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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT)

Justice for all. One family at a time.

four stars

93.29

32 Court Street Suite 1208
Brooklyn, NY 11201
tel: (646) 613-9633   Web Site
EIN: 13-3910567

Board Leadership
Gabriella Nawi
Chair

CEO
Cathy Cramer
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 93.29 four stars
  Financial 90.52 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT) is to enhance access to justice for children and families by providing legal information, community education, and compassionate guidance, while promoting system-wide reform of the courts and public agencies. LIFT was launched in 1996 when three lawyers had the simple but revolutionary idea of establishing go-to locations in New York City's Family Courts that would provide on-the-spot help and legal information for vulnerable families struggling to make their way through the complex Court system. Before LIFT, there was no source of information or guidance available, and families were left to fend for themselves in a confusing and intimidating Court system. Today, LIFT operates innovative, award-winning programs in the Family Courts and in the community, all of which share the goal of promoting positive outcomes for families and children.

The mission of Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT) is to enhance access to justice for children and families by providing legal information, community education, and compassionate guidance, while promoting system-wide reform of the courts and public agencies. LIFT was launched in 1996 when three lawyers had the simple but revolutionary idea of establishing go-to locations in New York City's Family Courts that would provide on-the-spot help and legal information for vulnerable families struggling to make their way through the complex Court system. Before LIFT, there was no source of information or guidance available, and families were left to fend for themselves in a confusing and intimidating Court system. Today, LIFT operates innovative, award-winning programs in the Family Courts and in the community, all of which share the goal of promoting positive outcomes for families and children.

Financial

four stars

90.52

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 02/01/2021 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)
78.1%
  Administrative Expenses 7.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 14.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.12
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.87
  Program Expenses Growth 10.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT) on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT) on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Constituent Feedback

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Here's how this organization is listening and learning from the people they serve:
How is the organization collecting feedback?
Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc), Paper surveys, Case management notes, Community meetings or town halls, Suggestion box/email
How is the organization using feedback?
To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback
Describe a recent change in your organization that resulted from feedback.
Before we added legal advice to our portfolio in 2017, LIFT was providing legal information, which entails explaining to a participant what their options are, but not advising them on what they should do (LIFT continues to provide legal information through our Helplines and EI Sites) Based on frequent requests from the self-represented litigants LIFT serves, we determined that our in-depth Consultations should include legal advice, in which the lawyer recommends that the client select a specific course of action that will best help them achieve their legal goals
This Constituent Feedback information is provided to us by Candid. At this time, Constituent Feedback information published on this organization's page has no effect on its star rating per our methodology.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT) (NY) 93.29 four stars
Pisgah Legal Services (NC) 95.85 four stars
Greater Boston Legal Services (MA) 91.49 four stars
Public Justice Center (MD) 94.14 four stars
Youth Law Center (CA) 88.30 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $434,630
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $471,144
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,529,805
Total Contributions $2,435,579
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $2,435,579
   Other Revenue $14,102
TOTAL REVENUE $2,449,681
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,668,203
   Administrative Expenses $179,610
   Fundraising Expenses $290,551
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,138,364
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $311,317
   
Net Assets $1,771,221

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
Court Consultations $563,206 33.8%
Family Law Information Hotlines $357,785 21.4%
Legal Resource Guide $271,245 16.3%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-09 02/01/2021 93.29 four stars
2018-09 09/03/2019 89.59 three stars
2017-09 08/01/2018 86.20 three stars
2016-09 11/01/2017 86.87 three stars
2015-09 11/01/2016 84.84 three stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 85.79 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 12/01/2015 78.65 two stars
2013-09 12/01/2014 78.77 two stars
2012-09 10/01/2013 95.13 four stars
2011-09 06/01/2013 96.97 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 13-3910567
Name in IRS Master File LEGAL INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES TODAY
NTEE Code P60
NTEE Classification Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
NTEE Type Human Services - Multipurpose and Other
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
(560) Supplying money, goods or services to the poor
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 August, 1997
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • September, 2018
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$177,049 8.27% Cathy Cramer CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT) (NY) 93.29 four stars
Maine Justice Foundation (ME) 91.86 four stars
Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ME) 96.42 four stars
Public Justice Foundation (DC) 86.59 three stars
Her Justice (NY) 92.91 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT)
32 Court Street
Suite 1208
Brooklyn, NY 11201
tel: (646) 613-9633
fax: (646) 613-9632
EIN: 13-3910567

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Board Leadership

Gabriella Nawi
Chair

CEO

Cathy Cramer
Chief Executive Officer

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