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Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia

Making Justice Real

four stars

97.53

1331 H Street, NW Suite 350
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 628-1161   Web Site
EIN: 53-0196600

Board Leadership
David Dantzic
President

CEO
Eric Angel
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 97.53 four stars
  Financial 96.51 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia was formed in 1932 to provide civil legal aid to individuals, families and communities in the District who could not otherwise afford to hire a lawyer. For more than 86 years, Legal Aid has helped tens of thousands of District residents obtain meaningful access to justice. Legal Aid is the law firm for clients who cannot afford a lawyer. Our staff and volunteers work each day in making the justice system work. Each year, with the support of the legal community, we extend our reach further and work harder to make justice meaningful for everyone.

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia was formed in 1932 to provide civil legal aid to individuals, families and communities in the District who could not otherwise afford to hire a lawyer. For more than 86 years, Legal Aid has helped tens of thousands of District residents obtain meaningful access to justice. Legal Aid is the law firm for clients who cannot afford a lawyer. Our staff and volunteers work each day in making the justice system work. Each year, with the support of the legal community, we extend our reach further and work harder to make justice meaningful for everyone.

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Financial

four stars

96.51

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 02/01/2020 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)
82.4%
  Administrative Expenses 8.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.03
  Program Expenses Growth 9.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 12.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia (DC) 97.53 four stars
Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs (DC) 91.06 four stars
Administer Justice (IL) 86.67 three stars
Texas Defender Service (TX) 89.19 three stars
South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc. (MA) 87.14 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $5,602,873
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $955,584
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $344,760
Total Contributions $6,903,217
   Program Service Revenue $86,924
Total Primary Revenue $6,990,141
   Other Revenue $151,596
TOTAL REVENUE $7,141,737
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,357,043
   Administrative Expenses $600,008
   Fundraising Expenses $604,300
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,561,351
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $580,386
   
Net Assets $6,503,674

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.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History
Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia has received 7 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 02/01/2020 97.53 four stars
2017-12 02/01/2019 99.46 four stars
2016-12 12/22/2017 95.73 four stars
2015-12 11/01/2016 93.76 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 93.11 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 94.31 four stars
2013-12 12/22/2014 92.67 four stars
2012-12 11/01/2013 93.03 four stars
2011-12 03/01/2013 89.25 three 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 53-0196600
Name in IRS Master File LEGAL AID SOCIETY OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
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 August, 1942
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
$187,912 2.86% Eric Angel Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia (DC) 97.53 four stars
Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund (VA) 86.26 three stars
Justice in Aging (DC) 98.14 four stars
The Florence Project (AZ) 89.38 three stars
Volunteer Lawyers Network (MN) 87.74 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia
1331 H Street, NW
Suite 350
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 628-1161
fax: (202) 727-2132
EIN: 53-0196600

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Board Leadership

David Dantzic
President

CEO

Eric Angel
Executive Director

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