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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

First Liberty Institute

Restoring Religious Liberty in America

three stars

89.00

2001 West Plano Parkway Suite 1600
Plano, TX 75075
tel: (972) 941-4444   Web Site
EIN: 75-1403169

Board Leadership
Mark Cover
Chair

CEO
Kelly Shackelford
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.00 three stars
  Financial 95.90 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 07/01/2016 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial

four stars

95.90

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 07/01/2016 and includes data from FY2015, 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)
79.4%
  Administrative Expenses 11.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.64
  Program Expenses Growth 35.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by First Liberty Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by First Liberty Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
First Liberty Institute (TX) 89.00 three stars
State Voices (DC) 92.02 four stars
Texas Civil Rights Project (TX) 85.65 three stars
Alliance for Justice (DC) 91.09 four stars
Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law (NY) 90.50 four stars

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Founded in 1972, Liberty Institute is dedicated solely to defending and restoring religious liberty in America. Our mission is to defend and restore religious liberty across America - in our schools, for our churches and throughout the public arena. Through our work in the courts, in the legislature and in the media, Liberty Institute is leading the charge to protect and restore America's first and most important freedom, our freedom of religion.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $8,217,460
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $8,217,460
   Program Service Revenue $20,440
Total Primary Revenue $8,237,900
   Other Revenue $3,892
TOTAL REVENUE $8,241,792
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $6,817,119
   Administrative Expenses $849,048
   Fundraising Expenses $396,307
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $8,062,474
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $179,318
   
Net Assets $4,315,208

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
Legal $4,431,127 65.0%
Education $2,385,992 35.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-06 07/01/2016 89.00 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 88.26 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 85.98 three stars
2013-06 09/01/2014 89.01 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 75-1403169
Name in IRS Master File FIRST LIBERTY INSTITUTE
NTEE Code R40
NTEE Classification Voter Education, Registration
NTEE Type Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
Classification Religious Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (29) Other religious activities
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 July, 1973
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
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  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
  • June, 2012

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
$350,000 4.34% Kelly Shackelford President, CEO

Founded in 1972, Liberty Institute is dedicated solely to defending and restoring religious liberty in America. Our mission is to defend and restore religious liberty across America - in our schools, for our churches and throughout the public arena. Through our work in the courts, in the legislature and in the media, Liberty Institute is leading the charge to protect and restore America's first and most important freedom, our freedom of religion.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
First Liberty Institute (TX) 89.00 three stars
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (NY) 85.56 three stars
Roger Baldwin Foundation of ACLU (IL) 91.69 four stars
Young America's Foundation (VA) 94.30 four stars
Southern Center for Human Rights (GA) 93.37 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

First Liberty Institute
2001 West Plano Parkway
Suite 1600
Plano, TX 75075
tel: (972) 941-4444
fax: (972) 423-6162
EIN: 75-1403169

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Board Leadership

Mark Cover
Chair

CEO

Kelly Shackelford
President, CEO

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