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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Defend, educate, empower

four stars

91.67

40 Rector Street Fifth Floor
New York, NY 10006
tel: (212) 965-2200   Web Site
EIN: 13-1655255

Board Leadership
David W. Mills & Gerald S. Adolph
Chair

CEO
Sherrilyn Ifill
President and Director-Counsel

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.67 four stars
  Financial 88.61 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) was founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall. Although LDF's primary purpose was to provide legal assistance to poor African Americans, its work over the years has brought greater justice to all Americans. Originally affiliated with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), LDF has been an entirely separate organization since 1957. LDF has been involved in more cases before the U.S. Supreme Court than any organization except the U.S. Department of Justice. Although LDF works primarily through the courts, its strategies include advocacy, educational outreach, legislation monitoring, coalition building and policy research. Additionally, it provides scholarships for exceptional African-American students.

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) was founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall. Although LDF's primary purpose was to provide legal assistance to poor African Americans, its work over the years has brought greater justice to all Americans. Originally affiliated with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), LDF has been an entirely separate organization since 1957. LDF has been involved in more cases before the U.S. Supreme Court than any organization except the U.S. Department of Justice. Although LDF works primarily through the courts, its strategies include advocacy, educational outreach, legislation monitoring, coalition building and policy research. Additionally, it provides scholarships for exceptional African-American students.

Financial

three stars

88.61

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 02/01/2021 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)
71.4%
  Administrative Expenses 9.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 19.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.13
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.94
  Program Expenses Growth 11.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (NY) 91.67 four stars
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $31,215,658
   Federated Campaigns $555,192
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $2,433,184
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $34,204,034
   Program Service Revenue $1,238,344
Total Primary Revenue $35,442,378
   Other Revenue $1,850,094
TOTAL REVENUE $37,292,472
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $16,063,357
   Administrative Expenses $2,281,185
   Fundraising Expenses $4,850,938
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $23,195,480
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $14,096,992
   
Net Assets $80,465,206

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
Legal Assistance $11,448,455 71.3%
Thurgood Marshall Institute $4,239,540 26.4%
Herbert Lehman Program $375,362 2.3%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 02/01/2021 91.67 four stars
2018-06 03/01/2020 89.16 three stars
2018-06 09/03/2019 89.00 three stars
2017-06 08/01/2018 92.31 four stars
2016-06 10/01/2017 85.22 three stars
2015-06 10/01/2016 85.56 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 84.61 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 81.76 three stars
2013-06 10/01/2014 85.82 three stars
2012-06 08/01/2013 91.08 four stars
2011-06 07/01/2012 85.06 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 90.29 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 06/01/2011 86.60 three stars
2009-06 09/01/2010 72.60 two stars
2008-06 10/01/2009 69.95 one star
2007-06 04/01/2009 78.75 two stars
2006-06 07/01/2007 82.03 three stars
2005-06 07/01/2006 86.75 three stars
2003-12 02/01/2005 79.14 two stars
2002-12 12/01/2003 76.90 two 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 13-1655255
Name in IRS Master File N A A C P LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATIONAL FUND INC
NTEE Code R22
NTEE Classification Minority Rights
NTEE Type Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (430) Defense of human and civil rights
(59) Other school related activities
(482) Voter education (mechanics of registering, voting etc.)
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 April, 1940
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, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$340,288 1.46% Sherrilyn A. Ifill President

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NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (NY) 91.67 four stars
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Charity Contact Info

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
40 Rector Street
Fifth Floor
New York, NY 10006
tel: (212) 965-2200
fax: (212) 226-7592
EIN: 13-1655255

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Board Leadership

David W. Mills & Gerald S. Adolph
Chair

CEO

Sherrilyn Ifill
President and Director-Counsel

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