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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Western Center on Law & Poverty

Fighting for justice for all Californians

three stars

89.44

3701 Wilshire Boulevard Suite 208
Los Angeles, CA 90010
tel: (213) 487-7211   Web Site
EIN: 95-2897721

Board Leadership
Dave Elson & Grace Carter
Co-Chairs

CEO
Paul Tepper
Executive Director

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.44 three stars
  Financial 85.07 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 04/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Western Center on Law & Poverty leads the fight in the court, counties and capital to secure housing, healthcare and a strong safety net for low-income Californians. Western Center opened its doors in 1967 in the midst of the nation's "War on Poverty" as a joint legal clinic of USC, UCLA, and Loyola Law Schools. In 1996, Congress cut off federal financial support for programs like Western Center. Today Western Center's cutting edge advocacy, litigation and educational work are supported by private donations, foundation grants, and attorney fee awards. Western Center receives no federal funding.

Western Center on Law & Poverty leads the fight in the court, counties and capital to secure housing, healthcare and a strong safety net for low-income Californians. Western Center opened its doors in 1967 in the midst of the nation's "War on Poverty" as a joint legal clinic of USC, UCLA, and Loyola Law Schools. In 1996, Congress cut off federal financial support for programs like Western Center. Today Western Center's cutting edge advocacy, litigation and educational work are supported by private donations, foundation grants, and attorney fee awards. Western Center receives no federal funding.

Financial

three stars

85.07

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 04/01/2018 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)
77.5%
  Administrative Expenses 11.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.14
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.48
  Program Expenses Growth 6.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 24.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Western Center on Law & Poverty on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Western Center on Law & Poverty on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Western Center on Law & Poverty (CA) 89.44 three stars
Prairie State Legal Services (IL) 93.00 four stars
National Immigration Law Center (CA) 95.50 four stars
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (WA) 92.21 four stars
Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County (CA) 89.37 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,870,085
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $648,299
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $455,017
Total Contributions $2,973,401
   Program Service Revenue $562,869
Total Primary Revenue $3,536,270
   Other Revenue $50,911
TOTAL REVENUE $3,587,181
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,228,975
   Administrative Expenses $348,797
   Fundraising Expenses $400,627
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,978,399
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-391,218
   
Net Assets $1,843,691

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
Health Advocacy $1,130,141 35.0%
Housing Advocacy $1,323,880 41.0%
Public Assistance Advocacy $774,954 24.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 04/01/2018 89.44 three stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 90.84 four stars
2014-12 11/01/2016 87.04 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 86.74 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 87.29 three stars
2013-12 10/01/2015 89.38 three stars
2013-12 04/01/2015 89.73 three stars
2012-12 12/20/2013 82.07 three stars
2012-12 12/01/2013 81.85 three stars
2011-12 04/01/2013 75.47 two 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 95-2897721
Name in IRS Master File WESTERN CENTER ON LAW AND POVERTY
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
(462) Legal aid to indigents
(560) Supplying money, goods or services to the poor
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 October, 1974
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
$162,286 4.07% Paul Tepper Executive Director, President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Western Center on Law & Poverty (CA) 89.44 three stars
Prairie State Legal Services (IL) 93.00 four stars
Advocates for Children of New York (NY) 94.73 four stars
Institute for Free Speech (VA) 97.05 four stars
Her Justice (NY) 89.31 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Western Center on Law & Poverty
3701 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 208
Los Angeles, CA 90010
tel: (213) 487-7211
fax: (213) 487-0242
EIN: 95-2897721

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Board Leadership

Dave Elson & Grace Carter
Co-Chairs

CEO

Paul Tepper
Executive Director

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