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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.

three stars

89.59

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

Board Leadership
William C. Silverman
Chair

CEO
Cathy Cramer
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.59 three stars
  Financial 85.28 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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.

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Financial

three stars

85.28

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 09/03/2019 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)
77.0%
  Administrative Expenses 7.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 15.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.14
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.78
  Program Expenses Growth 7.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 7.4%
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 Voice

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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
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Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT) (NY) 89.59 three stars
Virginia Legal Aid Society (VA) 86.00 three stars
Legal Voice (WA) 93.79 four stars
Pisgah Legal Services (NC) 94.08 four stars
National Consumer Law Center (MA) 92.47 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $439,308
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $423,779
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,529,249
Total Contributions $2,392,336
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $2,392,336
   Other Revenue $22,790
TOTAL REVENUE $2,415,126
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,666,521
   Administrative Expenses $144,301
   Fundraising Expenses $294,943
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,105,765
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $309,361
   
Net Assets $1,459,904

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 $724,446 43.5%
Family Law Information Hotlines $331,718 19.9%
Workshops and Community Outreach $247,322 14.8%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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)
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  • September, 2018
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$153,017 7.26% Cathy Cramer Chief Executive Officer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT) (NY) 89.59 three stars
Texas Defender Service (TX) 89.19 three stars
Legal Aid Justice Center (VA) 89.86 three stars
Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia (DC) 97.53 four stars
Institute for Free Speech (DC) 97.23 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

William C. Silverman
Chair

CEO

Cathy Cramer
Chief Executive Officer

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