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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

90.73

Legal Action Center 225 Varick Street
New York, NY 10014
tel: (212) 243-1313   Web Site
EIN: 13-2756320

Board Leadership
Brad S. Karp
Board Chair

CEO
Paul N. Samuels
Director and President

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  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.73
  Financial 88.92
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00
This rating was published 12/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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.

Financial

88.92

Accountability & Transparency

93.00

This rating was published 12/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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)
79.0%
  Administrative Expenses 13.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.44
  Program Expenses Growth 8.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 26.7%
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) 90.73
Boston Bar Foundation (MA) 85.90
Americans for Immigrant Justice (FL) 98.23
Ayuda (DC) 94.69
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NY) 89.62

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,136,933
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,131,729
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,974,872
Total Contributions $6,243,534
   Program Service Revenue $129,304
Total Primary Revenue $6,372,838
   Other Revenue $167,715
TOTAL REVENUE $6,540,553
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,129,338
   Administrative Expenses $931,754
   Fundraising Expenses $331,216
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,392,308
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $148,245
   
Net Assets $2,755,497

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
Policy Work $3,073,731 59.9%
Legal Services $2,055,607 40.1%

Ratings History
Legal Action Center of the City of New York has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2020-03 12/01/2021 90.73
2019-03 12/23/2020 90.64
2018-03 10/01/2019 85.21
2017-03 05/01/2018 86.67
2016-03 08/01/2017 87.95
2015-03 12/21/2016 87.69

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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • March, 2018
  • March, 2017
  • March, 2016
  • March, 2015
  • March, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$277,351 4.33% Paul N. Samuels President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Legal Action Center of the City of New York (NY) 90.73
Legal Aid at Work (CA) 90.82
Capital Area Immigrants Rights Coalition (DC) 94.55
Greater Chicago Legal Clinic (IL) 86.84
Center for Constitutional Rights (NY) 94.82

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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: (212) 243-1313
fax: (212) 675-0286
EIN: 13-2756320

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Board Leadership

Brad S. Karp
Board Chair

CEO

Paul N. Samuels
Director and President

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