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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Public Advocates

Making rights real

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three stars

89.54

131 Steuart Street Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94105
tel: (415) 431-7430   Web Site
EIN: 23-7103042

Board Leadership
Fred Alvarez
Board Chair

CEO
Guillermo Mayer
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.54 three stars
  Financial 85.22 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Public Advocates is a nonprofit law firm and advocacy organization that challenges the systemic causes of poverty and racial discrimination by strengthening community voices in public policy and achieving tangible legal victories advancing education, housing transportation equity and climate justice. We spur change through collaboration with grassroots groups representing low-income communities, people of color and immigrants, combined with strategic policy reform, media advocacy and litigation, “making rights real” across California since 1971.

Public Advocates is a nonprofit law firm and advocacy organization that challenges the systemic causes of poverty and racial discrimination by strengthening community voices in public policy and achieving tangible legal victories advancing education, housing transportation equity and climate justice. We spur change through collaboration with grassroots groups representing low-income communities, people of color and immigrants, combined with strategic policy reform, media advocacy and litigation, “making rights real” across California since 1971.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
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Total in 2018
Number of policies formally established
2
Number of grassroots organizations supported
646
Number of changes and improvements to state educational policy
25
Number of housing protection campaigns won
5
Number of training workshops
15
This impact information is current as of July 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

85.22

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

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)
68.3%
  Administrative Expenses 15.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 15.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.11
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.50
  Program Expenses Growth 11.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 8.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Public Advocates on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Public Advocates on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Public Advocates (CA) 89.54 three stars
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California (CA) 91.13 four stars
National Low Income Housing Coalition (DC) 91.78 four stars
Texas Civil Rights Project (TX) 95.12 four stars
Asian Americans Advancing Justice (DC) 86.67 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,748,097
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $907,752
Total Contributions $4,655,849
   Program Service Revenue $11,100
Total Primary Revenue $4,666,949
   Other Revenue $180,495
TOTAL REVENUE $4,847,444
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,952,331
   Administrative Expenses $421,020
   Fundraising Expenses $445,943
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,819,294
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $2,028,150
   
Net Assets $9,061,002

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
Metropolitan Equity $1,046,329 53.6%
Education Equity $906,002 46.4%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 09/03/2019 89.54 three stars
2017-06 08/01/2018 89.00 three stars
2017-06 07/01/2018 84.98 three stars
2016-06 08/01/2017 81.18 three stars
2015-06 12/21/2016 84.36 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 23-7103042
Name in IRS Master File PUBLIC ADVOCATES 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 (59) Other school related activities
(430) Defense of human and civil rights
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 February, 1971
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$144,299 5.11% Guillermo Mayer President & CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$146,593 5.19% Richard Macantonio Managing Attorney
$145,885 5.17% John Affeldt Managing Attorney

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Public Advocates (CA) 89.54 three stars
ACLU Foundation of Southern California (CA) 89.08 three stars
Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law (NY) 91.92 four stars
ACLU Foundation of Massachusetts (MA) 91.65 four stars
The Sikh Coalition (NY) 89.79 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Public Advocates
131 Steuart Street
Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94105
tel: (415) 431-7430
fax: (415) 431-1048
EIN: 23-7103042

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Board Leadership

Fred Alvarez
Board Chair

CEO

Guillermo Mayer
President & CEO

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