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Connecticut Legal Services

Helping low-income families and individuals obtain justice

three stars

84.45

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 84.45 three stars
  Financial 78.38 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 11/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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.

Financial

two stars

78.38

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 11/01/2020 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)
82.8%
  Administrative Expenses 14.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.02
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.07
  Program Expenses Growth 4.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 87.2%
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) 84.45 three stars
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NY) 91.21 four stars
Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia (DC) 95.95 four stars
Alabama Law Foundation (AL) 94.15 four stars
Her Justice (NY) 92.91 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,176,295
   Federated Campaigns $99,629
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $11,784,969
Total Contributions $14,060,893
   Program Service Revenue $218,716
Total Primary Revenue $14,279,609
   Other Revenue $31,530
TOTAL REVENUE $14,311,139
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $10,794,615
   Administrative Expenses $1,629,397
   Fundraising Expenses $276,749
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $12,700,761
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,610,378
   
Net Assets $883,526

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 $10,794,615 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 11/01/2020 84.45 three stars
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

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, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$136,882 1.07% Deborah R. Witkin Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Connecticut Legal Services (CT) 84.45 three stars
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Pisgah Legal Services (NC) 95.85 four stars
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Legal Action Center of the City of New York (NY) 90.64 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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