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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Connecticut Legal Services

Helping low-income families and individuals obtain justice

two stars

79.78

62 Washington Street 4th Floor
Middletown, CT 06457
tel: (860) 344-0447   Web Site
EIN: 06-0955461

Board Leadership
Ann Taylor
Chair

CEO
Deborah R. Witkin
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 79.78 two stars
  Financial 73.62 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Connecticut Legal Services (CLS) is a private, civil law firm dedicated to helping low-income families and individuals obtain justice. The bulk of our work consists of providing civil law representation and counseling to thousands of low-income families and individuals each year. We help our clients use the law to meet basic life needs. CLS serves all of Connecticut except the greater Hartford and New Haven areas. Our lawyers are experts in a wide range of poverty law practice areas: housing and homelessness; public benefits and employment; domestic violence and other family law matters; health law including Medicaid, Medicare, and nursing home matters; education and juvenile law; consumer law; and mental retardation and disability law.

Connecticut Legal Services (CLS) is a private, civil law firm dedicated to helping low-income families and individuals obtain justice. The bulk of our work consists of providing civil law representation and counseling to thousands of low-income families and individuals each year. We help our clients use the law to meet basic life needs. CLS serves all of Connecticut except the greater Hartford and New Haven areas. Our lawyers are experts in a wide range of poverty law practice areas: housing and homelessness; public benefits and employment; domestic violence and other family law matters; health law including Medicaid, Medicare, and nursing home matters; education and juvenile law; consumer law; and mental retardation and disability law.

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Financial

two stars

73.62

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 08/01/2019 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)
81.4%
  Administrative Expenses 15.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.09
  Program Expenses Growth 2.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 82.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Connecticut Legal Services on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Connecticut Legal Services on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Connecticut Legal Services (CT) 79.78 two stars
Chicago Bar Foundation (IL) 88.90 three stars
Capital Area Immigrants Rights Coalition (DC) 93.98 four stars
D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center (DC) 93.74 four stars
Ayuda (DC) 92.24 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,888,111
   Federated Campaigns $105,768
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $9,982,970
Total Contributions $11,976,849
   Program Service Revenue $290,971
Total Primary Revenue $12,267,820
   Other Revenue $25,607
TOTAL REVENUE $12,293,427
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $10,045,313
   Administrative Expenses $1,937,782
   Fundraising Expenses $337,108
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $12,320,203
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-26,776
   
Net Assets $1,102,986

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
Civil Legal Representation $10,045,313 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 08/01/2019 79.78 two stars
2017-06 07/01/2018 79.00 two stars
2016-06 02/01/2018 78.30 two stars
2015-06 07/01/2016 79.93 two stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 77.57 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 80.56 three stars
2013-06 11/01/2014 84.18 three stars
2012-06 10/01/2013 82.80 three stars
2011-06 07/01/2012 86.26 three stars
2010-06 11/01/2011 89.94 three stars
2009-06 09/20/2011 88.84 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 12/22/2010 82.58 three stars
2008-06 10/01/2009 94.21 four stars
2007-06 05/01/2009 84.65 three stars
2006-06 06/01/2007 79.46 two stars
2005-06 09/01/2006 80.25 three stars
2004-06 06/01/2005 81.54 three stars
2003-06 07/01/2004 87.07 three stars
2002-06 06/09/2003 83.32 three stars
2001-06 10/15/2002 87.11 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 06-0955461
Name in IRS Master File CONNECTICUT LEGAL SERVICES INC
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
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 May, 1978
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, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$131,150 1.06% Deborah R. Witkin Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Connecticut Legal Services (CT) 79.78 two stars
Immigrant Legal Resource Center (CA) 92.02 four stars
Legal Aid of Western Missouri (MO) 86.16 three stars
Neighborhood Legal Services Association (PA) 86.50 three stars
Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County (CA) 94.66 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Connecticut Legal Services
62 Washington Street
4th Floor
Middletown, CT 06457
tel: (860) 344-0447
fax: (860) 346-2938
EIN: 06-0955461

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Board Leadership

Ann Taylor
Chair

CEO

Deborah R. Witkin
Executive Director

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