Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Defend, educate, empower

three stars

89.00

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 89.00 three stars
  Financial 84.98 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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.

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Financial

three stars

84.98

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 09/03/2019 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)
74.1%
  Administrative Expenses 9.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 16.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.13
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.81
  Program Expenses Growth 5.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.6%
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.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $17,569,445
   Federated Campaigns $675,634
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $2,600,931
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $20,846,010
   Program Service Revenue $641,901
Total Primary Revenue $21,487,911
   Other Revenue $878,968
TOTAL REVENUE $22,366,879
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $13,348,498
   Administrative Expenses $1,695,574
   Fundraising Expenses $3,732,055
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $18,776,127
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $3,590,752
   
Net Assets $65,978,823

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$340,782 1.81% Sherrilyn A. Ifill President

Mission

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 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