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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Public Law Center

Providing Access to Justice For Orange County's Low Income Residents

87.84

601 Civic Center Drive West Santa Ana, CA 92701
tel: (714) 541-1010   Web Site
EIN: 95-3709253

Board Leadership
Julie M. McCoy
President

CEO
Kenneth W. Babcock
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.84
  Financial * 83.28
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00
*Please note that this organization recently received a 4-star rating for the same fiscal period under Charity Navigator's previous 2.0 methodology. You can view that rating via the Historical Ratings tab.
This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial *

83.28

Accountability & Transparency

96.00

*Please note that this organization recently received a 4-star rating for the same fiscal period under Charity Navigator's previous 2.0 methodology. You can view that rating via the Historical Ratings tab.
This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, 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)
79.0%
  Administrative Expenses 13.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.13
  Program Expenses Growth 14.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 64.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Public Law Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Public Law Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Public Law Center (CA) 87.84
Prairie State Legal Services (IL) 93.91
Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (MN) 93.08
International Senior Lawyers Corporation (NY) 86.55
Administer Justice (IL) 94.28

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The Public Law Center, Orange County's pro bono law firm, is committed to providing access to justice for low income residents. Through volunteers and staff, the Public Law Center provides free civil legal services, including counseling, individual representation, community education, and strategic litigation and advocacy to challenge societal injustices. Now in its 32nd year of service, PLC works with more than 1,000 volunteer lawyers, law students and others from throughout the county who volunteer their time and expertise.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,485,744
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $651,674
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $497,132
Total Contributions $2,634,550
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $2,634,550
   Other Revenue $-37,250
TOTAL REVENUE $2,597,300
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,215,741
   Administrative Expenses $356,143
   Fundraising Expenses $183,739
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,755,623
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-158,323
   
Net Assets $344,894

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 Legal Services $2,215,741 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2014-12 06/01/2016 87.84
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 92.36
2013-12 05/01/2015 92.16
2012-12 06/01/2014 91.52
2011-12 11/01/2013 92.75
2011-12 06/01/2013 89.75

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

EIN 95-3709253
Name in IRS Master File PUBLIC LAW CENTER
NTEE Code I80
NTEE Classification Legal Services
NTEE Type Crime, Legal-Related
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (320) Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc.
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, 1985
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, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011
  • December, 2010

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

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$168,110 6.10% Kenneth Babcock Executive Director

The Public Law Center, Orange County's pro bono law firm, is committed to providing access to justice for low income residents. Through volunteers and staff, the Public Law Center provides free civil legal services, including counseling, individual representation, community education, and strategic litigation and advocacy to challenge societal injustices. Now in its 32nd year of service, PLC works with more than 1,000 volunteer lawyers, law students and others from throughout the county who volunteer their time and expertise.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Public Law Center (CA) 87.84
Administer Justice (IL) 94.28
Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (PA) 91.10
Western Center on Law & Poverty (CA) 87.04
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (WA) 91.42

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Charity Contact Info

Public Law Center
601 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
tel: (714) 541-1010
fax: (714) 541-5157
EIN: 95-3709253

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Board Leadership

Julie M. McCoy
President

CEO

Kenneth W. Babcock
Executive Director

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