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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

three stars

85.32

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

Board Leadership
Mark Erickson
President

CEO
Kenneth W. Babcock
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 85.32 three stars
  Financial 79.24 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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 37th year of service, PLC's staff of nearly 40 works with more than 1,600 volunteer lawyers, law students and others from throughout the county who volunteer their time and expertise.

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 37th year of service, PLC's staff of nearly 40 works with more than 1,600 volunteer lawyers, law students and others from throughout the county who volunteer their time and expertise.

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Financial

two stars

79.24

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 05/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
73.1%
  Administrative Expenses 19.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.26
  Program Expenses Growth 6.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 45.1%
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) 85.32 three stars
Institute for Free Speech (VA) 97.23 four stars
Public Justice Center (MD) 95.02 four stars
Legal Aid Society of Cleveland (OH) 94.05 four stars
Texas Defender Service (TX) 89.19 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,160,744
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $638,245
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,609,062
Total Contributions $3,408,051
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $3,408,051
   Other Revenue $264,508
TOTAL REVENUE $3,672,559
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,426,643
   Administrative Expenses $685,712
   Fundraising Expenses $190,107
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,302,462
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $370,097
   
Net Assets $758,210

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 $2,426,643 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 05/01/2019 85.32 three stars
2016-12 08/01/2018 81.15 three stars
2016-12 05/01/2018 80.94 three stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 81.48 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 87.84 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 92.36 four stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 92.16 four stars
2012-12 06/01/2014 91.52 four stars
2011-12 11/01/2013 92.75 four stars
2011-12 06/01/2013 89.75 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 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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$177,000 5.35% Kenneth Babcock Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Public Law Center (CA) 85.32 three stars
Texas Defender Service (TX) 89.19 three stars
The Florence Project (AZ) 89.16 three stars
Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (MN) 94.07 four stars
And Justice for All (UT) 92.22 four stars

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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

Mark Erickson
President

CEO

Kenneth W. Babcock
Executive Director

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