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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Equal Justice Initiative

Committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States

four stars

100.00

122 Commerce Street Montgomery, AL 36104
tel: (334) 269-1803   Web Site
EIN: 63-1135091

Board Leadership
Jerome Gray
Chairman

CEO
Bryan Stevenson
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 100.00 four stars
  Financial 100.00 four 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.

EJI is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.

Founded in 1989 by Bryan Stevenson, a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer and bestselling author of Just Mercy, EJI provides legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons. We challenge the death penalty and excessive punishment and we provide re-entry assistance to formerly incarcerated people.

EJI works with communities that have been marginalized by poverty and discouraged by unequal treatment. We are committed to changing the narrative about race in America. In 2018, EJI plans to build a national memorial to victims of lynching and open a museum that explores African American history from enslavement to mass incarceration.

EJI is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.

Founded in 1989 by Bryan Stevenson, a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer and bestselling author of Just Mercy, EJI provides legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons. We challenge the death penalty and excessive punishment and we provide re-entry assistance to formerly incarcerated people.

EJI works with communities that have been marginalized by poverty and discouraged by unequal treatment. We are committed to changing the narrative about race in America. In 2018, EJI plans to build a national memorial to victims of lynching and open a museum that explores African American history from enslavement to mass incarceration.

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Financial

four stars

100.00

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)
91.2%
  Administrative Expenses 6.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 9.30
  Program Expenses Growth 54.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Equal Justice Initiative on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Equal Justice Initiative on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Equal Justice Initiative (AL) 100.00 four stars
Legal Aid Society of Cleveland (OH) 94.05 four stars
Legal Aid of Western Missouri (MO) 86.16 three stars
Administer Justice (IL) 86.67 three stars
Education Law Center (NJ) 85.06 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $36,703,750
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $799,749
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $37,503,499
   Program Service Revenue $2,903,445
Total Primary Revenue $40,406,944
   Other Revenue $1,058,368
TOTAL REVENUE $41,465,312
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $14,655,228
   Administrative Expenses $861,737
   Fundraising Expenses $349,999
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $15,866,964
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $25,598,348
   
Net Assets $82,754,407

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.

Ratings History
Equal Justice Initiative has received 7 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-09 09/03/2019 100.00 four stars
2017-09 09/01/2018 100.00 four stars
2016-09 02/01/2018 100.00 four stars
2015-09 04/01/2017 100.00 four stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 100.00 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 11/01/2015 93.36 four stars
2013-09 10/01/2014 99.40 four stars
2012-09 06/01/2013 99.24 four stars
2012-09 05/01/2013 97.07 four stars
2011-09 12/01/2012 80.89 three stars
2010-09 08/01/2012 80.32 three stars
2010-09 06/01/2012 67.12 one star

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

EIN 63-1135091
Name in IRS Master File EQUAL JUSTICE INITIATIVE
NTEE Code R63
NTEE Classification Censorship, Freedom of Speech and Press Issues
NTEE Type Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (995) Described in section 509(a)(2) of the Code
(462) Legal aid to indigents
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 April, 1995
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, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
Not compensated -- Bryan Stevenson Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$56,088 0.35% Eva Ansley Secretary, Treasurer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Equal Justice Initiative (AL) 100.00 four stars
Legal Aid Justice Center (VA) 89.86 three stars
Virginia Legal Aid Society (VA) 86.00 three stars
And Justice for All (UT) 92.22 four stars
Bet Tzedek (CA) 91.17 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Equal Justice Initiative
122 Commerce Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
tel: (334) 269-1803
fax: (334) 269-1806
EIN: 63-1135091

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Board Leadership

Jerome Gray
Chairman

CEO

Bryan Stevenson
Executive Director

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