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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.

three stars

86.04

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 86.04 three stars
  Financial 83.61 three 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.

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

three stars

83.61

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)
76.9%
  Administrative Expenses 13.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.12
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.30
  Program Expenses Growth 3.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 14.1%
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.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (IL) 86.04 three stars
Tahirih Justice Center (VA) 88.40 three stars
Bet Tzedek (CA) 91.17 four stars
Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT) (NY) 86.20 three stars
The Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center (CA) 91.93 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $791,713
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $284,250
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $479,135
Total Contributions $1,555,098
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $1,555,098
   Other Revenue $472,057
TOTAL REVENUE $2,027,155
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,573,198
   Administrative Expenses $327,668
   Fundraising Expenses $200,514
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,101,380
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-74,225
   
Net Assets $618,180

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 $545,868 34.7%
Housing Opportunity Project $446,734 28.4%
Educational Equity Project $292,915 18.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$127,200 6.05% Bonnie Allen Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (IL) 86.04 three stars
Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (MN) 95.32 four stars
National Consumer Law Center (MA) 90.64 four stars
And Justice for All (UT) 92.22 four stars
Tahirih Justice Center (VA) 88.40 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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