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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Mississippi Center for Justice

advancing racial and economic justice

three stars

88.75

5 Old River Place Suite 203
Jackson, MS 39215
tel: (601) 352-2269   Web Site
EIN: 13-4203234

Board Leadership
Walter H. Boone
Chair

CEO
Vangela M. Wade
President and CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.75 three stars
  Financial 88.51 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 05/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Mississippi Center for Justice opened its doors in 2003, giving Mississippi a critical capacity for social change: a home grown, non-profit public interest law firm that pursues racial and economic justice through advocacy for systemic change. The Mississippi Center for Justice carries out its mission through a community lawyering approach that advances specific social justice campaigns in partnership with national and local organizations and community leaders. The Mississippi Center for Justice has three offices in Mississippi, located in Jackson, Indianola and Biloxi. Staffed by a team of attorneys, advocates and others, the Mississippi Center for Justice is dedicated to developing policies and strategies that combat discrimination and poverty throughout Mississippi. The Center engages the services of pro bono attorneys from across the United States.

The Mississippi Center for Justice opened its doors in 2003, giving Mississippi a critical capacity for social change: a home grown, non-profit public interest law firm that pursues racial and economic justice through advocacy for systemic change. The Mississippi Center for Justice carries out its mission through a community lawyering approach that advances specific social justice campaigns in partnership with national and local organizations and community leaders. The Mississippi Center for Justice has three offices in Mississippi, located in Jackson, Indianola and Biloxi. Staffed by a team of attorneys, advocates and others, the Mississippi Center for Justice is dedicated to developing policies and strategies that combat discrimination and poverty throughout Mississippi. The Center engages the services of pro bono attorneys from across the United States.

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Financial

three stars

88.51

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 05/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
80.4%
  Administrative Expenses 10.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.62
  Program Expenses Growth 2.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Mississippi Center for Justice on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Mississippi Center for Justice on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Mississippi Center for Justice (MS) 88.75 three stars
Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia (DC) 97.53 four stars
Chicago Legal Clinic (IL) 88.29 three stars
Public Law Center (CA) 88.36 three stars
PILnet (NY) 85.72 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $687,667
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $208,848
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $2,269,080
Total Contributions $3,165,595
   Program Service Revenue $45,780
Total Primary Revenue $3,211,375
   Other Revenue $12,089
TOTAL REVENUE $3,223,464
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,026,465
   Administrative Expenses $399,241
   Fundraising Expenses $277,801
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,703,507
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-480,043
   
Net Assets $2,310,015

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 and Social Services $1,359,834 44.9%
Education $1,132,095 37.4%
Healthcare Access $398,145 13.2%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 05/01/2020 88.75 three stars
2017-12 06/01/2019 87.55 three stars
2016-12 06/01/2018 86.39 three stars
2015-12 07/01/2017 87.33 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 91.45 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 08/01/2015 91.86 four stars
2012-12 06/01/2014 94.48 four stars
2011-12 07/01/2013 94.98 four stars
2010-12 12/20/2012 91.22 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 13-4203234
Name in IRS Master File MISSISSIPPI CENTER FOR JUSTICE
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
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 December, 2002
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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$180,650 4.87% Joseph R. Morse President, CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$204,175 5.51% Martha Bergmark Founder
$181,400 4.89% Robert Mcduff Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Mississippi Center for Justice (MS) 88.75 three stars
Center for Children & Youth Justice (WA) 86.17 three stars
San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program (CA) 92.22 four stars
Pacific Legal Foundation (CA) 93.53 four stars
Chicago Bar Foundation (IL) 88.43 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Mississippi Center for Justice
5 Old River Place
Suite 203
Jackson, MS 39215
tel: (601) 352-2269
fax: (601) 352-4769
EIN: 13-4203234

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 1023
Jackson, MS 39215

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Board Leadership

Walter H. Boone
Chair

CEO

Vangela M. Wade
President and CEO

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