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Pacific Legal Foundation

Defending Liberty and Justice for All.

four stars

93.53

930 G Street Sacramento, CA 95814
tel: (916) 419-7111   Web Site
EIN: 94-2197343

Board Leadership
Greg M. Evans
Chairman

CEO
Steven D. Anderson
President and CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 93.53 four stars
  Financial 91.37 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Pacific Legal Foundation litigates nationwide to secure all Americans' inalienable rights to live responsibly and productively in their pursuit of happiness. PLF combines strategic and principled litigation, communications, and research to achieve landmark court victories enforcing the Constitution's guarantee of individual liberty.

Governments at all levels undermine liberty by passing laws that interfere with peoples' right to freely associate and express themselves, acquire and use property, or earn an honest living. We use bold and innovative strategies to challenge burdensome laws in courts and legislatures across the country, and in the hearts and minds of the American public. Thanks to our donors' support, we represent all our clients for free.

Pacific Legal Foundation litigates nationwide to secure all Americans' inalienable rights to live responsibly and productively in their pursuit of happiness. PLF combines strategic and principled litigation, communications, and research to achieve landmark court victories enforcing the Constitution's guarantee of individual liberty.

Governments at all levels undermine liberty by passing laws that interfere with peoples' right to freely associate and express themselves, acquire and use property, or earn an honest living. We use bold and innovative strategies to challenge burdensome laws in courts and legislatures across the country, and in the hearts and minds of the American public. Thanks to our donors' support, we represent all our clients for free.

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Financial

four stars

91.37

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 05/01/2020 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)
72.3%
  Administrative Expenses 12.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 14.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.16
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.79
  Program Expenses Growth 19.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Pacific Legal Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
Joint Cost Allocation Adjustment applied. Learn more.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Pacific Legal Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Pacific Legal Foundation (CA) 93.53 four stars
Legal Voice (WA) 92.71 four stars
Maine Justice Foundation (ME) 89.28 three stars
Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County (CA) 95.61 four stars
Support Center for Child Advocates (PA) 91.30 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $13,608,144
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $13,608,144
   Program Service Revenue $700,180
Total Primary Revenue $14,308,324
   Other Revenue $4,118,686
TOTAL REVENUE $18,427,010
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $11,635,291
   Administrative Expenses $1,688,907
   Fundraising Expenses $2,117,028
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $15,441,226
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $2,985,784
   
Net Assets $61,534,830

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.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History
Pacific Legal Foundation has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 05/01/2020 93.53 four stars
2017-12 12/01/2018 91.16 four stars
2016-12 12/22/2017 88.86 three stars
2016-12 12/01/2017 88.70 three stars
2015-12 03/01/2017 87.86 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 84.41 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 84.95 three stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 77.43 two stars
2012-12 12/20/2013 78.39 two stars
2011-12 12/01/2012 83.35 three stars
2010-12 12/01/2011 82.12 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 80.73 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 03/01/2011 76.62 two stars
2008-12 04/01/2010 83.48 three stars
2007-12 11/01/2008 79.77 two stars
2006-12 12/01/2007 84.17 three stars
2005-12 12/01/2006 69.01 one star
2004-12 02/01/2006 78.86 two stars
2003-12 05/01/2005 85.79 three stars
2002-12 12/01/2003 89.95 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 94-2197343
Name in IRS Master File PACIFIC LEGAL FOUNDATION
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 (460) Public interest litigation activities
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 June, 1973
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
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$466,275 3.01% Steven D. Anderson President & CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Pacific Legal Foundation (CA) 93.53 four stars
Center for Constitutional Rights (NY) 91.62 four stars
Legal Voice (WA) 92.71 four stars
Mississippi Center for Justice (MS) 88.75 three stars
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NY) 92.31 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Pacific Legal Foundation
930 G Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
tel: (916) 419-7111
EIN: 94-2197343

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Board Leadership

Greg M. Evans
Chairman

CEO

Steven D. Anderson
President and CEO

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