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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Pacific Justice Institute

Raising the torch of justice for our civil liberties

four stars

96.44

P.O. Box 276600 Sacramento, CA 95827
tel: (916) 857-6900   Web Site
EIN: 91-1823641

Board Leadership
Al Larson
Chair

CEO
Brad Dacus
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 96.44 four stars
  Financial 94.97 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) is a legal defense organization specializing in the defense of religious freedom, parental rights, and other civil liberties. PJI works diligently, without charge, to provide their clients with all the legal support they need. PJI's strategy is to coordinate and oversee large numbers of concurrent court actions through a network of over 1,000 affiliate attorneys nationwide. In addition, PJI offers the Legal Edge, a weekly radio commentary on religious liberty cases or issues in which PJI is currently involved. These commentaries serve both to inform and encourage the public, and the Christian community in particular, about the increasing battle to preserve First Amendment religious freedoms.

Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) is a legal defense organization specializing in the defense of religious freedom, parental rights, and other civil liberties. PJI works diligently, without charge, to provide their clients with all the legal support they need. PJI's strategy is to coordinate and oversee large numbers of concurrent court actions through a network of over 1,000 affiliate attorneys nationwide. In addition, PJI offers the Legal Edge, a weekly radio commentary on religious liberty cases or issues in which PJI is currently involved. These commentaries serve both to inform and encourage the public, and the Christian community in particular, about the increasing battle to preserve First Amendment religious freedoms.

Financial

four stars

94.97

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 05/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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)
84.9%
  Administrative Expenses 9.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.69
  Program Expenses Growth 23.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 13.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Pacific Justice Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Pacific Justice Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Pacific Justice Institute (CA) 96.44 four stars
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (NY) 92.02 four stars
The W. Haywood Burns Institute (CA) 86.74 three stars
LatinoJustice PRLDEF (NY) 99.04 four stars
Urban League of Greater Madison (WI) 86.68 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,254,208
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $3,254,208
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $3,254,208
   Other Revenue $-240,878
TOTAL REVENUE $3,013,330
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,792,081
   Administrative Expenses $282,458
   Fundraising Expenses $128,925
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,203,464
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-190,134
   
Net Assets $1,843,671

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
Free Legal Counsel $1,563,565 56.0%
Public Education $1,088,912 39.0%
Celebration of Justice $139,604 5.0%

Ratings History
Pacific Justice Institute has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2020-05 05/01/2021 96.44 four stars
2019-05 06/01/2020 96.88 four stars
2018-05 07/01/2019 94.78 four stars
2018-05 06/01/2019 85.86 three stars
2018-05 05/01/2019 80.41 three stars
2017-05 03/01/2018 92.60 four stars
2016-05 10/01/2017 88.62 three stars
2015-05 09/01/2016 82.98 three stars
2015-05 08/01/2016 76.35 two stars
2015-05 07/01/2016 73.79 two stars
2014-05 06/01/2016 87.74 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-05 07/01/2015 87.19 three stars
2013-05 04/01/2014 82.65 three stars
2012-05 02/01/2014 79.87 two stars
2012-05 12/01/2013 74.20 two stars
2012-05 08/01/2013 68.16 one star
2012-05 06/01/2013 56.88 one star
2010-05 12/20/2012 56.33 one star
2010-05 12/20/2012 56.33 one star
2009-05 09/20/2011 62.25 one star

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

EIN 91-1823641
Name in IRS Master File PACIFIC JUSTICE INSTITUTE
NTEE Code R60
NTEE Classification Civil Liberties Advocacy
NTEE Type Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(430) Defense of human and civil rights
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 November, 1997
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End May
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • May, 2018
  • May, 2017
  • May, 2016
  • May, 2015
  • May, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$193,399 6.03% Brad Dacus President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Pacific Justice Institute (CA) 96.44 four stars
New York Immigration Coalition (NY) 91.37 four stars
LatinoJustice PRLDEF (NY) 99.04 four stars
National Immigration Forum (DC) 91.68 four stars
ACLU Foundation of Texas (TX) 85.62 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Pacific Justice Institute
P.O. Box 276600
Sacramento, CA 95827
tel: (916) 857-6900
fax: (916) 857-6902
EIN: 91-1823641

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Board Leadership

Al Larson
Chair

CEO

Brad Dacus
President

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