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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Western Center on Law & Poverty

Fighting for justice for all Californians

83.86

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

Board Leadership
David Elson & Lois D. Thompson
Co-Chairs

CEO
Crystal D. Crawford
Executive Director

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  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 83.86
  Financial 77.18
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00
This rating was published 08/03/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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 on Law & Poverty was formed in 1967 by a passionate group of attorneys and legal scholars from USC, UCLA and Loyola law schools who sought to create a unique organization, driven by the belief that low-income Californians deserve the finest possible legal representation before every institution that shapes their lives.

For over five decades, Western Center has advocated on behalf of Californians experiencing poverty in every branch of government. 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 on Law & Poverty was formed in 1967 by a passionate group of attorneys and legal scholars from USC, UCLA and Loyola law schools who sought to create a unique organization, driven by the belief that low-income Californians deserve the finest possible legal representation before every institution that shapes their lives.

For over five decades, Western Center has advocated on behalf of Californians experiencing poverty in every branch of government. 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

77.18

Accountability & Transparency

100.00

This rating was published 08/03/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
78.8%
  Administrative Expenses 8.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 12.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.14
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.62
  Program Expenses Growth 1.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 31.1%
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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Western Center on Law & Poverty (CA) 83.86
National Immigration Law Center (CA) 96.93
Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT) (NY) 91.25
Virginia Legal Aid Society (VA) 86.76
Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia (DC) 95.95

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,832,367
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $825,345
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $865,499
Total Contributions $3,523,211
   Program Service Revenue $896,098
Total Primary Revenue $4,419,309
   Other Revenue $52,297
TOTAL REVENUE $4,471,606
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,373,134
   Administrative Expenses $389,208
   Fundraising Expenses $562,190
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,324,532
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $147,074
   
Net Assets $2,579,852

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
Housing $1,142,817 33.9%
Public Benefits and Economic Justice $1,130,339 33.5%
Health Care $1,099,978 32.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 08/03/2021 83.86
2018-12 02/01/2020 87.78
2017-12 03/01/2019 88.05
2016-12 04/01/2018 89.44
2015-12 06/01/2017 90.84
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)
(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
$183,619 4.24% Paul Tepper Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Western Center on Law & Poverty (CA) 83.86
Education Law Center (NJ) 86.51
Catholic Legal Immigration Network. Inc. (CLINIC) (MD) 97.86
The Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project (AZ) 97.17
New York Legal Assistance Group Incorporated (NY) 90.54

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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
EIN: 95-2897721

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Board Leadership

David Elson & Lois D. Thompson
Co-Chairs

CEO

Crystal D. Crawford
Executive Director

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