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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Volunteer Lawyers Network

Providing free civil legal services to low-income persons through volunteer attorneys

four stars

90.16

600 Nicollet Mall Suite 390A
Minneapolis, MN 55402
tel: (612) 752-6655   Web Site
EIN: 41-0988459

Board Leadership
Rachel Hughey
Chair

CEO
Tom Walsh
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.16 four stars
  Financial 88.63 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00 four stars
This rating was published 11/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Established in 1966, Volunteer Lawyers Network (VLN) provides free civil legal services to low-income persons through volunteer attorneys. In short, VLN engages the vast human resources of the private bar in addressing some of the most pressing legal issues facing struggling individuals and families in our community. Our volunteer attorneys preserve and protect the rights of the most vulnerable among us.

Established in 1966, Volunteer Lawyers Network (VLN) provides free civil legal services to low-income persons through volunteer attorneys. In short, VLN engages the vast human resources of the private bar in addressing some of the most pressing legal issues facing struggling individuals and families in our community. Our volunteer attorneys preserve and protect the rights of the most vulnerable among us.

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Financial

three stars

88.63

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

92.00

This rating was published 11/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
79.9%
  Administrative Expenses 13.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.78
  Program Expenses Growth 2.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 7.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Volunteer Lawyers Network on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Volunteer Lawyers Network on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Volunteer Lawyers Network (MN) 90.16 four stars
Equal Justice Initiative (AL) 100.00 four stars
Justice in Aging (DC) 98.14 four stars
Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT) (NY) 93.29 four stars
Legal Action Center of the City of New York (NY) 90.64 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $751,196
   Federated Campaigns $65,121
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $172,961
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $413,476
Total Contributions $1,402,754
   Program Service Revenue $3,759
Total Primary Revenue $1,406,513
   Other Revenue $-18,268
TOTAL REVENUE $1,388,245
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,038,723
   Administrative Expenses $186,271
   Fundraising Expenses $78,862
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,303,856
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $84,389
   
Net Assets $989,182

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 Services $1,038,723 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 11/01/2020 90.16 four stars
2018-06 08/01/2019 87.74 three stars
2017-06 07/01/2018 87.45 three stars
2016-06 12/01/2017 88.24 three stars
2015-06 11/01/2016 88.92 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 88.35 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 87.34 three stars
2013-06 11/01/2014 87.21 three stars
2012-06 03/01/2014 85.27 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 41-0988459
Name in IRS Master File VOLUNTEER LAWYERS NETWORK
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (430) Defense of human and civil rights
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 June, 1966
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$81,315 6.23% Thomas Walsh Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Volunteer Lawyers Network (MN) 90.16 four stars
Public Counsel (CA) 90.34 four stars
Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia (DC) 95.95 four stars
Equal Justice Initiative (AL) 100.00 four stars
National Consumer Law Center (MA) 92.47 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Volunteer Lawyers Network
600 Nicollet Mall
Suite 390A
Minneapolis, MN 55402
tel: (612) 752-6655
fax: (612) 752-6656
EIN: 41-0988459

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Board Leadership

Rachel Hughey
Chair

CEO

Tom Walsh
Executive Director

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