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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Protecting civil rights for all people.

two stars

77.24

100 North LaSalle Street Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60602
tel: (312) 630-9744   Web Site
EIN: 51-0189264

Board Leadership
Lisa S. Meyer
President

CEO
Bonnie Allen
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 77.24 two stars
  Financial 69.76 one star
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. is to promote and protect civil rights, particularly the rights of poor, minority, and disadvantaged people in order to facilitate their participation in the social, economic, and political systems of our nation. We pursue impact litigation that combats discrimination on a macro level, leverage volunteers to respond to individual cases of discrimination, and provide training to the private Bar to assist them in practicing law for the public good. The Chicago Lawyers' Committee does far more than defend individuals' civil rights. We defend the civil rights of groups of people whose rights are most likely to be threatened, while also teaching others to be allies to our cause.

The mission of the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. is to promote and protect civil rights, particularly the rights of poor, minority, and disadvantaged people in order to facilitate their participation in the social, economic, and political systems of our nation. We pursue impact litigation that combats discrimination on a macro level, leverage volunteers to respond to individual cases of discrimination, and provide training to the private Bar to assist them in practicing law for the public good. The Chicago Lawyers' Committee does far more than defend individuals' civil rights. We defend the civil rights of groups of people whose rights are most likely to be threatened, while also teaching others to be allies to our cause.

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Financial

one star

69.76

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

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)
74.3%
  Administrative Expenses 15.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.12
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.23
  Program Expenses Growth 0.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 32.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (IL) 77.24 two stars
Legal Services for Children (CA) 87.55 three stars
Mississippi Center for Justice (MS) 88.75 three stars
Legal Aid Society of Cleveland (OH) 94.51 four stars
Americans for Immigrant Justice (FL) 94.58 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $770,730
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $289,000
   Fundraising Events $276,365
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $429,072
Total Contributions $1,765,167
   Program Service Revenue $154,831
Total Primary Revenue $1,919,998
   Other Revenue $-54,892
TOTAL REVENUE $1,865,106
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,419,491
   Administrative Expenses $365,618
   Fundraising Expenses $210,155
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,995,264
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-130,158
   
Net Assets $488,022

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
Community Law Project $537,077 37.8%
Housing Opportunity Project $361,068 25.4%
Voting Rights Project $303,595 21.4%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 02/01/2020 77.24 two stars
2017-12 12/21/2018 86.04 three stars
2016-12 08/01/2017 91.77 four stars
2015-12 12/01/2016 90.78 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 89.73 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 11/01/2015 89.85 three stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 86.64 three stars
2012-12 02/01/2014 87.92 three stars
2011-12 05/01/2013 73.52 two 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 51-0189264
Name in IRS Master File CHICAGO LAWYERS COMMITTEE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS UNDER LAW INC
NTEE Code I83
NTEE Classification Public Interest Law, Litigation
NTEE Type Crime, Legal-Related
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (460) Public interest litigation activities
(430) Defense of human and civil rights
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 June, 1976
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, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$140,000 7.01% Bonnie Allen Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (IL) 77.24 two stars
Legal Voice (WA) 92.71 four stars
Neighborhood Legal Services Association (PA) 92.02 four stars
Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ME) 92.02 four stars
Center for Children & Youth Justice (WA) 86.17 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
100 North LaSalle Street
Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60602
tel: (312) 630-9744
fax: (312) 630-1127
EIN: 51-0189264

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Board Leadership

Lisa S. Meyer
President

CEO

Bonnie Allen
Executive Director

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