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Prairie State Legal Services

Making a positive difference

four stars

91.97

303 N. Main, Suite 600 Rockford, IL 61101
tel: (815) 965-2134   Web Site
EIN: 37-1030764

Board Leadership
Steven Greeley
President

CEO
Michael O'Connor
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.97 four stars
  Financial 88.65 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 10/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Prairie State Legal Services began operations in 1977, and provides free legal help to senior citizens and low-income persons in 36 counties in northern and central Illinois. It has service offices in Bloomington, Galesburg, Joliet, Kankakee, McHenry, Ottawa, Peoria, Rockford, Rock Island, St. Charles, Waukegan, and Wheaton. Prairie State attorneys specialize in issues related to poverty law. Some of the cases commonly accepted for more extensive legal representation include, but are not limited to: domestic violence orders of protection; financial exploitation or abuse of the elderly or persons with disabilities; denials or evictions from public or subsidized housing; utility shut-offs; and improper garnishment of exempt income or assets.

Prairie State Legal Services began operations in 1977, and provides free legal help to senior citizens and low-income persons in 36 counties in northern and central Illinois. It has service offices in Bloomington, Galesburg, Joliet, Kankakee, McHenry, Ottawa, Peoria, Rockford, Rock Island, St. Charles, Waukegan, and Wheaton. Prairie State attorneys specialize in issues related to poverty law. Some of the cases commonly accepted for more extensive legal representation include, but are not limited to: domestic violence orders of protection; financial exploitation or abuse of the elderly or persons with disabilities; denials or evictions from public or subsidized housing; utility shut-offs; and improper garnishment of exempt income or assets.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
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Total in 2018
Hours of legal assistance offered
114,901
Number of participants counseled
14,730
% of clients reporting they understood the legal advice provided
96
% of clients whose cases are favorably resoved with legal representation
88
This impact information is current as of March 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

three stars

88.65

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 10/01/2019 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)
84.4%
  Administrative Expenses 10.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.75
  Program Expenses Growth 3.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 11.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Prairie State Legal Services on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Prairie State Legal Services on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Prairie State Legal Services (IL) 91.97 four stars
Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund (VA) 86.26 three stars
Chicago Legal Clinic (IL) 88.29 three stars
PILnet (NY) 85.72 three stars
Pacific Legal Foundation (CA) 93.53 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,532,472
   Federated Campaigns $550,108
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $9,080,253
Total Contributions $14,162,833
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $14,162,833
   Other Revenue $57,433
TOTAL REVENUE $14,220,266
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $10,723,964
   Administrative Expenses $1,464,566
   Fundraising Expenses $508,270
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $12,696,800
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,523,466
   
Net Assets $8,712,969

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 Services $10,723,964 100.0%

Ratings History
Prairie State Legal Services has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 10/01/2019 91.97 four stars
2017-12 11/01/2018 93.00 four stars
2016-12 02/01/2018 94.48 four stars
2015-12 12/01/2016 93.91 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 91.45 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 11/01/2015 91.76 four stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 91.97 four stars
2012-12 12/01/2013 86.05 three stars
2011-12 02/01/2013 89.79 three stars
2010-12 03/01/2012 90.51 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 89.05 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 03/01/2011 93.39 four stars
2008-12 04/01/2010 93.47 four stars
2007-12 04/01/2009 92.50 four stars
2006-12 09/01/2007 82.79 three stars
2005-12 10/01/2006 77.70 two stars
2004-12 01/01/2006 77.01 two stars
2003-12 10/01/2004 84.84 three stars
2002-12 10/01/2003 89.62 three stars
2001-12 10/15/2002 93.20 four 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 37-1030764
Name in IRS Master File PRAIRIE STATE 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 (462) Legal aid to indigents
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 September, 1977
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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$123,189 0.97% Michael O'Connor Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$140,475 1.10% David Wolowitz Associate Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Prairie State Legal Services (IL) 91.97 four stars
Transgender Law Center (CA) 90.36 four stars
Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program (TX) 89.88 three stars
New York Legal Assistance Group Incorporated (NY) 91.77 four stars
Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy (NC) 91.27 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Prairie State Legal Services
303 N. Main, Suite 600
Rockford, IL 61101
tel: (815) 965-2134
fax: (815) 965-1081
TTY: (815) 965-5114
EIN: 37-1030764

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Board Leadership

Steven Greeley
President

CEO

Michael O'Connor
Executive Director

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