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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Pacific Legal Foundation

Defending Liberty and Justice for All.

four stars

91.16

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

Board Leadership
Greg Evans
Chair of the Board

CEO
Steven D. Anderson
President and CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.16 four stars
  Financial 87.87 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, 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

three stars

87.87

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 12/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
68.8%
  Administrative Expenses 13.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 18.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.19
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.79
  Program Expenses Growth 16.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.4%
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.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Pacific Legal Foundation (CA) 91.16 four stars
Texas Civil Rights Project (TX) 92.97 four stars
Chinese for Affirmative Action (CA) 86.96 three stars
Wellstone Action Fund (MN) 86.92 three stars
The Sentencing Project (DC) 92.20 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $10,062,441
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $96,585
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $10,159,026
   Program Service Revenue $2,356,239
Total Primary Revenue $12,515,265
   Other Revenue $861,978
TOTAL REVENUE $13,377,243
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $8,546,886
   Administrative Expenses $1,679,575
   Fundraising Expenses $1,442,323
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $11,668,784
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,708,459
   
Net Assets $52,027,269

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

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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
2001-12 02/05/2003 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 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 December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

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).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$413,247 3.54% Steven D. Anderson President & CEO

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Pacific Legal Foundation (CA) 91.16 four stars
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (NY) 92.31 four stars
FairVote (MD) 92.38 four stars
Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty (MI) 99.01 four stars
Equal Justice Works (DC) 90.17 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Pacific Legal Foundation
930 G Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
tel: (916) 419-7111
fax: (916) 419-7747
EIN: 94-2197343

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Board Leadership

Greg Evans
Chair of the Board

CEO

Steven D. Anderson
President and CEO

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