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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy

Pursuing justice for those in need

four stars

94.94

1431 Elizabeth Avenue Charlotte, NC 28204
tel: (704) 376-1600   Web Site
EIN: 56-1202940

Board Leadership
Lisa Howell
President

CEO
Kenneth Schorr
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.94 four stars
  Financial 94.08 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy helps people in the Charlotte, North Carolina, region who cannot afford legal services, but desperately need them. Without legal representation in civil matters, thousands of families can lose access to financial security, healthcare, housing and opportunity. Since 1967, our staff and pro bono attorneys have provided comprehensive civil legal services for our region's low-income residents. We accomplish our mission through a variety of advocacy strategies, including individual advice and representation, community education and outreach, representation of groups, self-help remedies, collaboration with other agencies, community economic development, legislative and administrative advocacy, and impact litigation.

Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy helps people in the Charlotte, North Carolina, region who cannot afford legal services, but desperately need them. Without legal representation in civil matters, thousands of families can lose access to financial security, healthcare, housing and opportunity. Since 1967, our staff and pro bono attorneys have provided comprehensive civil legal services for our region's low-income residents. We accomplish our mission through a variety of advocacy strategies, including individual advice and representation, community education and outreach, representation of groups, self-help remedies, collaboration with other agencies, community economic development, legislative and administrative advocacy, and impact litigation.

Financial

four stars

94.08

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 05/01/2021 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)
84.6%
  Administrative Expenses 7.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.40
  Program Expenses Growth 4.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 8.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy (NC) 94.94 four stars
Gulfcoast Legal Services (FL) 91.85 four stars
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NY) 91.21 four stars
PILnet (NY) 85.83 three stars
Greater Boston Legal Services (MA) 91.49 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,846,473
   Federated Campaigns $195,000
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $716,334
Total Contributions $4,757,807
   Program Service Revenue $86,732
Total Primary Revenue $4,844,539
   Other Revenue $482,027
TOTAL REVENUE $5,326,566
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,702,854
   Administrative Expenses $304,852
   Fundraising Expenses $246,503
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,254,209
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $2,072,357
   
Net Assets $4,228,554

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
Family Support and Health Care Program $1,005,950 37.2%
Immigrant Justice Program $698,683 25.8%
Consumer Protection and Veterans Program $637,279 23.6%

Ratings History
Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 05/01/2021 94.94 four stars
2018-06 12/01/2019 91.27 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 56-1202940
Name in IRS Master File CHARLOTTE CENTER FOR LEGAL ADVOCACY INC
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 March, 1979
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$139,835 4.29% Kenneth L. Schorr Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy (NC) 94.94 four stars
National Center for Youth Law (CA) 97.17 four stars
Mississippi Center for Justice (MS) 88.75 three stars
Greater Chicago Legal Clinic (IL) 85.00 three stars
Ayuda (DC) 94.69 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy
1431 Elizabeth Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28204
tel: (704) 376-1600
fax: (704) 376-8627
EIN: 56-1202940

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Board Leadership

Lisa Howell
President

CEO

Kenneth Schorr
Executive Director

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