Mission: Founded in 1977, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bi ... (More)

National Center for Lesbian Rights is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1993, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://www.nclrights.org/

  870 Market Street
Suite 370
San Francisco CA 94102 

  415-392-6257


 Important note on the timeliness of ratings

The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Financial and Accountability & Transparency score for National Center for Lesbian Rights is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations. Please check with the charity directly for any questions you may have.

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Needs Improvement

This charity's score is 77.44, earning it a 2-Star rating. Charity Navigator believes donors can "Give with Confidence" to charities with 3- and 4-Star ratings.

This score is calculated from two sub-scores:

This score represents Form 990 data from 2020, the latest year published by the IRS. 

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

70.1%


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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

9.7%


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

20.0%


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

27.3%


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

$0.19


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

0.45 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

-2.45%


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)
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Policies


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Policies:
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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.

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  • 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.

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Transparency


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Transparency:
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Audited Financial Statements on Website ... (More)
Form 990 Available on Website ... (More)

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

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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 Form W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



Shannon Minter, Legal Director

$204,030 (4.16% of Total Expenses)


Cindy Myers, Interim Executive Director

$163,526 (3.33% of Total Expenses)


Imani Rupert-Gordon, Executive Director

$0 (0.00% of Total Expenses)


Current CEO and Board Chair can be found in the Leadership & Adaptability report below.

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:

Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc. (BMF activity code: 320)


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.


National Center for Lesbian Rights reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • As a legal organization, some of our case work was put on hold temporarily while courts were closed.


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

The present moment is one of great opportunity and great challenges, as we remain in the middle of a deadly pandemic whose “economic” harms have not been abstract but immediate, practical, and devastating for millions—housing instability, hunger, lack of access to healthcare, inability to participate fully in education, inability to care for one’s family and keep one’s job. We canceled major fundraising events and the entire launch event series for the arrival of our new executive director. We pivoted many of these planned meetings, receptions and events to virtual gatherings and are building new giving plans around these efforts. NCLR raises almost 70% of our revenue from individual donors, and we do not yet know how the pandemic will affect the finances of our supporters and our income from individual giving over the course of the year.


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

NCLR continued to provide services and support to our clients throughout the pandemic, all of which was moved to online virtual platforms. As courts were closed, some of our cases were put on hold. This was particularly true with our Immigration & Asylum program.


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

NCLR’s team has been working remotely since the pandemic began, and even as various parts of the country re-open we are going to be cautious and mindful about our staff capacity to return to shared work environments. Many staff have children under age 12 who are not yet able to be vaccinated. A number of our staff also come from under-represented communities where we are seeing less vaccine access and greater risk of new variants spreading. We also serve these deeply underrepresented communities, so we recognize that we will need to continue to maintain virtual work and meeting options as we navigate the national re-opening. In addition to staff working remotely, NCLR has hosted several events virtually. This includes our annual Gala, a Rural Pride Summit, panel discussions on various topics affecting our LGBTQ Community, and smaller donor events such as happy hours, meet & greets with our Executive Director, and a virtual brunch.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

NCLR will continue to engage with our community virtually, including panels and public education, large events and celebrations, as well as individual meetings and small gatherings.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
10/1/20212020 77.44
10/1/20212019 70.75
9/1/20202019 70.69

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

7/1/20202018 76.22
4/1/20202018 75.28
11/1/20192017 80.15
9/1/20182017 79.03
6/1/20172016 81.58
6/1/20162014 81.71
Rating Version: 2.0
12/22/20152014 87.01
12/22/20142013 86.84
10/1/20132012 85.33
6/1/20132011 86.71
7/1/20122011 85.41
9/20/20112010 85.54
Rating Version: 1.0
11/1/20102009 69.79
11/1/20092008 90.92
11/1/20082007 85.52
8/1/20072006 87.62
2/1/20072005 87.95
2/1/20062004 87.99
3/1/20052003 93.57

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...   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

National Center for Lesbian Rights 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



National Center for Lesbian Rights reported its three largest programs on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$967,926

Spent in most recent FY

28%

Percent of program expenses


Anti-discrimination Cases


$726,566

Spent in most recent FY

21%

Percent of program expenses


Promote Health and Well-Being of LGBTQ Youth


$577,289

Spent in most recent FY

16%

Percent of program expenses


Protect LGBTQ Youth


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...   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 National Center for Lesbian Rights is a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating.

