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Legal Services for Children

Advancing the rights of youth since 1975

three stars

89.89

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 89.89 three stars
  Financial 90.88 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 12/21/2018 and includes data from FY2017, 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.

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Financial

four stars

90.88

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 12/21/2018 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
80.7%
  Administrative Expenses 8.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.94
  Program Expenses Growth 7.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.5%
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) 89.89 three stars
Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund (VA) 87.54 three stars
Support Center for Child Advocates (PA) 91.30 four stars
Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law (DC) 88.22 three stars
Public Justice Center (MD) 95.02 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,199,179
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $228,123
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,130,736
Total Contributions $2,558,038
   Program Service Revenue $124,840
Total Primary Revenue $2,682,878
   Other Revenue $25,812
TOTAL REVENUE $2,708,690
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,033,910
   Administrative Expenses $208,097
   Fundraising Expenses $299,481
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,541,488
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $167,202
   
Net Assets $2,292,936

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 $1,057,641 52.0%
Guardianship $671,185 33.0%
Education $305,084 15.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$96,290 3.78% Abigail Trillin Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Legal Services for Children (CA) 89.89 three stars
Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County (CA) 89.37 three stars
Volunteer Lawyers Network (MN) 87.74 three stars
Texas Defender Service (TX) 88.17 three stars
Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (MN) 95.32 four 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

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Board Leadership

Ann Alpers
Chair

CEO

Abigail Trillin
Executive Director

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