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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

Advancing equality and civil rights through community lawyering

four stars

92.31

151 West 30th Street 11th Floor
New York, NY 10001
tel: (212) 244-4664   Web Site
EIN: 13-2860703

Board Leadership
Jamie A. Levitt
Chair

CEO
McGregor Smyth
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.31 four stars
  Financial 91.68 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) works to advance equality and civil rights, with a focus on health justice, disability rights and environmental justice, through the power of community lawyering and partnerships with the private bar. Through community lawyering, NYLPI puts its legal, policy and community organizing expertise at the service of New York City communities and individuals. NYLPI's partnership with the private bar strengthens its advocacy and connects community groups and non-profits with critical legal assistance. NYLPI was founded in 1976 to serve the legal needs of underserved, underrepresented New Yorkers and their communities. What began as a small-scale staff working to link low income clients and organizations with attorneys willing to volunteer pro bono legal services has grown into an unparalleled resource for low income, community-driven legal representation.

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) works to advance equality and civil rights, with a focus on health justice, disability rights and environmental justice, through the power of community lawyering and partnerships with the private bar. Through community lawyering, NYLPI puts its legal, policy and community organizing expertise at the service of New York City communities and individuals. NYLPI's partnership with the private bar strengthens its advocacy and connects community groups and non-profits with critical legal assistance. NYLPI was founded in 1976 to serve the legal needs of underserved, underrepresented New Yorkers and their communities. What began as a small-scale staff working to link low income clients and organizations with attorneys willing to volunteer pro bono legal services has grown into an unparalleled resource for low income, community-driven legal representation.

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Financial

four stars

91.68

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 09/03/2019 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)
78.8%
  Administrative Expenses 12.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.47
  Program Expenses Growth 3.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by New York Lawyers for the Public Interest on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by New York Lawyers for the Public Interest on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NY) 92.31 four stars
Legal Aid Justice Center (VA) 89.86 three stars
Ayuda (DC) 94.69 four stars
Inner City Law Center (CA) 93.15 four stars
National Consumer Law Center (MA) 90.64 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,045,918
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,866,145
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,161,327
Total Contributions $5,073,390
   Program Service Revenue $171,118
Total Primary Revenue $5,244,508
   Other Revenue $3,116
TOTAL REVENUE $5,247,624
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,888,704
   Administrative Expenses $604,249
   Fundraising Expenses $427,628
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,920,581
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $327,043
   
Net Assets $7,196,146

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
Disability Justice Program $1,674,278 43.1%
Health Justice Program $899,273 23.1%
Environmental Justice Program $829,921 21.3%

Ratings History
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-05 09/03/2019 92.31 four stars
2017-05 11/01/2018 90.74 four stars
2017-05 09/01/2018 89.89 three stars
2016-05 12/01/2017 88.18 three stars
2015-05 02/01/2017 90.27 four stars
2015-05 11/01/2016 87.87 three stars
2014-05 06/01/2016 87.74 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-05 02/01/2016 87.81 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 13-2860703
Name in IRS Master File NEW YORK LAWYERS FOR THE PUBLIC INTEREST INC
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 (460) Public interest litigation activities
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, 1978
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End May
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • May, 2018
  • May, 2017
  • May, 2016
  • May, 2015
  • May, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$208,883 4.24% Mcgregor J. Smyth Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NY) 92.31 four stars
Legal Action Center of the City of New York (NY) 85.21 three stars
The Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center (CA) 91.93 four stars
Legal Aid Society of Cleveland (OH) 94.05 four stars
Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT) (NY) 89.59 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
151 West 30th Street
11th Floor
New York, NY 10001
tel: (212) 244-4664
fax: (212) 244-4570
TTY: (212) 244-3692
EIN: 13-2860703

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Board Leadership

Jamie A. Levitt
Chair

CEO

McGregor Smyth
Executive Director

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