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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services

Because equal access to justice is everyone's fight

three stars

82.20

33 North Dearborn Street Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60602
tel: (312) 332-1624   Web Site
EIN: 23-7164989

Board Leadership
Kimberly M. Halvorsen
President

CEO
Margaret Benson
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 82.20 three stars
  Financial 75.83 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1970, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS) works to coordinate, support and promote the voluntary pro bono legal representation of the Chicago area's poor and working poor. CVLS is an organization of over 3,000 volunteer attorneys who donate free legal services to thousands of low-income Chicagoans annually. At only $109 per case, CVLS is unique in its ability to offer a wide range of totally free legal services to the poor and working poor of Chicago.

Founded in 1970, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS) works to coordinate, support and promote the voluntary pro bono legal representation of the Chicago area's poor and working poor. CVLS is an organization of over 3,000 volunteer attorneys who donate free legal services to thousands of low-income Chicagoans annually. At only $109 per case, CVLS is unique in its ability to offer a wide range of totally free legal services to the poor and working poor of Chicago.

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Financial

two stars

75.83

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 08/01/2018 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)
78.2%
  Administrative Expenses 19.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 1.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.02
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.32
  Program Expenses Growth -1.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 35.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Chicago Volunteer Legal Services on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Chicago Volunteer Legal Services on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (IL) 82.20 three stars
Mental Health Advocacy Services (CA) 86.58 three stars
South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc. (MA) 87.14 three stars
Public Justice Center (MD) 95.02 four stars
Institute for Free Speech (VA) 97.23 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,746,567
   Federated Campaigns $213
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $11,500
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,758,280
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $1,758,280
   Other Revenue $304,273
TOTAL REVENUE $2,062,553
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,918,721
   Administrative Expenses $529,244
   Fundraising Expenses $55,207
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,503,172
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-440,619
   
Net Assets $1,149,938

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
Mediation Program $414,228 21.6%
Domestic Relations Family Law $320,447 16.7%
Guardian At Litem Services $293,244 15.3%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-06 08/01/2018 82.20 three stars
2016-06 10/01/2017 84.59 three stars
2015-06 07/01/2016 90.21 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 91.53 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 09/01/2015 89.47 three stars
2013-06 10/01/2014 94.45 four 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 23-7164989
Name in IRS Master File CHICAGO VOLUNTEER LEGAL SERVICES FOUNDATION
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 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 March, 1972
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, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$163,748 6.54% Margaret C. Benson Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (IL) 82.20 three stars
Neighborhood Legal Services Association (PA) 86.50 three stars
Institute for Free Speech (VA) 97.23 four stars
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NY) 90.74 four stars
Mental Health Advocacy Services (CA) 86.58 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
33 North Dearborn Street
Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60602
tel: (312) 332-1624
fax: (312) 332-1460
EIN: 23-7164989

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Board Leadership

Kimberly M. Halvorsen
President

CEO

Margaret Benson
Executive Director

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