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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Greater Boston Legal Services

. . . And justice for all

four stars

90.03

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 90.03 four stars
  Financial 91.18 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 10/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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.

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Financial

four stars

91.18

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 10/01/2019 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)
87.0%
  Administrative Expenses 8.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.18
  Program Expenses Growth 1.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 7.9%
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) 90.03 four stars
Neighborhood Legal Services Association (PA) 92.02 four stars
Prairie State Legal Services (IL) 91.97 four stars
Public Justice Foundation (DC) 86.59 three stars
Alabama Law Foundation (AL) 91.19 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $7,008,790
   Federated Campaigns $198,977
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $9,585,638
Total Contributions $16,793,405
   Program Service Revenue $237,442
Total Primary Revenue $17,030,847
   Other Revenue $186,965
TOTAL REVENUE $17,217,812
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $12,835,767
   Administrative Expenses $1,406,421
   Fundraising Expenses $644,483
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $14,886,671
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $2,331,141
   
Net Assets $22,929,803

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 $12,835,767 100.0%

Ratings History
Greater Boston Legal Services has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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
$162,887 1.09% Jacquelynne Bowman Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Greater Boston Legal Services (MA) 90.03 four stars
Youth Law Center (CA) 86.37 three stars
Legal Aid at Work (CA) 87.89 three stars
Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs (DC) 91.06 four stars
Center for Constitutional Rights (NY) 91.62 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Greater Boston Legal Services
197 Friend Street
Boston, MA 02114
tel: (800) 323-3205
fax: (617) 371-1222
TTY: (617) 371-1228
EIN: 04-2103907

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Board Leadership

William J. Connolly
President

CEO

Jacquelynne Bowman
Executive Director

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