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


The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) is a legal resource center with a primary commitment to advancing the rights and safety of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and communities through a program of litigation, public policy advocacy, free legal advice and counseling, and public education.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


NCLR’s legal, policy, and legislative victories set important precedents that improve the lives of all LGBTQ people and their families across the country. Our free legal assistance empowers individuals to assert their own legal rights. Our community and public education broadens public support for LGBTQ equality.


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: Change narratives and public perceptions of LGBTQ people that undermine equality and inclusion, with attention to intersectionality and particular needs of vulnerable groups.

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


Goal Two: Reshape systems and practices that create or contribute to disparate access and outcomes for LGBTQ people in schools, workplaces, healthcare, the legal system, sports, government programs.

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


Goal Three: Transform law and policy to respect and afford the full equality and participation of LGBTQ people.

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


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

NCLR offers all staff the opportunity to participate in leadership development in their own time and professional interests. This can include workshops, training and mentoring for individual staff. As a group, NCLR has been hosting Intersectional Dialogues with our team once a quarter. These discussions are an opportunity to learn together about topics related to our mission and vision. Most recently, NCLR hosted Dialogues about Intersex Advocacy, Two-Spirit Identiy, Internet Security & Privacy.

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?

NCLR focuses on litigation, legislation, advocacy and public education to achieve our mission of LGBTQ justice. Our programs include public education, training for legal aid providers, and support for community based organizations.

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.


Recognizing the particular risks of the virus spreading in prisons, jails, and group home settings, NCLR's Youth Project focused on trying to get young people who are incarcerated or in group settings released when possible, especially in CA. We have also been working specifically ensuring that CA state health and safety standards protect youth who are still in state custody/care. Our Helpline has been responding to calls about healthcare, health decision making, and estate planning to protect LGBTQ families, and will continue to help get this information out. Our immigration and asylum clients have seen their cases put on hold. They are generally not eligible for other kinds of relief that have been put in place, so they are coming to us with particular survival needs. We are stepping up our support of the non-legal aspects of our work with them. We are monitoring federal relief legislation and will begin public education for LGBTQ people about eligibility. NCLR is investing particularly attention on those who are left out of current relief efforts, including sex workers, people living in poverty, and undocumented immigrants. We have been stepping up efforts to deepen relationships with groups representing sex workers to ensure that we are able to advocate with them and support their needs and efforts. In addition to looking at relief efforts, we also recognize the importance of supporting efforts to prevent the use of criminalization, policing, and surveillance in COVID response efforts.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


Imani Rupert-Gordon

Executive Director

Nancy Geimer and Arlette Smith

Co-Chairs

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...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's culture and connectedness to the community it serves. Learn more about how and why we rate Culture & Community.


Culture & Community Score

93

out of 100

National Center for Lesbian Rights has earned a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating. The organization provided data about its Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) practices (see report below).

The Culture & Community Beacon is comprised of the following metrics:

  • Constituent Feedback: Not Scored

  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: 93/100 (100% of beacon score)


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Culture & Community Report

93

of 100 points

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Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

93/100 points

100% of beacon score


This organization's score of 93 is a passing score. The organization reported that it is implementing 8 diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective DEI policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.


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Methodology


We are utilizing data collected by Candid to document and assess the DEI practices implemented by the organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the Equity Strategies section of their Candid profiles to receive a rating.


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Constituent Feedback

Not Scored


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback from the constituents and/or communities it serves. However, it did not respond to one or more survey questions, and therefore is not eligible for a score on this metric. (View our beacon 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.


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Methodology


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Analysis and Research


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Constituent Feedback


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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