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Public Counsel

Nation's Largest Pro Bono Law Firm

four stars

92.20

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

Board Leadership
Michael H. Steinebrg
Chair

CEO
Margaret Morrow
President and CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.20 four stars
  Financial 99.19 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 09/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, 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

99.19

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 09/01/2017 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)
84.9%
  Administrative Expenses 7.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.32
  Program Expenses Growth 6.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.6%
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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Public Counsel (CA) 92.20 four stars
Volunteer Lawyers Network (MN) 87.45 three stars
Texas Defender Service (TX) 88.17 three stars
The Florence Project (AZ) 86.54 three stars
Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (MN) 95.32 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $5,451,477
   Federated Campaigns $65,582
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $2,671,096
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $3,087,734
Total Contributions $11,275,889
   Program Service Revenue $2,977,688
Total Primary Revenue $14,253,577
   Other Revenue $-250,177
TOTAL REVENUE $14,003,400
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $10,052,008
   Administrative Expenses $882,150
   Fundraising Expenses $891,228
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $11,825,386
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $2,178,014
   
Net Assets $14,796,343

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
Children's Rights $2,062,672 20.5%
Immigrants Rights $2,057,646 20.5%
Homeless Prevention $1,624,404 16.2%

Ratings History
Public Counsel has received 9 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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, 2016
  • August, 2015
  • August, 2014
  • August, 2013
  • August, 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
Not compensated -- Margaret Morrow President & CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$212,679 1.79% Mark Rosenbaum Directing Attorney
$160,528 1.35% Shari Bartz Vice President Of Finance And Operations
$154,888 1.30% Tracy Rice Vice President Of Development
Not compensated -- Rand S. April Interim CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Public Counsel (CA) 92.20 four stars
Legal Action Center of the City of New York (NY) 86.67 three stars
Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County (CA) 89.37 three stars
South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc. (MA) 87.14 three stars
Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT) (NY) 86.20 three 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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610 South Ardmore Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90005

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Board Leadership

Michael H. Steinebrg
Chair

CEO

Margaret Morrow
President and CEO

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