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Western Center on Law & Poverty

Fighting for justice for all Californians

87.04

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 87.04
  Financial 81.68
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00
This rating was published 11/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial

81.68

Accountability & Transparency

100.00

This rating was published 11/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, 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)
73.4%
  Administrative Expenses 15.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.18
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.35
  Program Expenses Growth 10.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 28.5%
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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Western Center on Law & Poverty (CA) 87.04
Volunteer Lawyers Network (MN) 88.92
Legal Services for Children (CA) 87.42
Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (IL) 90.21
Public Justice Center (MD) 87.55

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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.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,428,939
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $744,332
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $395,912
Total Contributions $2,569,183
   Program Service Revenue $167,093
Total Primary Revenue $2,736,276
   Other Revenue $61,443
TOTAL REVENUE $2,797,719
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,818,372
   Administrative Expenses $511,916
   Fundraising Expenses $409,206
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,739,494
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-941,775
   
Net Assets $1,253,399

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 $986,430 35.0%
Housing Advocacy $986,430 35.0%
Public Assistance Advocacy $845,512 30.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2014-12 11/01/2016 87.04
2014-12 06/01/2016 86.74
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 87.29
2013-12 10/01/2015 89.38
2013-12 04/01/2015 89.73
2012-12 12/20/2013 82.07
2012-12 12/01/2013 81.85
2011-12 04/01/2013 75.47

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, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011
  • December, 2010

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).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$119,072 3.18% Paul Tepper Executive Director, President
Other Salaries of Note
$123,840 3.31% Richard Rothschild Director of Litigation
$122,418 3.27% Sherri Martinez Managing Attorney
None reported -- Elizabeth Landsberg Managing Attorney

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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Western Center on Law & Poverty (CA) 87.04
Legal Aid Society of Cleveland (OH) 86.71
Advocates for Children of New York (NY) 91.92
Lawyers Alliance for New York (NY) 88.81
And Justice for All (UT) 92.22

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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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