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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

CARPLS

Everyday Justice for Everyday People

four stars

94.39

17 North State Street Suite 1850
Chicago, IL 60602
tel: (312) 421-4014   Web Site
EIN: 36-3863573

Board Leadership
David B. H. Williams
President

CEO
Allen C. Schwartz
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.39 four stars
  Financial 93.16 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Established in 1993, CARPLS is an innovative legal aid service that offers an immediate response to the everyday problems confronting low- and moderate-income residents of Cook County, IL. CARPLS' free hotline and court-based advice desks give individuals direct access to experienced attorneys who are trained to quickly assess and respond to a wide range of civil legal problems. CARPLS attorneys resolve over 85% of all cases in-house by providing information, advice and brief services including the preparation and review of legal documents. CARPLS' unique "legal triage" system serves as a model for legal aid communities across the country and has increased access to justice by dramatically reducing the cost of legal aid services to the poor.

Established in 1993, CARPLS is an innovative legal aid service that offers an immediate response to the everyday problems confronting low- and moderate-income residents of Cook County, IL. CARPLS' free hotline and court-based advice desks give individuals direct access to experienced attorneys who are trained to quickly assess and respond to a wide range of civil legal problems. CARPLS attorneys resolve over 85% of all cases in-house by providing information, advice and brief services including the preparation and review of legal documents. CARPLS' unique "legal triage" system serves as a model for legal aid communities across the country and has increased access to justice by dramatically reducing the cost of legal aid services to the poor.

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Financial

four stars

93.16

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 08/01/2019 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)
86.3%
  Administrative Expenses 4.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.86
  Program Expenses Growth 5.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by CARPLS on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by CARPLS on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
CARPLS (IL) 94.39 four stars
Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program (TX) 86.33 three stars
Centro Legal De La Raza (CA) 92.22 four stars
Prairie State Legal Services (IL) 93.00 four stars
The Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center (CA) 91.93 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,024,613
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $538,307
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $737,306
Total Contributions $2,300,226
   Program Service Revenue $13,796
Total Primary Revenue $2,314,022
   Other Revenue $-74,394
TOTAL REVENUE $2,239,628
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,070,607
   Administrative Expenses $113,293
   Fundraising Expenses $202,127
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,386,027
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-146,399
   
Net Assets $1,900,465

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
Pro Bono Legal Advice and Referrals $2,070,607 100.0%

Ratings History
CARPLS has received 4 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 08/01/2019 94.39 four stars
2017-06 08/01/2018 90.17 four stars
2016-06 08/01/2017 91.05 four stars
2015-06 10/01/2016 91.70 four stars
2014-06 09/01/2016 89.50 three stars
2014-06 08/01/2016 87.74 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 86.19 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 36-3863573
Name in IRS Master File COORDINATED ADVICE AND REFERRAL PROGRAM FOR LEGAL SERVICES
NTEE Code P99
NTEE Classification Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C.
NTEE Type Human Services - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (125) Giving information or opinion (see also Advocacy)
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 April, 1993
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
$113,540 4.75% Allen Schwartz Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
CARPLS (IL) 94.39 four stars
Legal Action Center of the City of New York (NY) 86.67 three stars
Capital Area Immigrants Rights Coalition (DC) 93.98 four stars
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NY) 90.74 four stars
National Consumer Law Center (MA) 90.64 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

CARPLS
17 North State Street
Suite 1850
Chicago, IL 60602
tel: (312) 421-4014
EIN: 36-3863573

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Board Leadership

David B. H. Williams
President

CEO

Allen C. Schwartz
Executive Director

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