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Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County

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

96.19

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

Board Leadership
Adam J. Zapala
President

CEO
M. Stacey Hawver
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 96.19
  Financial 94.62
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00
This rating was published 09/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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.

Financial

94.62

Accountability & Transparency

100.00

This rating was published 09/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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)
83.7%
  Administrative Expenses 10.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.65
  Program Expenses Growth 21.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 16.8%
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.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County (CA) 96.19
Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy (NC) 94.94
Greater Boston Legal Services (MA) 91.49
Gulfcoast Legal Services (FL) 92.13
Centro Legal De La Raza (CA) 90.58

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,356,742
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $593,912
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,994,969
Total Contributions $4,945,623
   Program Service Revenue $6,500
Total Primary Revenue $4,952,123
   Other Revenue $337,546
TOTAL REVENUE $5,289,669
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,922,672
   Administrative Expenses $355,502
   Fundraising Expenses $236,795
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,514,969
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $774,700
   
Net Assets $4,056,100

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 $1,743,240 44.4%
Homesavers Project $861,065 22.0%
The Health Consumer Center $617,886 15.8%

Ratings History
Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2020-03 09/01/2021 96.19
2019-03 04/01/2020 95.61
2018-03 09/03/2019 94.66
2017-03 07/01/2018 89.37
2016-03 07/01/2017 82.92
2015-03 07/01/2016 87.92
2014-03 06/01/2016 89.59
 
CN 2.0
2014-03 02/01/2016 85.12
2014-03 12/22/2015 84.32
2014-03 10/01/2015 83.21
2013-03 08/01/2014 90.71
2012-03 07/01/2013 90.38
2011-03 05/01/2012 90.13

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 2.67% M. Stacey Hawver Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County (CA) 96.19
Legal Aid Society of Cleveland (OH) 96.22
Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs (DC) 86.27
And Justice for All (UT) 96.46
International Senior Lawyers' Corporation (NY) 89.20

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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

Adam J. Zapala
President

CEO

M. Stacey Hawver
Executive Director

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