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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education (Grantmaking)

Maine Justice Foundation

Because fairness matters

three stars

88.87

40 Water Street Hallowell, ME 04347
tel: (207) 622-3477   Web Site
EIN: 22-2559133

Board Leadership
William D. Robitzek
President

CEO
Diana Scully
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.87 three stars
  Financial 84.78 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Maine Justice Foundation is dedicated to ensuring access to civil justice for poor and vulnerable Mainers by providing charitable investment opportunities for individuals, families and organizations, as well as grants to support civil legal aid and other law-related program initiatives, education and services. The Maine Justice Foundation provides important funds to multiple civil legal aid programs throughout Maine and the more than 19,000 clients they serve each year. In 1983, leaders of the Maine State Bar Association and the University of Maine School of Law, with wisdom and foresight, created the Maine Bar Foundation, which is today's Maine Justice Foundation. They recognized that low-income Mainers involved in civil matters like disputes with landlords or serious child custody issues could not afford legal representation. The complexity of legal proceedings had tipped the scale in favor of those who could afford to hire a lawyer.

The Maine Justice Foundation is dedicated to ensuring access to civil justice for poor and vulnerable Mainers by providing charitable investment opportunities for individuals, families and organizations, as well as grants to support civil legal aid and other law-related program initiatives, education and services. The Maine Justice Foundation provides important funds to multiple civil legal aid programs throughout Maine and the more than 19,000 clients they serve each year. In 1983, leaders of the Maine State Bar Association and the University of Maine School of Law, with wisdom and foresight, created the Maine Bar Foundation, which is today's Maine Justice Foundation. They recognized that low-income Mainers involved in civil matters like disputes with landlords or serious child custody issues could not afford legal representation. The complexity of legal proceedings had tipped the scale in favor of those who could afford to hire a lawyer.

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Financial

three stars

84.78

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

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)
74.4%
  Administrative Expenses 17.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.70
  Program Expenses Growth 0.8%
  Liabilities to Assets < 0.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Maine Justice Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Maine Justice Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Maine Justice Foundation (ME) 88.87 three stars
Neighborhood Legal Services Association (PA) 86.50 three stars
New York Legal Assistance Group Incorporated (NY) 92.02 four stars
Chicago Legal Clinic (IL) 88.29 three stars
And Justice for All (UT) 92.22 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,031,174
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $734,698
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,765,872
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $1,765,872
   Other Revenue $224,302
TOTAL REVENUE $1,990,174
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,505,105
   Administrative Expenses $328,478
   Fundraising Expenses $162,133
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,995,716
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-5,542
   
Net Assets $5,914,852

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 to Low Income Individuals $1,505,105 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-09 08/01/2018 88.87 three stars
2016-09 11/01/2017 87.23 three stars
2015-09 04/01/2017 90.74 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 22-2559133
Name in IRS Master File MAINE JUSTICE FOUNDATION
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 (462) Legal aid to indigents
(40) Scholarships (other)
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 December, 1984
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
$89,222 4.47% Diana C. Scully Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Maine Justice Foundation (ME) 88.87 three stars
Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County (CA) 89.37 three stars
Public Law Center (CA) 85.32 three stars
Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia (DC) 99.46 four stars
Equal Justice Initiative (AL) 100.00 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Maine Justice Foundation
40 Water Street
Hallowell, ME 04347
tel: (207) 622-3477
EIN: 22-2559133

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Board Leadership

William D. Robitzek
President

CEO

Diana Scully
Executive Director

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