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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Defend, educate, empower

three stars

85.22

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 85.22 three stars
  Financial 82.24 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 10/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, 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

82.24

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 10/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, 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 10.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 14.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.16
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.72
  Program Expenses Growth -0.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 18.3%
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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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (NY) 85.22 three stars
Make the Road New York (NY) 87.25 three stars
The New World Foundation (NY) 92.02 four stars
The Florida Bar Foundation (FL) 85.39 three stars
National Urban League (NY) 87.44 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $9,190,993
   Federated Campaigns $203,459
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $2,056,123
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $11,450,575
   Program Service Revenue $693,232
Total Primary Revenue $12,143,807
   Other Revenue $-37,589
TOTAL REVENUE $12,106,218
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $11,697,668
   Administrative Expenses $1,584,566
   Fundraising Expenses $1,943,028
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $15,225,262
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-3,119,044
   
Net Assets $42,683,046

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 $8,377,315 71.6%
Public Information $2,954,387 25.3%
Herbert Lehman Program $365,966 3.1%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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
2001-12 10/15/2002 77.66 two stars
2000-12 04/15/2002 84.59 three 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)
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  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
  • June, 2012

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
$335,554 2.20% Sherrilyn A. Ifill President

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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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