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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Texas Defender Service

Promoting a fair and just criminal justice system in Texas.

three stars

81.06

1927 Blodgett Street Houston, TX 77004
tel: (713) 222-7788   Web Site
EIN: 76-0481649

Board Leadership
Murray Fogler
Chair

CEO
Jennae Swiergula & Jared Tyler
Interim Co-Executive Directors

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 81.06 three stars
  Financial 93.60 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 74.00 two stars
This rating was published 07/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Texas Defender Service (TDS) is a non-profit organization established in 1995 by experienced Texas death penalty attorneys. Our mission is to establish a fair and just criminal justice system in Texas. TDS aims to improve the quality of representation afforded to those facing a death sentence and to expose and eradicate the systemic flaws plaguing the Texas death penalty.

Texas Defender Service (TDS) is a non-profit organization established in 1995 by experienced Texas death penalty attorneys. Our mission is to establish a fair and just criminal justice system in Texas. TDS aims to improve the quality of representation afforded to those facing a death sentence and to expose and eradicate the systemic flaws plaguing the Texas death penalty.

Financial

four stars

93.60

Accountability & Transparency

two stars

74.00

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)
82.1%
  Administrative Expenses 12.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.00
  Program Expenses Growth 6.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 10.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Texas Defender Service on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Texas Defender Service on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $481,525
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $61,843
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $543,368
   Program Service Revenue $474,094
Total Primary Revenue $1,017,462
   Other Revenue $-7,039
TOTAL REVENUE $1,010,423
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,909,744
   Administrative Expenses $249,210
   Fundraising Expenses $88,570
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,247,524
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,237,101
   
Net Assets $2,130,939

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
Capital Communications $531,622 27.8%
The Trial Project $478,596 25.1%
Mitigation Project $452,872 23.7%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 07/01/2020 81.06 three stars
2017-12 10/01/2019 89.19 three stars
2016-12 08/01/2018 88.17 three stars
2015-12 08/01/2017 92.10 four 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 76-0481649
Name in IRS Master File TEXAS DEFENDER SERVICE
NTEE Code R60
NTEE Classification Civil Liberties Advocacy
NTEE Type Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
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, 1996
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
$109,048 4.85% Amanda Marzullo Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Texas Defender Service (TX) 81.06 three stars
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Americans for Immigrant Justice (FL) 94.58 four stars
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Charity Contact Info

Texas Defender Service
1927 Blodgett Street
Houston, TX 77004
tel: (713) 222-7788
fax: (713) 222-0260
EIN: 76-0481649

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Board Leadership

Murray Fogler
Chair

CEO

Jennae Swiergula & Jared Tyler
Interim Co-Executive Directors

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