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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Legal Aid Society of Cleveland

Home and happiness saved by the legal aid society

four stars

94.51

1223 West 6TH Street Cleveland, OH 44113
tel: (888) 808-2800   Web Site
EIN: 34-0866026

Board Leadership
Michael N. Ungar
President

CEO
Colleen M. Cotter
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.51 four stars
  Financial 96.67 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 04/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Legal Aid Society of Cleveland's mission is to secure justice and resolve fundamental problems for those who are low income and vulnerable by providing high quality legal services and working for systemic solutions. Founded in 1905, Legal Aid is the fifth oldest legal aid organization in the United States. Legal Aid's 40 staff attorneys, 25 other staff members, and 2900 volunteer lawyers ensure access to justice for low income people. Legal Aid has four offices and serves clients in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Lorain counties. Legal Aid represents clients in court and in administrative hearings. We also provide advice and brief assistance. Legal Aid handles cases that impact on basic needs such as health, shelter and safety, economics and education, and access to justice.

Legal Aid Society of Cleveland's mission is to secure justice and resolve fundamental problems for those who are low income and vulnerable by providing high quality legal services and working for systemic solutions. Founded in 1905, Legal Aid is the fifth oldest legal aid organization in the United States. Legal Aid's 40 staff attorneys, 25 other staff members, and 2900 volunteer lawyers ensure access to justice for low income people. Legal Aid has four offices and serves clients in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Lorain counties. Legal Aid represents clients in court and in administrative hearings. We also provide advice and brief assistance. Legal Aid handles cases that impact on basic needs such as health, shelter and safety, economics and education, and access to justice.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2019
Number of clients served
16,710
This impact information is current as of August 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

96.67

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 04/01/2020 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)
81.2%
  Administrative Expenses 11.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.08
  Program Expenses Growth 7.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 8.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Legal Aid Society of Cleveland on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Legal Aid Society of Cleveland on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Constituent Feedback

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Here's how this organization is listening and learning from the people they serve:
How is the organization collecting feedback?
SMS text surveys, Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings or town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email
How is the organization using feedback?
To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback
Describe a recent change in your organization that resulted from feedback.
We launched online intake in response to inquires from the client community
This Constituent Feedback information is provided to us by Candid. At this time, Constituent Feedback information published on this organization's page has no effect on its star rating per our methodology.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Legal Aid Society of Cleveland (OH) 94.51 four stars
Prairie State Legal Services (IL) 91.97 four stars
Chicago Legal Clinic (IL) 88.29 three stars
And Justice for All (UT) 92.09 four stars
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (WA) 92.21 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $5,558,724
   Federated Campaigns $361,609
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $134,940
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $4,087,996
Total Contributions $10,143,269
   Program Service Revenue $16,743
Total Primary Revenue $10,160,012
   Other Revenue $354,824
TOTAL REVENUE $10,514,836
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $7,226,125
   Administrative Expenses $1,013,844
   Fundraising Expenses $712,802
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $8,952,771
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,562,065
   
Net Assets $8,886,801

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
Promoting Education and Economic Stability $2,697,659 37.3%
Safety Against Domestic Violence $2,644,015 36.6%
Securing Housing for People with Low Income $1,884,451 26.1%

Ratings History
Legal Aid Society of Cleveland has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 04/01/2020 94.51 four stars
2017-12 12/21/2018 94.05 four stars
2016-12 06/01/2018 89.33 three stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 86.50 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 86.71 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 80.73 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 34-0866026
Name in IRS Master File LEGAL AID SOCIETY OF CLEVELAND
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 December, 1951
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$165,602 1.84% Colleen Cotter Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Legal Aid Society of Cleveland (OH) 94.51 four stars
Maine Justice Foundation (ME) 89.28 three stars
Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs (DC) 91.06 four stars
Catholic Legal Immigration Network. Inc. (CLINIC) (MD) 94.06 four stars
Pacific Legal Foundation (CA) 93.53 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
1223 West 6TH Street
Cleveland, OH 44113
tel: (888) 808-2800
fax: (216) 586-3220
EIN: 34-0866026

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Board Leadership

Michael N. Ungar
President

CEO

Colleen M. Cotter
Executive Director

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