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Columbia Legal Services

Seeking justice together.

three stars

84.13

101 Yesler Way Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98104
tel: (206) 464-1155   Web Site
EIN: 91-0974503

Board Leadership
Dolly Hunt
President

CEO
Merf Ehman
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 84.13 three stars
  Financial 80.44 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 07/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Columbia Legal Services advocates for laws that advance social, economic, and racial equity for people living in poverty. Our work is directed by the communities we serve. We contribute our legal knowledge and skills to support initiatives that are identified by the community to enhance the community's power. We hold ourselves accountable to principles of race equity and human rights. Through our community-led legal advocacy, we hold government agencies, institutions, and other actors accountable to address the root causes of racism and their manifestation in unfair treatment and inequitable access to resources, power, and opportunities based on race. We believe that to achieve justice, all communities should have a voice in the creation and implementation of the policies, laws, and legal systems that impact them. We believe that our legal system must be held accountable by the people most impacted by it.

Columbia Legal Services advocates for laws that advance social, economic, and racial equity for people living in poverty. Our work is directed by the communities we serve. We contribute our legal knowledge and skills to support initiatives that are identified by the community to enhance the community's power. We hold ourselves accountable to principles of race equity and human rights. Through our community-led legal advocacy, we hold government agencies, institutions, and other actors accountable to address the root causes of racism and their manifestation in unfair treatment and inequitable access to resources, power, and opportunities based on race. We believe that to achieve justice, all communities should have a voice in the creation and implementation of the policies, laws, and legal systems that impact them. We believe that our legal system must be held accountable by the people most impacted by it.

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Financial

three stars

80.44

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 07/01/2020 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)
77.8%
  Administrative Expenses 19.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.02
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.75
  Program Expenses Growth -5.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 16.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Columbia Legal Services on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Columbia Legal Services on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Columbia Legal Services (WA) 84.13 three stars
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,677,841
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $215,480
Total Contributions $3,893,321
   Program Service Revenue $1,208,138
Total Primary Revenue $5,101,459
   Other Revenue $69,688
TOTAL REVENUE $5,171,147
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,050,002
   Administrative Expenses $1,194,280
   Fundraising Expenses $110,180
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,354,462
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-183,315
   
Net Assets $4,359,685

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
2018-12 07/01/2020 84.13 three stars
2017-12 10/01/2019 84.89 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 91-0974503
Name in IRS Master File COLUMBIA LEGAL SERVICES
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 (462) Legal aid to indigents
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 December, 1976
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$125,452 2.34% Merf Ehman Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Columbia Legal Services (WA) 84.13 three stars
RAICES (TX) 86.56 three stars
Neighborhood Legal Services Association (PA) 92.02 four stars
Greater Boston Legal Services (MA) 90.03 four stars
Public Justice Center (MD) 94.14 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Columbia Legal Services
101 Yesler Way
Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98104
tel: (206) 464-1155
EIN: 91-0974503

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Board Leadership

Dolly Hunt
President

CEO

Merf Ehman
Executive Director

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