to feedback from the people you serve.

After conducting national and state-based surveys with our targeted population, we more specifically focused our narrative change work in our criminal justice reform pillar to provide more nuanced context to the communities we are trying to engage and mobilize to support criminal justice reform.



Methodology


Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective. We've partnered with GuideStar by Candid to survey organizations about their feedback practices. Nonprofit organizations can fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile to receive a rating.


Charity Navigator awards full credit for this Beacon to every nonprofit that is eligible for an Encompass Rating that completes the survey, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. This data is not evaluated for quality at this time. Validation will be added in future iterations of this Beacon.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Our partnership with Feedback Labs and Guidestar by Candid, and other partners including Fund for Shared Insight, GlobalGiving, and Keystone Accountability, enables us to launch the first version of this beacon with Constituent Feedback information collected on Candid's site.


Feedback practices have been shown to support better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes, an essential area of assessment that we intend to further expand and develop in the future. Feedback Labs has documented several studies which indicate that beyond achieving organizational goals, nonprofits that are attentive and responsive to concerns and ideas raised by beneficiaries establish stronger relationships with the people they serve, promote greater equity, and empower constituents in ways that can help to ensure better long-term outcomes. You can find resources to help nonprofits improve their feedback practices here.

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