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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project

Fighting for the rights of Maine's immigrants

four stars

92.02

489 Congress Street Third Floor
Portland, ME 04112
tel: (207) 780-1593   Web Site
EIN: 22-3260883

Board Leadership
Leslie Silverstein
President

CEO
Susan Roche
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.02 four stars
  Financial 88.72 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP) helps low income immigrants improve their legal status and works for more just and humane laws and policies affecting immigrants. ILAP began in 1993 as a volunteer lawyer project providing assistance to about two dozen asylum seekers in Maine each year. ILAP has grown as new immigrant communities have come to Maine and have moved to new areas of the state, and as our immigration laws and policies have become more complex and more difficult to navigate without an attorney. ILAP now has offices in Portland and Lewiston and a bimonthly presence in Milbridge. Increased use of technology, volunteers, and education and outreach help ILAP reach more immigrants throughout the state. Each year, ILAP attorneys and legal staff and more than 250 volunteers provide legal assistance to over 3,000 clients, and conduct education and outreach on immigration law issues for about 1,700 people.

The Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP) helps low income immigrants improve their legal status and works for more just and humane laws and policies affecting immigrants. ILAP began in 1993 as a volunteer lawyer project providing assistance to about two dozen asylum seekers in Maine each year. ILAP has grown as new immigrant communities have come to Maine and have moved to new areas of the state, and as our immigration laws and policies have become more complex and more difficult to navigate without an attorney. ILAP now has offices in Portland and Lewiston and a bimonthly presence in Milbridge. Increased use of technology, volunteers, and education and outreach help ILAP reach more immigrants throughout the state. Each year, ILAP attorneys and legal staff and more than 250 volunteers provide legal assistance to over 3,000 clients, and conduct education and outreach on immigration law issues for about 1,700 people.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Number of clients assisted with legal needs
1,510
Number of clients participating in educational programs
1,794
This impact information is current as of March 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

88.72

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 03/01/2020 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)
71.8%
  Administrative Expenses 11.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 16.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.13
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.34
  Program Expenses Growth 24.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Constituent Voice

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How is the organization collecting feedback?
Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings or town halls
How is the organization using feedback?
To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback
Describe a recent change in your organization that resulted from feedback.
ILAP regularly involves former clients and members of Maine’s immigrant communities in the design and evaluation of our services Our most recent Strategic Plan included several priorities that emerged from client focus groups, such as the creation of a new Intake Supervisor position to lower barriers for potential clients Over the last year, we also convened Community Conversations with groups of former clients in different parts of the state to obtain feedback on our services It is our hope that these will evolve into Community Advisory Groups that will facilitate ongoing communication and collaboration between ILAP and immigrant communities across the state
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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ME) 92.02 four stars
Virginia Legal Aid Society (VA) 85.59 three stars
Chicago Bar Foundation (IL) 88.43 three stars
Transgender Law Center (CA) 90.36 four stars
Immigrant Legal Resource Center (CA) 92.02 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,250,064
   Federated Campaigns $24,975
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $58,510
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,333,549
   Program Service Revenue $797
Total Primary Revenue $1,334,346
   Other Revenue $-11,153
TOTAL REVENUE $1,327,848
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $871,796
   Administrative Expenses $128,285
   Fundraising Expenses $134,405
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,134,486
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $193,362
   
Net Assets $1,222,775

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
Direct Legal Services $692,992 79.5%
Education and Outreach $124,928 14.3%
Systemic Advocacy $53,876 6.2%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 03/01/2020 92.02 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 22-3260883
Name in IRS Master File IMMIGRANT LEGAL ADVOCACY PROJECT
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 (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(462) Legal aid to indigents
(460) Public interest litigation 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 November, 1993
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
$89,818 7.91% Susan Roche Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ME) 92.02 four stars
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Charity Contact Info

Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project
489 Congress Street
Third Floor
Portland, ME 04112
tel: (207) 780-1593
fax: (207) 699-2313
EIN: 22-3260883

Mail donations to:
PO Box 17917
Portland, ME 04112

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Board Leadership

Leslie Silverstein
President

CEO

Susan Roche
Executive Director

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