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D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center

The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center transforms lives by providing free legal help through volunteer lawyers.

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four stars

93.74

1101 K Street, NW Suite 200
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 737-4700   Web Site
EIN: 52-1574217

Board Leadership
Amy L. Bess
Chair

CEO
Rebecca K. Troth
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 93.74 four stars
  Financial 92.11 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center recruits, trains and mobilizes volunteer attorneys to take pro bono cases serving individuals living in poverty who are at risk of losing their homes, their livelihoods, and their families. The Center also helps small businesses and community-based non-profits needing legal help. Last year, the Pro Bono Center touched the lives of nearly 17,000 D.C. residents.

The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center recruits, trains and mobilizes volunteer attorneys to take pro bono cases serving individuals living in poverty who are at risk of losing their homes, their livelihoods, and their families. The Center also helps small businesses and community-based non-profits needing legal help. Last year, the Pro Bono Center touched the lives of nearly 17,000 D.C. residents.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
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Total in 2018
Number of individuals placed with pro bono counsel for full representation
373
Number of attorneys and legal assistants trained
609
Number of clients served at legal advice clinics
1,583
Number of customers served at resource centers
5,324
Number of nonprofits matched with pro bono counsel
72
Number of small businesses assisted at legal advice clinics
427
Number of calls to legal information help line received
12,918
This impact information is current as of July 2019, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

92.11

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 09/01/2018 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)
78.7%
  Administrative Expenses 11.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.21
  Program Expenses Growth 1.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 7.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center (DC) 93.74 four stars
Immigrant Legal Resource Center (CA) 92.02 four stars
Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT) (NY) 86.20 three stars
Institute for Free Speech (VA) 97.23 four stars
Justice in Aging (DC) 99.51 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,080,902
   Federated Campaigns $19,347
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $967,339
   Related Organizations $22,000
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $3,089,588
   Program Service Revenue $21,185
Total Primary Revenue $3,110,773
   Other Revenue $71,275
TOTAL REVENUE $3,182,048
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,252,336
   Administrative Expenses $261,723
   Fundraising Expenses $310,813
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,824,873
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $357,175
   
Net Assets $3,409,268

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
Legal Assistance for Low-Income Individuals $1,118,672 49.7%
Nonprofit and Small Business Legal Assistance Programs $551,369 24.5%
Outreach Services $49,393 2.2%

Ratings History
D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-06 09/01/2018 93.74 four stars
2016-06 08/01/2017 93.94 four stars
2015-06 10/01/2016 90.25 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 89.21 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 87.08 three stars
2013-06 08/01/2014 94.03 four stars
2012-06 08/01/2013 94.10 four stars
2011-06 06/01/2012 93.85 four stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 92.10 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 08/01/2010 98.02 four stars
2008-06 08/01/2009 97.87 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 52-1574217
Name in IRS Master File DC BAR PRO BONO CENTER
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 (569) Referral service (social agencies)
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 September, 1989
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
$188,734 6.68% Monika Varma Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center (DC) 93.74 four stars
Western Center on Law & Poverty (CA) 88.05 three stars
Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program (TX) 86.33 three stars
Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County (CA) 89.37 three stars
Capital Area Immigrants Rights Coalition (DC) 93.98 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center
1101 K Street, NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 737-4700
EIN: 52-1574217

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Board Leadership

Amy L. Bess
Chair

CEO

Rebecca K. Troth
Executive Director

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