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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Washington Legal Foundation

Advocating for freedom and justice

71.66

2009 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 588-0302   Web Site
EIN: 52-1071570

Board Leadership
Jay Stephens
Chair

CEO
Constance Claffey Larcher
President, CEO

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 71.66
  Financial 77.27
  Accountability & Transparency 67.00
This rating was published 06/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Established in 1977, the Washington Legal Foundation (WLF) shapes public policy and fights activist lawyers, regulators, and intrusive government agencies at the federal and state levels, in the courts and regulatory agencies across the country. WLF has one goal: to defend and promote the principles of freedom and justice. WLF is a unique institution with three essential cornerstone programs: shaping public policy through aggressive litigation and advocacy; publishing timely legal studies; and educating policy-makers and the public through extensive communications outreach. The Foundation has developed into the nation's preeminent center for public interest law, advocating free-enterprise principles, responsible government, property rights, a strong national security and defense, and a balanced civil and criminal justice system.

Established in 1977, the Washington Legal Foundation (WLF) shapes public policy and fights activist lawyers, regulators, and intrusive government agencies at the federal and state levels, in the courts and regulatory agencies across the country. WLF has one goal: to defend and promote the principles of freedom and justice. WLF is a unique institution with three essential cornerstone programs: shaping public policy through aggressive litigation and advocacy; publishing timely legal studies; and educating policy-makers and the public through extensive communications outreach. The Foundation has developed into the nation's preeminent center for public interest law, advocating free-enterprise principles, responsible government, property rights, a strong national security and defense, and a balanced civil and criminal justice system.

Financial

77.27

Accountability & Transparency

67.00

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)
66.7%
  Administrative Expenses 22.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 11.47
  Program Expenses Growth -1.7%
  Liabilities to Assets < 0.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Washington Legal Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Washington Legal Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Washington Legal Foundation (DC) 71.66
The Sentencing Project (DC) 90.17
California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CA) 91.63
Southern Poverty Law Center (AL) 93.53
Southern Center for Human Rights (GA) 99.61

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,018,426
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,018,426
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $2,018,426
   Other Revenue $586,925
TOTAL REVENUE $2,605,351
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,530,617
   Administrative Expenses $489,514
   Fundraising Expenses $398,760
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,418,891
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $186,460
   
Net Assets $27,853,278

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
2019-12 06/01/2021 71.66
2018-12 03/01/2020 74.72
2017-12 04/01/2019 75.08
2016-12 04/01/2018 70.73
2015-12 03/01/2017 67.34
2014-12 06/01/2016 68.33
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 02/01/2016 66.43
2013-12 07/01/2015 68.86
2012-12 02/01/2014 74.78
2011-12 07/01/2013 66.58
2010-12 04/01/2012 71.85
2009-12 09/20/2011 67.71
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 06/01/2011 71.90
2008-12 06/01/2010 77.36
2007-12 06/01/2009 76.98
2006-12 05/01/2008 73.58
2005-12 03/01/2007 70.50
2004-12 05/01/2006 81.80
2003-12 06/01/2005 92.02

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 52-1071570
Name in IRS Master File WASHINGTON LEGAL FOUNDATION
NTEE Code I83
NTEE Classification Public Interest Law, Litigation
NTEE Type Crime, Legal-Related
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (460) Public interest litigation activities
(124) Study and research (non-scientific)
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, 1977
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, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$403,169 16.66% Constance C. Larcher Chairman, President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Washington Legal Foundation (DC) 71.66
National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation (VA) 85.90
Southern Poverty Law Center (AL) 93.53
National Low Income Housing Coalition (DC) 92.02
Leadership Conference Education Fund (DC) 92.22

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Charity Contact Info

Washington Legal Foundation
2009 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 588-0302
EIN: 52-1071570

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Board Leadership

Jay Stephens
Chair

CEO

Constance Claffey Larcher
President, CEO

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