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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

American Center for Law and Justice - District of Columbia

Ensuring the ongoing viability of freedom and liberty in the United States

one star

61.79

P.O. Box 90555 Washington, DC 20090
tel: (800) 342-2255   Web Site
EIN: 52-2042771

CEO
Colby M. May
Director, Senior Counsel

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 61.79 one star
  Financial 77.22 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 51.00 zero star
This rating was published 03/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) and its globally affiliated organizations are committed to ensuring the ongoing viability of freedom and liberty in the United States and around the world. By focusing on U.S. constitutional law, European Union law and human rights law, the ACLJ and its affiliated organizations are dedicated to the concept that freedom and liberty are universal, God-given and inalienable rights that must be protected.

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) and its globally affiliated organizations are committed to ensuring the ongoing viability of freedom and liberty in the United States and around the world. By focusing on U.S. constitutional law, European Union law and human rights law, the ACLJ and its affiliated organizations are dedicated to the concept that freedom and liberty are universal, God-given and inalienable rights that must be protected.

Financial

two stars

77.22

Accountability & Transparency

zero star

51.00

This rating was published 03/01/2020 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)
75.3%
  Administrative Expenses 19.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.11
  Program Expenses Growth -0.7%
  Liabilities to Assets -6.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Center for Law and Justice - District of Columbia on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Center for Law and Justice - District of Columbia on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Center for Law and Justice - District of Columbia (DC) 61.79 one star
Chinese for Affirmative Action (CA) 92.01 four stars
Headwaters Foundation for Social Justice (MN) 88.80 three stars
Community Catalyst (MA) 92.22 four stars
New York Immigration Coalition (NY) 91.37 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $853,796
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $853,796
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $853,796
   Other Revenue $1,022
TOTAL REVENUE $854,818
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $634,445
   Administrative Expenses $170,178
   Fundraising Expenses $39,615
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $844,238
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $10,580
   
Net Assets $98,401

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.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Within the last year, this charity had a CN Advisory removed. Read More

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-03 03/01/2020 61.79 one star
2018-03 11/01/2019 64.35 one star
2017-03 09/01/2018 65.44 one star
2016-03 10/01/2017 59.24 one star
2015-03 06/01/2016 59.26 one star
 
CN 2.0
2015-03 03/01/2016 56.09 one star
2014-03 09/01/2015 55.09 one star
2013-03 06/01/2014 58.66 one star
2012-03 07/01/2013 58.03 one star
2011-03 05/01/2012 54.74 zero star
2010-03 09/20/2011 55.25 one star
 
CN 1.0
2010-03 05/01/2011 71.84 two stars
2009-03 10/01/2010 82.22 three stars

Historical CN Advisories

10/27/2017-11/01/2020: Low Concern Advisory

In accordance with our policy for removing CN Advisories, Charity Navigator removed the Low Concern CN Advisory for the American Center for Law and Justice - District of Columbia on November 1, 2020, because the CN Advisory has been in place for more than a year (since October 27, 2017).

Charity Navigator had published a Low Concern CN Advisory on American Center for Law and Justice - District of Columbia because we became aware of the following information in connection with this charity:

  • On June 27, 2017, The Washington Post investigated the operations of American Center for Law and Justice - District of Columbia, in an article titled, "Trump attorney Jay Sekulow's family has been paid millions from charities they control." For this reason, we have issued a Low Concern CN Advisory. For more information regarding the investigation, please see The Washington Post article.

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 52-2042771
Name in IRS Master File AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE -DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA INC
NTEE Code R20
NTEE Classification Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups
NTEE Type Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(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 December, 1998
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End March
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • March, 2019
  • March, 2017
  • March, 2016
  • March, 2015
  • March, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$232,655 27.55% Colby M. May President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Center for Law and Justice - District of Columbia (DC) 61.79 one star
National Iranian American Council (DC) 86.92 three stars
New York Immigration Coalition (NY) 91.37 four stars
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Charity Contact Info

American Center for Law and Justice - District of Columbia
P.O. Box 90555
Washington, DC 20090
tel: (800) 342-2255
EIN: 52-2042771

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CEO

Colby M. May
Director, Senior Counsel

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