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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Texas Defender Service

Promoting a fair and just criminal justice system in Texas.

80.14

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

Board Leadership
Murray Fogler
Chair

CEO
Kathryn McNiel
Executive Director

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 80.14
  Financial 89.40
  Accountability & Transparency 74.00
This rating was published 09/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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

89.40

Accountability & Transparency

74.00

This rating was published 09/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
82.9%
  Administrative Expenses 13.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.06
  Program Expenses Growth -5.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.0%
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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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Texas Defender Service (TX) 80.14
D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center (DC) 91.32
Public Justice Foundation (DC) 88.42
Volunteer Lawyers Network (MN) 89.94
Pacific Legal Foundation (CA) 94.03

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $652,662
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $106,839
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $759,501
   Program Service Revenue $740,316
Total Primary Revenue $1,499,817
   Other Revenue $-21,464
TOTAL REVENUE $1,478,353
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,424,713
   Administrative Expenses $278,456
   Fundraising Expenses $50,863
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,754,032
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-275,679
   
Net Assets $2,131,172

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
Mitigation Project $612,366 43.0%
Post-Conviction Project $492,293 34.6%
The Trial Project $192,617 13.5%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 09/01/2021 80.14
2018-12 07/01/2020 81.06
2017-12 10/01/2019 89.19
2016-12 08/01/2018 88.17
2015-12 08/01/2017 92.10

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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$108,076 6.16% Amanda Marzullo Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Texas Defender Service (TX) 80.14
Capital Area Immigrants Rights Coalition (DC) 94.55
National Consumer Law Center (MA) 92.88
Legal Action Center of the City of New York (NY) 90.73
Volunteer Lawyers Network (MN) 89.94

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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

Kathryn McNiel
Executive Director

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