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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education (Grantmaking)

Equal Justice Works

Mobilizing passionate public service leaders.

91.85

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

Board Leadership
Ivan Fong
Chair

CEO
David Stern
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.85
  Financial 91.72
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00
This rating was published 04/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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.

Financial

91.72

Accountability & Transparency

92.00

This rating was published 04/01/2021 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)
82.3%
  Administrative Expenses 10.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.92
  Program Expenses Growth 12.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 30.2%
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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Equal Justice Works (DC) 91.85
Center for Individual Rights (DC) 91.36
Southern Center for Human Rights (GA) 99.61
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (CA) 89.08
Urban League of Greater Madison (WI) 86.34

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $10,950,204
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $367,250
   Fundraising Events $3,391,586
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $5,476,754
Total Contributions $20,185,794
   Program Service Revenue $90,433
Total Primary Revenue $20,276,227
   Other Revenue $-60,407
TOTAL REVENUE $20,215,820
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $19,275,861
   Administrative Expenses $2,006,175
   Fundraising Expenses $1,906,385
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $23,188,421
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-2,972,601
   
Net Assets $19,313,470

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 $18,068,965 93.7%
Law School Engagement and Advocacy $1,206,896 6.3%

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

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-08 04/01/2021 91.85
2018-08 11/01/2019 92.89
2017-08 10/01/2019 91.75
2017-08 09/01/2018 90.17
2015-06 10/01/2016 91.26
2014-06 06/01/2016 89.04
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 88.70
2013-06 04/01/2015 88.98
2012-06 12/20/2013 90.04
2011-06 06/01/2013 91.07

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
$289,123 1.24% David Stern Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Equal Justice Works (DC) 91.85
American Association of People with Disabilities (DC) 95.53
UnidosUS (DC) 90.98
Southern Center for Human Rights (GA) 99.61
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (NY) 91.67

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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

Ivan Fong
Chair

CEO

David Stern
Executive Director

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