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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education (Grantmaking)

Equal Justice Works

Mobilizing passionate public service leaders.

four stars

92.89

1730 M St., NW Ste. 800
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 466-3686   Web Site
EIN: 52-1469738

Board Leadership
Randal S. Milch
Chair

CEO
David Stern
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.89 four stars
  Financial 93.91 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00 four stars
This rating was published 11/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

We create opportunities for lawyers to transform their passion for equal justice into a lifelong commitment to public service. Equal Justice Works is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization and is the nation's largest facilitator of opportunities in public interest law. Equal Justice Works brings together an extensive network of law students, lawyers, legal services organizations, and supporters to promote a lifelong commitment to public service and equal justice. The organization believes that a community of lawyers committed to public service can fulfill our nation's promise of equal justice for all. Following their Fellowships, more than 85% of Equal Justice Works Fellows remain in public service positions, continuing to pursue equal justice for underserved communities.

We create opportunities for lawyers to transform their passion for equal justice into a lifelong commitment to public service. Equal Justice Works is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization and is the nation's largest facilitator of opportunities in public interest law. Equal Justice Works brings together an extensive network of law students, lawyers, legal services organizations, and supporters to promote a lifelong commitment to public service and equal justice. The organization believes that a community of lawyers committed to public service can fulfill our nation's promise of equal justice for all. Following their Fellowships, more than 85% of Equal Justice Works Fellows remain in public service positions, continuing to pursue equal justice for underserved communities.

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Financial

four stars

93.91

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

92.00

This rating was published 11/01/2019 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)
81.2%
  Administrative Expenses 11.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.18
  Program Expenses Growth 11.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 27.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Equal Justice Works on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Equal Justice Works on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Equal Justice Works (DC) 92.89 four stars
Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law (NY) 91.92 four stars
Voto Latino (DC) 87.82 three stars
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (CA) 86.84 three stars
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $18,525,700
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $361,500
   Fundraising Events $4,054,964
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $3,833,954
Total Contributions $26,776,118
   Program Service Revenue $72,900
Total Primary Revenue $26,849,018
   Other Revenue $228,514
TOTAL REVENUE $27,077,532
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $16,611,769
   Administrative Expenses $3,126,291
   Fundraising Expenses $464,409
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $20,202,469
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $6,875,063
   
Net Assets $22,000,068

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
Fellowships $7,871,894 47.4%
AmeriCorps Legal Fellows $5,854,338 35.2%
Law School Engagement and Advocacy $1,358,051 8.2%

Ratings History
Equal Justice Works has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-08 11/01/2019 92.89 four stars
2017-08 10/01/2019 91.75 four stars
2017-08 09/01/2018 90.17 four stars
2015-06 10/01/2016 91.26 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 89.04 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 88.70 three stars
2013-06 04/01/2015 88.98 three stars
2012-06 12/20/2013 90.04 four stars
2011-06 06/01/2013 91.07 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 52-1469738
Name in IRS Master File EQUAL JUSTICE WORKS
NTEE Code I11
NTEE Classification Single Organization Support
NTEE Type Crime, Legal-Related
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (149) Other instruction and training
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, 1986
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End August
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • August, 2017
  • August, 2016
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$283,180 1.40% David Stern Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Equal Justice Works (DC) 92.89 four stars
FairVote (MD) 91.45 four stars
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (NY) 89.00 three stars
Voto Latino (DC) 87.82 three stars
Violence Policy Center (DC) 92.92 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Equal Justice Works
1730 M St., NW
Ste. 800
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 466-3686
fax: (202) 429-9766
EIN: 52-1469738

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Board Leadership

Randal S. Milch
Chair

CEO

David Stern
Executive Director

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