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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Greater Boston Legal Services

. . . And justice for all

four stars

91.49

197 Friend Street Boston, MA 02114
tel: (800) 323-3205   Web Site
EIN: 04-2103907

Board Leadership
William J. Connolly
President

CEO
Jacquelynne Bowman
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.49 four stars
  Financial 95.15 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 05/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Greater Boston Legal Services' (GBLS) mission is to help poor families and individuals secure some of the most basic necessities of life that have illegally or inappropriately been denied. Clients include: families seeking benefits to avoid destitution; women and children seeking protection against abuse; homeless families seeking emergency shelter and permanent affordable housing; low-income tenants facing inappropriate eviction; elders and people with disabilities seeking inappropriately denied income support and medical benefits; and victims of torture seeking asylum in the U.S. In addition to representing individuals and families, GBLS engages in systemic advocacy to bring about positive change for the poor. GBLS also represents community groups and provides community legal education. Advocates provide advice and represent people in court, before agencies, and before city councils and the state legislature. In 2010, GBLS provided legal assistance to more than 15,000 clients.

Greater Boston Legal Services' (GBLS) mission is to help poor families and individuals secure some of the most basic necessities of life that have illegally or inappropriately been denied. Clients include: families seeking benefits to avoid destitution; women and children seeking protection against abuse; homeless families seeking emergency shelter and permanent affordable housing; low-income tenants facing inappropriate eviction; elders and people with disabilities seeking inappropriately denied income support and medical benefits; and victims of torture seeking asylum in the U.S. In addition to representing individuals and families, GBLS engages in systemic advocacy to bring about positive change for the poor. GBLS also represents community groups and provides community legal education. Advocates provide advice and represent people in court, before agencies, and before city councils and the state legislature. In 2010, GBLS provided legal assistance to more than 15,000 clients.

Financial

four stars

95.15

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 05/01/2021 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)
87.2%
  Administrative Expenses 8.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.35
  Program Expenses Growth 5.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Greater Boston Legal Services on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Greater Boston Legal Services on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Greater Boston Legal Services (MA) 91.49 four stars
Lawyers Alliance for New York (NY) 90.38 four stars
Ayuda (DC) 94.69 four stars
International Senior Lawyers Corporation (NY) 88.55 three stars
Chicago Bar Foundation (IL) 88.43 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $6,368,950
   Federated Campaigns $109,218
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $10,836,819
Total Contributions $17,314,987
   Program Service Revenue $177,668
Total Primary Revenue $17,492,655
   Other Revenue $2,071,588
TOTAL REVENUE $19,564,243
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $13,933,149
   Administrative Expenses $1,340,071
   Fundraising Expenses $629,322
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $15,902,542
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $3,661,701
   
Net Assets $26,540,966

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
Free Civil Legal Assistance $13,933,149 100.0%

Ratings History
Greater Boston Legal Services has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 05/01/2021 91.49 four stars
2018-12 10/01/2019 90.03 four stars
2017-12 03/01/2019 90.48 four stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 92.38 four stars
2015-12 12/01/2016 90.86 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 91.76 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 87.33 three stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 90.49 four stars
2012-12 11/01/2013 83.92 three stars
2011-12 06/01/2013 84.67 three stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 89.19 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 84.29 three 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 04-2103907
Name in IRS Master File GREATER BOSTON LEGAL SERVICES INC
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
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 March, 1933
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
$168,087 1.05% Jacquelynne Bowman Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Greater Boston Legal Services (MA) 91.49 four stars
Inner City Law Center (CA) 93.74 four stars
Chicago Bar Foundation (IL) 88.43 three stars
Western Center on Law & Poverty (CA) 87.78 three stars
Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County (CA) 95.61 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Greater Boston Legal Services
197 Friend Street
Boston, MA 02114
tel: (800) 323-3205
EIN: 04-2103907

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Board Leadership

William J. Connolly
President

CEO

Jacquelynne Bowman
Executive Director

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