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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Legal Services for Children

Advancing the rights of youth since 1975

three stars

88.79

1254 Market Street 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102
tel: (415) 863-3762   Web Site
EIN: 51-0169463

Board Leadership
Ann Alpers
Chair

CEO
Abigail Trillin
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.79 three stars
  Financial 88.59 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Legal Services for Children (LSC) was founded in 1975 as one of the first non-profit law firms in the country to provide free legal representation and social work services to children and youth. LSC's mission is to ensure that all children and youth in San Francisco Bay Area have an opportunity to be raised in a safe environment with equal access to a meaningful education and the services and supports they need to become healthy and productive young adults. LSC pioneered a unique interdisciplinary approach to legal services, employing teams of attorneys and social workers to comprehensively meet the needs of our clients. We represent children and youth in cases that include legal guardianship, dependency, school discipline, immigration, emancipation, and restraining order proceedings.

Legal Services for Children (LSC) was founded in 1975 as one of the first non-profit law firms in the country to provide free legal representation and social work services to children and youth. LSC's mission is to ensure that all children and youth in San Francisco Bay Area have an opportunity to be raised in a safe environment with equal access to a meaningful education and the services and supports they need to become healthy and productive young adults. LSC pioneered a unique interdisciplinary approach to legal services, employing teams of attorneys and social workers to comprehensively meet the needs of our clients. We represent children and youth in cases that include legal guardianship, dependency, school discipline, immigration, emancipation, and restraining order proceedings.

Financial

three stars

88.59

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 02/01/2021 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)
79.7%
  Administrative Expenses 7.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 12.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.11
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.15
  Program Expenses Growth 5.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Legal Services for Children on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Legal Services for Children on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Legal Services for Children (CA) 88.79 three stars
Transgender Law Center (CA) 92.20 four stars
National Immigration Law Center (CA) 98.84 four stars
Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia (DC) 95.95 four stars
Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs (DC) 91.06 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,662,390
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $323,842
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,415,521
Total Contributions $3,401,753
   Program Service Revenue $120,104
Total Primary Revenue $3,521,857
   Other Revenue $20,402
TOTAL REVENUE $3,542,259
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,201,874
   Administrative Expenses $206,133
   Fundraising Expenses $379,765
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,787,772
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $754,487
   
Net Assets $3,104,782

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
Immigration Legal Services $1,207,502 54.8%
Guardianship and Dependency $603,757 27.4%
Educational Advocacy $390,615 17.7%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 02/01/2021 88.79 three stars
2018-06 09/03/2019 87.55 three stars
2017-06 12/21/2018 89.89 three stars
2016-06 07/01/2017 88.87 three stars
2015-06 07/01/2016 87.42 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 85.95 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 09/01/2015 85.44 three stars
2013-06 07/01/2014 80.72 three stars
2012-06 06/01/2013 94.27 four stars
2011-06 05/01/2012 90.26 four stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 87.81 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 07/01/2011 82.32 three stars
2009-06 08/01/2010 87.50 three stars
2008-06 10/01/2009 93.71 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 51-0169463
Name in IRS Master File LEGAL SERVICES FOR CHILDREN INC
NTEE Code I82
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 (460) Public interest litigation activities
(462) Legal aid to indigents
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, 1975
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$108,938 3.90% Abigail Trillin Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Legal Services for Children (CA) 88.79 three stars
National Center for Law and Economic Justice (NY) 86.98 three stars
Support Center for Child Advocates (PA) 91.30 four stars
Inner City Law Center (CA) 93.74 four stars
Cabrini-Green Legal Aid (IL) 89.42 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Legal Services for Children
1254 Market Street
3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102
tel: (415) 863-3762
fax: (415) 863-7708
EIN: 51-0169463

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 426860
Fox Plaza Post Office
San Francisco, CA 94142

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Board Leadership

Ann Alpers
Chair

CEO

Abigail Trillin
Executive Director

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