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Pisgah Legal Services

Pursuing justice for low-income people in Western North Carolina

four stars

95.85

62 Charlotte Street Asheville, NC 28801
tel: (800) 489-6144   Web Site
EIN: 56-1191115

Board Leadership
Bill Wolcott
President

CEO
Jim Barrett
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 95.85 four stars
  Financial 95.72 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Pisgah Legal Services seeks to pursue justice by providing legal assistance and advocacy to help low-income people in Western North Carolina meet their basic needs and improve their lives. Pisgah Legal Services is an innovative nonprofit law firm founded in 1978 that provides free civil legal aid to people who live in poverty, helps the most vulnerable people in our communities annually to meet urgent needs, partners with dozens of other agencies to make sustainable change for people in crisis, coordinates the services of pro bono attorneys in Western North Carolina, and improves systems and policies that impact the lives of thousands of low-income people.

Pisgah Legal Services seeks to pursue justice by providing legal assistance and advocacy to help low-income people in Western North Carolina meet their basic needs and improve their lives. Pisgah Legal Services is an innovative nonprofit law firm founded in 1978 that provides free civil legal aid to people who live in poverty, helps the most vulnerable people in our communities annually to meet urgent needs, partners with dozens of other agencies to make sustainable change for people in crisis, coordinates the services of pro bono attorneys in Western North Carolina, and improves systems and policies that impact the lives of thousands of low-income people.

Financial

four stars

95.72

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 02/01/2021 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)
78.8%
  Administrative Expenses 10.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.87
  Program Expenses Growth 12.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Pisgah Legal Services on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Pisgah Legal Services on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Pisgah Legal Services (NC) 95.85 four stars
Centro Legal De La Raza (CA) 90.58 four stars
Legal Voice (WA) 92.71 four stars
Virginia Legal Aid Society (VA) 85.59 three stars
Rian Immigrant Center (MA) 92.45 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,581,352
   Federated Campaigns $188,343
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $127,524
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,735,405
Total Contributions $5,632,624
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $5,632,624
   Other Revenue $3,203
TOTAL REVENUE $5,635,827
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,117,432
   Administrative Expenses $592,074
   Fundraising Expenses $582,783
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,292,289
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $343,538
   
Net Assets $8,633,471

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
Homelessness Prevention $1,679,336 40.8%
Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Prevention Services $1,299,321 31.6%
Health, Justice, and Medical-Legal Partnership $625,270 15.2%

Ratings History
Pisgah Legal Services has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 02/01/2021 95.85 four stars
2018-12 02/01/2020 94.08 four stars
2017-12 04/01/2019 94.31 four stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 94.22 four stars
2015-12 02/01/2017 92.12 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 93.49 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 03/01/2016 91.21 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 56-1191115
Name in IRS Master File PISGAH LEGAL SERVICES
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
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 May, 1980
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
$146,306 2.76% James Barrett Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Pisgah Legal Services (NC) 95.85 four stars
Legal Aid Society of Cleveland (OH) 96.31 four stars
Rian Immigrant Center (MA) 92.45 four stars
Her Justice (NY) 92.91 four stars
South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc. (MA) 87.27 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Pisgah Legal Services
62 Charlotte Street
Asheville, NC 28801
tel: (800) 489-6144
fax: (828) 252-8927
EIN: 56-1191115

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 2276
Asheville, NC 28802

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Board Leadership

Bill Wolcott
President

CEO

Jim Barrett
Executive Director

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