Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Public Advocates

Making rights real

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 January 2020, 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.
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

Charts

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

Mission

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.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Public Advocates (CA) 89.54 three stars
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (DC) 91.90 four stars
Chinese for Affirmative Action (CA) 90.96 four stars
American Family Association (MS) 90.71 four stars
Committee to Protect Journalists (NY) 92.51 four 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