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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County

To help disadvantaged people improve their lives through equal access to justice

four stars

95.61

330 Twin Dolphin Drive Redwood City, CA 94065
tel: (800) 381-8898   Web Site
EIN: 94-1451894

Board Leadership
Ara R. Jabagchourian
President

CEO
M. Stacey Hawver
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 95.61 four stars
  Financial 93.80 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 04/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

In 1959, a dedicated group of lawyers and community leaders recognized an unmet need to help the less fortunate in San Mateo County. Thanks to these founders, in a small one-room office, the Legal Aid Society was born. Since then, the Legal Aid Society has grown to become one of California's most respected public interest law firms. A vital voice for San Mateo County's underserved populations, the organization has received awards for excellence in the delivery of legal services. Legal Aid continues to provide free, quality civil legal services to San Mateo County's low-income residents. Our advocacy has evolved with the times; we fought for civil rights in the 1960s and fair wages for farmworkers in the 1980s. Today our work encompasses nine broad areas: Caregivers, Children, Children and Adults with Disabilities, Seniors, Survivors of Domestic Violence, Teen Parents, Health, Income Maintenance, and Housing.

In 1959, a dedicated group of lawyers and community leaders recognized an unmet need to help the less fortunate in San Mateo County. Thanks to these founders, in a small one-room office, the Legal Aid Society was born. Since then, the Legal Aid Society has grown to become one of California's most respected public interest law firms. A vital voice for San Mateo County's underserved populations, the organization has received awards for excellence in the delivery of legal services. Legal Aid continues to provide free, quality civil legal services to San Mateo County's low-income residents. Our advocacy has evolved with the times; we fought for civil rights in the 1960s and fair wages for farmworkers in the 1980s. Today our work encompasses nine broad areas: Caregivers, Children, Children and Adults with Disabilities, Seniors, Survivors of Domestic Violence, Teen Parents, Health, Income Maintenance, and Housing.

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Financial

four stars

93.80

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 04/01/2020 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)
80.8%
  Administrative Expenses 11.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.67
  Program Expenses Growth 20.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 16.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County (CA) 95.61 four stars
New York Legal Assistance Group Incorporated (NY) 91.77 four stars
Legal Action Center of the City of New York (NY) 90.64 four stars
Youth Law Center (CA) 86.37 three stars
Center for Children & Youth Justice (WA) 86.17 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,828,321
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $532,062
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,599,684
Total Contributions $3,960,067
   Program Service Revenue $28,573
Total Primary Revenue $3,988,640
   Other Revenue $1,532
TOTAL REVENUE $3,990,172
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,077,533
   Administrative Expenses $418,006
   Fundraising Expenses $189,228
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,684,767
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $305,405
   
Net Assets $4,010,658

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
Linking Immigrants to Benefits $1,264,254 41.1%
Homesavers Project $591,637 19.2%
The Health Consumer Center $380,218 12.4%

Ratings History
Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-03 04/01/2020 95.61 four stars
2018-03 09/03/2019 94.66 four stars
2017-03 07/01/2018 89.37 three stars
2016-03 07/01/2017 82.92 three stars
2015-03 07/01/2016 87.92 three stars
2014-03 06/01/2016 89.59 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-03 02/01/2016 85.12 three stars
2014-03 12/22/2015 84.32 three stars
2014-03 10/01/2015 83.21 three stars
2013-03 08/01/2014 90.71 four stars
2012-03 07/01/2013 90.38 four stars
2011-03 05/01/2012 90.13 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 94-1451894
Name in IRS Master File LEGAL AID SOCIETY OF SAN MATEO CO
NTEE Code I80
NTEE Classification Legal Services
NTEE Type Crime, Legal-Related
Classification Educational 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 July, 1960
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End March
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • March, 2018
  • March, 2017
  • March, 2016
  • March, 2015
  • March, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$121,000 3.28% M. Stacey Hawver Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County (CA) 95.61 four stars
National Center for Law and Economic Justice (NY) 86.98 three stars
D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center (DC) 91.32 four stars
Pacific Legal Foundation (CA) 93.53 four stars
Immigrant Legal Resource Center (CA) 92.02 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County
330 Twin Dolphin Drive
Redwood City, CA 94065
tel: (800) 381-8898
fax: (650) 517-8973
EIN: 94-1451894

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Board Leadership

Ara R. Jabagchourian
President

CEO

M. Stacey Hawver
Executive Director

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