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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Securing, through the rule of law, equal justice under law

four stars

97.46

1500 K Street NW 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 662-8600   Web Site
EIN: 52-0799246

Board Leadership
Judge Shira Scheindlin and Joseph K. West
Co-Chairs

CEO
Kristen Clarke
President & Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 97.46 four stars
  Financial 96.41 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is the nation's leading civil rights organization that works in partnership with the private bar to fight for a stronger and more inclusive democracy. The Lawyers' Committee is a nonpartisan organization, formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law. The Committee's major objective is to use the skills and resources of the bar to obtain equal opportunity for minorities by addressing factors that contribute to racial justice and economic opportunity. The Lawyers' Committee implements its mission and objectives by marshaling the pro bono resources of the bar for litigation, legal advocacy, public policy advocacy, and other forms of service by lawyers to the cause of civil rights.

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is the nation's leading civil rights organization that works in partnership with the private bar to fight for a stronger and more inclusive democracy. The Lawyers' Committee is a nonpartisan organization, formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law. The Committee's major objective is to use the skills and resources of the bar to obtain equal opportunity for minorities by addressing factors that contribute to racial justice and economic opportunity. The Lawyers' Committee implements its mission and objectives by marshaling the pro bono resources of the bar for litigation, legal advocacy, public policy advocacy, and other forms of service by lawyers to the cause of civil rights.

Financial

four stars

96.41

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 06/01/2021 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)
81.2%
  Administrative Expenses 11.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.51
  Program Expenses Growth 12.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 22.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Community meetings or town halls, Suggestion box/email
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To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
Our staff, Our board
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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (DC) 97.46 four stars
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The National Italian American Foundation (DC) 87.44 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $10,493,460
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,561,465
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $12,054,925
   Program Service Revenue $532,895
Total Primary Revenue $12,587,820
   Other Revenue $624,191
TOTAL REVENUE $13,212,011
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $8,424,599
   Administrative Expenses $1,073,387
   Fundraising Expenses $681,209
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $10,179,195
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $3,032,816
   
Net Assets $15,902,803

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
Voting Rights $2,385,664 28.3%
Public Education and General Legal $1,878,852 22.3%
Criminal Justice $673,267 8.0%

Ratings History
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 06/01/2021 97.46 four stars
2018-12 05/01/2020 97.39 four stars
2017-12 02/01/2020 88.64 three stars
2017-12 08/01/2019 88.29 three stars
2017-12 04/01/2019 87.31 three stars
2016-12 06/01/2018 82.33 three stars
2015-12 12/01/2017 78.69 two stars
2015-12 07/01/2017 78.14 two stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 73.34 two stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 88.94 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 87.56 three stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 93.27 four stars
2012-12 05/01/2014 85.14 three stars
2011-12 06/01/2013 76.83 two stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 80.51 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 76.98 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 06/01/2011 76.96 two stars
2008-12 06/01/2010 84.39 three stars
2007-12 05/01/2009 82.09 three stars
2006-12 04/01/2008 85.83 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 52-0799246
Name in IRS Master File LAWYERS COMMITTEE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS UNDER LAW
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (59) Other school related activities
(430) Defense of human and civil rights
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 November, 1963
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$274,824 2.69% Kristen Clarke President, Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (DC) 97.46 four stars
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Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
1500 K Street NW
9th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 662-8600
fax: (202) 783-0857
EIN: 52-0799246

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Board Leadership

Judge Shira Scheindlin and Joseph K. West
Co-Chairs

CEO

Kristen Clarke
President & Executive Director

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