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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Defend, educate, empower

85.56

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

Board Leadership
David W. Mills
Chair

CEO
Sherrilyn Ifill
President and Director-Counsel

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 85.56
  Financial 81.22
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00
This rating was published 10/01/2016 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial

81.22

Accountability & Transparency

92.00

This rating was published 10/01/2016 and includes data from FY2015, 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)
75.3%
  Administrative Expenses 10.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 14.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.18
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.00
  Program Expenses Growth -1.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 13.4%
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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (NY) 85.56
ACLU Foundation of Maryland (MD) 90.92
Simon Wiesenthal Center (CA) 91.88
Pennsylvania Family Institute (PA) 85.01
Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund (DC) 87.36

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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.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $13,748,681
   Federated Campaigns $188,685
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,744,854
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $15,682,220
   Program Service Revenue $1,955,956
Total Primary Revenue $17,638,176
   Other Revenue $841,945
TOTAL REVENUE $18,480,121
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $11,333,812
   Administrative Expenses $1,503,334
   Fundraising Expenses $2,055,392
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $14,892,538
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $3,587,583
   
Net Assets $46,991,346

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 $9,062,974 80.0%
Public Information $1,872,117 16.5%
Herbert Lehman Program $398,721 3.5%
Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-06 10/01/2016 85.56
2014-06 06/01/2016 84.61
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 81.76
2013-06 10/01/2014 85.82
2012-06 08/01/2013 91.08
2011-06 07/01/2012 85.06
2010-06 09/20/2011 90.29
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 06/01/2011 86.60
2009-06 09/01/2010 72.60
2008-06 10/01/2009 69.95
2007-06 04/01/2009 78.75
2006-06 07/01/2007 82.03
2005-06 07/01/2006 86.75
2003-12 02/01/2005 79.14
2002-12 12/01/2003 76.90
2001-12 10/15/2002 77.66
2000-12 04/15/2002 84.59

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)
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  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
  • June, 2012
  • June, 2011

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$360,000 2.41% Sherrilyn A. Ifill President

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.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (NY) 85.56
Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law (NY) 90.50
Texas Civil Rights Project (TX) 85.65
Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law (IL) 88.05
Families Against Mandatory Minimums Foundation (DC) 97.11

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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
Chair

CEO

Sherrilyn Ifill
President and Director-Counsel

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