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.
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

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$241,639 4.13% Paul Samuels President

Mission

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.

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Legal Action Center of the City of New York (NY) 85.21 three stars
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Centro Legal De La Raza (CA) 92.22 four stars
National Consumer Law Center (MA) 90.64 four stars
Education Law Center (NJ) 85.06 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