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Public Counsel

Nation's Largest Pro Bono Law Firm

three stars

89.94

610 South Ardmore Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90005
tel: (213) 385-2977   Web Site
EIN: 23-7105149

Board Leadership
Jonathan H. Anschell
Chair

CEO
Margaret Morrow
President and CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.94 three stars
  Financial 90.98 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 05/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Public Counsel is the nation's largest public interest law firm specializing in delivering pro bono legal services to low-income communities. Founded in 1970, Public Counsel strives to achieve three main goals: (1) Protecting the legal rights of disadvantaged children; (2) Fostering economic justice by providing individuals and institutions in underserved communities with access to quality legal representation; and (3) Representing immigrants who have been the victims of torture, persecution, domestic violence, trafficking, and other crimes. Through a pro bono model that leverages the talents of thousands of attorney and law student volunteers, we provide free legal assistance to low-income clients and address systemic poverty and civil rights issues through impact litigation and policy advocacy.
The substantive areas in which we work are Children's Rights, Homelessness, Veterans' Rights, Consumer Rights, Community Development, Immigrants' Rights, and Women and Girls' Rights.

Public Counsel is the nation's largest public interest law firm specializing in delivering pro bono legal services to low-income communities. Founded in 1970, Public Counsel strives to achieve three main goals: (1) Protecting the legal rights of disadvantaged children; (2) Fostering economic justice by providing individuals and institutions in underserved communities with access to quality legal representation; and (3) Representing immigrants who have been the victims of torture, persecution, domestic violence, trafficking, and other crimes. Through a pro bono model that leverages the talents of thousands of attorney and law student volunteers, we provide free legal assistance to low-income clients and address systemic poverty and civil rights issues through impact litigation and policy advocacy.
The substantive areas in which we work are Children's Rights, Homelessness, Veterans' Rights, Consumer Rights, Community Development, Immigrants' Rights, and Women and Girls' Rights.

Financial

four stars

90.98

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 05/01/2021 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)
82.2%
  Administrative Expenses 8.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.35
  Program Expenses Growth 4.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 7.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Public Counsel on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Public Counsel on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Public Counsel (CA) 89.94 three stars
National Immigration Law Center (CA) 98.84 four stars
Justice in Aging (DC) 96.46 four stars
Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (PA) 90.83 four stars
Catholic Legal Immigration Network. Inc. (CLINIC) (MD) 99.87 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $6,729,046
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $2,178,038
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $2,762,072
Total Contributions $11,669,156
   Program Service Revenue $2,514,640
Total Primary Revenue $14,183,796
   Other Revenue $197,233
TOTAL REVENUE $14,381,029
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $11,400,410
   Administrative Expenses $1,123,473
   Fundraising Expenses $1,516,415
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $14,040,298
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $340,731
   
Net Assets $17,596,539

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
Immigrants Rights $2,521,877 22.1%
Children's Rights $2,342,069 20.5%
Homelessness Prevention $2,257,596 19.8%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-08 05/01/2021 89.94 three stars
2018-08 09/03/2019 90.34 four stars
2017-08 12/21/2018 92.07 four stars
2016-08 09/01/2017 92.20 four stars
2015-08 07/01/2016 92.20 four stars
2014-08 06/01/2016 92.12 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-08 10/01/2015 91.31 four stars
2013-08 08/01/2014 94.74 four stars
2012-08 05/01/2013 94.91 four stars
2011-08 06/01/2012 94.28 four stars
2010-08 12/01/2011 94.32 four stars
2009-08 09/20/2011 94.94 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-08 02/01/2011 98.51 four stars
2008-08 09/01/2009 90.56 four 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 23-7105149
Name in IRS Master File PUBLIC COUNSEL
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 (59) Other school related 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 June, 1971
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End August
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • August, 2017
  • August, 2016
  • August, 2015
  • August, 2014
  • August, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$234,228 1.66% Margaret Morrow President & CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Public Counsel (CA) 89.94 three stars
Immigration Counseling Service (OR) 88.14 three stars
Chicago Bar Foundation (IL) 88.43 three stars
Volunteer Lawyers Network (MN) 90.16 four stars
Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia (DC) 95.95 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Public Counsel
610 South Ardmore Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90005
tel: (213) 385-2977
fax: (213) 385-9089
EIN: 23-7105149

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Board Leadership

Jonathan H. Anschell
Chair

CEO

Margaret Morrow
President and CEO

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