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Christian Legal Society

Seeking justice with the love of God

three stars

89.75

8001 Braddock Road Suite 302
Springfield, VA 22151
tel: (703) 642-1070   Web Site
EIN: 36-6101090

Board Leadership
Jennifer K. Patrick
President & Chairman of the Board

CEO
David Nammo
Executive Director, CEO

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.75 three stars
  Financial 86.08 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Learn more about how we calculate the overall score and rating.

Financial

three stars

86.08

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 02/01/2017 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)
84.8%
  Administrative Expenses 7.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.39
  Program Expenses Growth -0.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 15.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Christian Legal Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Christian Legal Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Christian Legal Society (VA) 89.75 three stars
Alpha USA (IL) 86.41 three stars
Vision New England (ME) 90.70 four stars
Village Missions (OR) 85.27 three stars
The Presidential Prayer Team (AZ) 93.56 four stars

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Founded in 1961, Christian Legal Society (CLS) is the largest non-denominational organization of Christian attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students in the country. We are in over 1,100 cities, all 50 states and 28 foreign countries, working in association with thousands of supportive lay people. CLS' mission is to be the national grassroots network of lawyers and law students committed to proclaiming, loving and serving Jesus Christ through all we do and say in the practice of law, and advocating biblical conflict reconciliation, legal assistance for the poor and the needy, religious freedom and the sanctity of human life.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $724,888
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $390,088
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,114,976
   Program Service Revenue $415,472
Total Primary Revenue $1,530,448
   Other Revenue $15,209
TOTAL REVENUE $1,545,657
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,106,137
   Administrative Expenses $99,097
   Fundraising Expenses $113,688
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,318,922
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $226,735
   
Net Assets $496,979

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
Center for Law and Religious Freedom $377,710 34.1%
Attorney Ministries $257,788 23.3%
Conferences $207,302 18.7%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-12 02/01/2017 89.75 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 84.76 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 80.48 three stars
2013-12 12/22/2014 84.49 three stars
2012-12 02/01/2014 81.34 three stars
2011-12 04/01/2013 77.59 two stars
2010-12 03/01/2012 77.47 two stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 83.43 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 03/01/2011 72.86 two stars
2008-12 05/01/2010 85.45 three stars
2007-12 02/01/2009 88.06 three stars
2006-12 12/01/2007 93.63 four stars
2005-12 02/01/2007 77.87 two stars
2004-12 06/01/2006 81.66 three stars
2003-12 12/01/2005 81.15 three stars
2002-12 10/01/2003 77.18 two stars
2001-12 10/15/2002 68.51 one star

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

EIN 36-6101090
Name in IRS Master File CHRISTIAN LEGAL SOCIETY
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (29) Other religious activities
(602) Gifts, grants, or loans to other organizations
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Central - the organization is a parent (group ruling) and is not a church or 501(c)(1) organization.
Group Name CHRISTIAN LEGAL SOCIETY
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 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
$107,355 8.13% David Nammo Executive Director, CEO

Founded in 1961, Christian Legal Society (CLS) is the largest non-denominational organization of Christian attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students in the country. We are in over 1,100 cities, all 50 states and 28 foreign countries, working in association with thousands of supportive lay people. CLS' mission is to be the national grassroots network of lawyers and law students committed to proclaiming, loving and serving Jesus Christ through all we do and say in the practice of law, and advocating biblical conflict reconciliation, legal assistance for the poor and the needy, religious freedom and the sanctity of human life.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Christian Legal Society (VA) 89.75 three stars
Mission Arlington/Mission Metroplex (TX) 96.16 four stars
Men of Valor (TN) 89.39 three stars
Alpha USA (IL) 86.41 three stars
Bill Glass Behind the Walls (TX) 91.14 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Christian Legal Society
8001 Braddock Road
Suite 302
Springfield, VA 22151
tel: (703) 642-1070
EIN: 36-6101090

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Board Leadership

Jennifer K. Patrick
President & Chairman of the Board

CEO

David Nammo
Executive Director, CEO

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