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Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program

The hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia

four stars

95.67

1500 Walnut Street Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA 19102
tel: (215) 523-9550   Web Site
EIN: 23-2210390

Board Leadership
Michael G. Balent
President

CEO
Sophie Bryan
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 95.67 four stars
  Financial 95.37 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1981, Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (VIP) provides legal services for low-income residents and families facing civil legal problems that threaten their basic human needs - shelter, employment, financial stability, education and health. Through its volunteers and staff, VIP serves more than 1,000 individuals and families yearly who could not otherwise afford attorneys and whose cases could or would not be handled by other public interest organizations. VIP handles any civil matter that is non-fee generating and for which there is no right to counsel. Our caseload includes: child support, employment/wage claims, tax issues, disability, landlord/tenant appeals, public housing evictions, probate, tangled title, consumer debt, litigation defense, child custody, adoption/guardianship, special education and school discipline, name change and immigration issues.

Founded in 1981, Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (VIP) provides legal services for low-income residents and families facing civil legal problems that threaten their basic human needs - shelter, employment, financial stability, education and health. Through its volunteers and staff, VIP serves more than 1,000 individuals and families yearly who could not otherwise afford attorneys and whose cases could or would not be handled by other public interest organizations. VIP handles any civil matter that is non-fee generating and for which there is no right to counsel. Our caseload includes: child support, employment/wage claims, tax issues, disability, landlord/tenant appeals, public housing evictions, probate, tangled title, consumer debt, litigation defense, child custody, adoption/guardianship, special education and school discipline, name change and immigration issues.

Financial

four stars

95.37

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 02/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
78.2%
  Administrative Expenses 12.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.14
  Program Expenses Growth 4.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (PA) 95.67 four stars
Legal Action Center of the City of New York (NY) 86.67 three stars
Lawyers Alliance for New York (NY) 87.33 three stars
Boston Bar Foundation (MA) 85.77 three stars
Education Law Center (NJ) 87.47 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,155,825
   Federated Campaigns $41,427
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $40,534
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $190,324
Total Contributions $1,428,110
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $1,428,110
   Other Revenue $-36,987
TOTAL REVENUE $1,391,123
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,008,253
   Administrative Expenses $151,165
   Fundraising Expenses $121,504
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,280,922
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $110,201
   
Net Assets $1,337,942

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.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History
Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 02/01/2018 95.67 four stars
2015-12 10/01/2016 91.10 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 90.06 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 11/01/2015 89.70 three stars
2013-12 12/01/2014 90.27 four stars
2012-12 10/01/2013 91.80 four stars
2011-12 08/01/2012 96.01 four stars
2009-12 06/01/2012 95.68 four stars
2009-12 06/01/2012 95.68 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2007-12 11/01/2008 84.52 three stars
2006-12 08/01/2007 86.73 three 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 23-2210390
Name in IRS Master File PHILADELPHIA VIP 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 (462) Legal aid to indigents
(429) Other inner city or community benefit 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 July, 1982
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

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

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$88,908 6.94% Sara Woods Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (PA) 95.67 four stars
Legal Aid Society of Cleveland (OH) 89.33 three stars
Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia (DC) 95.73 four stars
Institute for Free Speech (VA) 97.05 four stars
Boston Bar Foundation (MA) 85.77 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program
1500 Walnut Street
Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA 19102
tel: (215) 523-9550
fax: (215) 564-0845
EIN: 23-2210390

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Board Leadership

Michael G. Balent
President

CEO

Sophie Bryan
Executive Director

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