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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

National Consumer Law Center

Protecting vulnerable consumers and promoting marketplace justice

four stars

92.47

Seven Winthrop Square Boston, MA 02110
tel: (617) 542-8010   Web Site
EIN: 04-2488502

Board Leadership
Michael Ferry
President

CEO
Richard Dubois
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.47 four stars
  Financial 89.79 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) is the nation's consumer law expert, helping consumers, their advocates, and public policy makers use powerful and complex consumer laws on behalf of low-income and vulnerable Americans seeking economic justice. In addition to disadvantaged consumers everywhere, we devote special attention to the problems of immigrants, vulnerable elders, homeowners, former welfare recipients, victims of domestic violence, military personnel, and others. NCLC also provides support on issues involving consumer fraud, debt collection, consumer finance, energy assistance programs, predatory lending, and sustainable home ownership programs.

The National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) is the nation's consumer law expert, helping consumers, their advocates, and public policy makers use powerful and complex consumer laws on behalf of low-income and vulnerable Americans seeking economic justice. In addition to disadvantaged consumers everywhere, we devote special attention to the problems of immigrants, vulnerable elders, homeowners, former welfare recipients, victims of domestic violence, military personnel, and others. NCLC also provides support on issues involving consumer fraud, debt collection, consumer finance, energy assistance programs, predatory lending, and sustainable home ownership programs.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Number of people trained
1,061
This impact information is current as of November 2019, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

three stars

89.79

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 12/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
82.5%
  Administrative Expenses 11.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.15
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.43
  Program Expenses Growth 3.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by National Consumer Law Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by National Consumer Law Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
National Consumer Law Center (MA) 92.47 four stars
Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program (TX) 86.33 three stars
Inner City Law Center (CA) 93.15 four stars
D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center (DC) 93.74 four stars
Immigrant Legal Resource Center (CA) 92.02 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,161,482
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $75,753
Total Contributions $3,237,235
   Program Service Revenue $8,550,241
Total Primary Revenue $11,787,476
   Other Revenue $1,791,267
TOTAL REVENUE $13,578,743
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $7,281,645
   Administrative Expenses $1,159,915
   Fundraising Expenses $606,502
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $9,048,062
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $4,530,681
   
Net Assets $29,182,452

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Building Family and Individual Economic Security $5,766,386 79.2%
Improving Access to Energy, Utilities & Telecommunications $906,539 12.4%
Partnerships with Grassroots Organizations $608,720 8.4%

Ratings History
National Consumer Law Center has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 12/01/2019 92.47 four stars
2017-12 12/21/2018 90.64 four stars
2016-12 04/01/2018 90.53 four stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 89.52 three stars
2015-12 02/01/2017 90.23 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 89.99 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/01/2015 89.07 three stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 89.56 three stars
2012-12 12/20/2013 87.29 three stars
2011-12 06/01/2013 88.64 three stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 88.99 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 94.26 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 05/01/2011 98.68 four stars
2008-12 12/01/2009 95.96 four stars
2007-12 05/01/2009 96.23 four stars
2006-12 10/01/2007 98.75 four stars
2005-12 11/01/2006 96.68 four stars
2004-12 07/01/2006 98.90 four stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 04-2488502
Name in IRS Master File NATIONAL CONSUMER LAW CENTER INC
NTEE Code I80
NTEE Classification Legal Services
NTEE Type Crime, Legal-Related
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (460) Public interest litigation activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
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).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date December, 1973
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$170,715 1.88% Richard Dubois Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
National Consumer Law Center (MA) 92.47 four stars
Legal Aid of Western Missouri (MO) 86.16 three stars
Public Law Center (CA) 85.32 three stars
South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc. (MA) 87.14 three stars
Immigrant Legal Resource Center (CA) 92.02 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

National Consumer Law Center
Seven Winthrop Square
Boston, MA 02110
tel: (617) 542-8010
fax: (617) 542-8028
EIN: 04-2488502

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Board Leadership

Michael Ferry
President

CEO

Richard Dubois
Executive Director

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