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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Legal Action Center of the City of New York

Helping People Rebuild Their Lives With Dignity

three stars

85.21

Legal Action Center 225 Varick Street
New York, NY 10014
tel: (800) 223-4044   Web Site
EIN: 13-2756320

Board Leadership
Brad S. Karp
Chairman

CEO
Paul N. Samuels
Director and President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 85.21 three stars
  Financial 80.30 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 10/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Legal Action Center is the only non-profit law and policy organization in the United States whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas. Over four decades, LAC's legal and policy projects have helped hundreds of thousands of men and women by expanding addiction treatment, fighting stigma and discrimination, and protecting privacy rights crucial to getting and staying in care. We have also broken down barriers that keep millions of people with criminal records from employment, housing, education and other opportunities. Our work has helped to vastly increase alternatives to incarceration and achieve historic sentencing reforms as well as dozens of other policies that promote a public health approach to addiction, HIV/AIDS, and the criminal justice system.

The Legal Action Center is the only non-profit law and policy organization in the United States whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas. Over four decades, LAC's legal and policy projects have helped hundreds of thousands of men and women by expanding addiction treatment, fighting stigma and discrimination, and protecting privacy rights crucial to getting and staying in care. We have also broken down barriers that keep millions of people with criminal records from employment, housing, education and other opportunities. Our work has helped to vastly increase alternatives to incarceration and achieve historic sentencing reforms as well as dozens of other policies that promote a public health approach to addiction, HIV/AIDS, and the criminal justice system.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2017
Number of civil litigation matters handled
2,556
This impact information is current as of September 2019, 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

three stars

80.30

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 10/01/2019 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)
77.3%
  Administrative Expenses 13.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.23
  Program Expenses Growth 12.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 53.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Legal Action Center of the City of New York on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Legal Action Center of the City of New York on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Legal Action Center of the City of New York (NY) 85.21 three stars
Centro Legal De La Raza (CA) 92.22 four stars
Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County (CA) 94.66 four stars
Prairie State Legal Services (IL) 91.97 four stars
CARPLS (IL) 94.39 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,878,929
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $793,640
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,705,286
Total Contributions $5,377,855
   Program Service Revenue $510,585
Total Primary Revenue $5,888,440
   Other Revenue $129,326
TOTAL REVENUE $6,017,766
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,589,322
   Administrative Expenses $779,686
   Fundraising Expenses $471,328
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,840,336
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $177,430
   
Net Assets $1,263,494

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.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-03 10/01/2019 85.21 three stars
2017-03 05/01/2018 86.67 three stars
2016-03 08/01/2017 87.95 three stars
2015-03 12/21/2016 87.69 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 13-2756320
Name in IRS Master File LEGAL ACTION CENTER OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK INC
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 (430) Defense of human and civil rights
(59) Other school related activities
(566) Job training, counseling, or assistance
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 July, 1973
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End March
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • March, 2018
  • March, 2017
  • March, 2016
  • March, 2015
  • March, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$241,639 4.13% Paul Samuels President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Legal Action Center of the City of New York (NY) 85.21 three stars
Catholic Legal Immigration Network. Inc. (CLINIC) (MD) 97.17 four stars
Administer Justice (IL) 86.67 three stars
National Immigration Law Center (CA) 99.30 four stars
Legal Services for Children (CA) 87.55 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Legal Action Center of the City of New York
Legal Action Center
225 Varick Street
New York, NY 10014
tel: (800) 223-4044
fax: (212) 675-0286
EIN: 13-2756320

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Board Leadership

Brad S. Karp
Chairman

CEO

Paul N. Samuels
Director and President

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