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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Mountain States Legal Foundation

Committed to preserving the liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and defending the rule of law

two stars

74.52

2596 South Lewis Way Lakewood, CO 80227
tel: (303) 292-2021   Web Site
EIN: 84-0736725

Board Leadership
Roy G. Cohee
Chair

CEO
Cristen Wohlgemuth
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 74.52 two stars
  Financial 64.10 one star
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF) is a nonprofit, public- interest legal foundation dedicated to individual liberty, the right to own and use property, limited and ethical government, and the free enterprise system. MSLF undertakes nationally significant public interest litigation, throughout the country, without charge (pro bono) on behalf of deserving clients who cannot afford to hire private counsel. MSLF provides a strong and effective voice for freedom of enterprise, the rights of private property ownership, and the multiple use of federal and state resources. MSLF also champions the rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution in support of individual and business enterprises and against unwarranted government intrusion.

Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF) is a nonprofit, public- interest legal foundation dedicated to individual liberty, the right to own and use property, limited and ethical government, and the free enterprise system. MSLF undertakes nationally significant public interest litigation, throughout the country, without charge (pro bono) on behalf of deserving clients who cannot afford to hire private counsel. MSLF provides a strong and effective voice for freedom of enterprise, the rights of private property ownership, and the multiple use of federal and state resources. MSLF also champions the rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution in support of individual and business enterprises and against unwarranted government intrusion.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2019
Number of Active Cases
32
This impact information is current as of August 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

one star

64.10

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 08/01/2020 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)
55.6%
  Administrative Expenses 15.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 29.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.26
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.77
  Program Expenses Growth -2.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Mountain States Legal Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Mountain States Legal Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Mountain States Legal Foundation (CO) 74.52 two stars
Legal Services for Children (CA) 87.55 three stars
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (WA) 92.21 four stars
And Justice for All (UT) 92.09 four stars
Chicago Bar Foundation (IL) 88.43 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,712,673
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,712,673
   Program Service Revenue $4,130
Total Primary Revenue $2,716,803
   Other Revenue $106,490
TOTAL REVENUE $2,823,293
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,331,155
   Administrative Expenses $526,692
   Fundraising Expenses $824,053
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,681,900
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $141,393
   
Net Assets $10,506,422

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
Legal Activities $1,331,155 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 08/01/2020 74.52 two stars
2018-12 04/01/2020 74.45 two stars
2017-12 12/01/2018 78.73 two stars
2017-12 09/01/2018 78.10 two stars
2016-12 08/01/2017 79.10 two stars
2015-12 10/01/2016 81.04 three stars
2014-12 09/01/2016 85.61 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 84.80 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 11/01/2015 86.45 three stars
2013-12 07/01/2014 88.38 three stars
2012-12 10/01/2013 79.86 two stars
2011-12 10/01/2012 73.43 two stars
2010-12 06/01/2012 75.62 two stars
2010-12 11/01/2011 72.14 two stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 70.76 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 11/01/2010 61.71 one star
2008-12 11/01/2009 68.91 one star
2007-12 11/01/2008 82.09 three stars
2006-12 10/01/2007 71.84 two stars
2005-12 10/01/2006 82.27 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 84-0736725
Name in IRS Master File MOUNTAIN STATES LEGAL FOUNDATION
NTEE Code R60
NTEE Classification Civil Liberties Advocacy
NTEE Type Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
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 August, 1977
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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$259,059 9.65% William Perry Pendley Former President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Mountain States Legal Foundation (CO) 74.52 two stars
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (WA) 92.21 four stars
Capital Area Immigrants Rights Coalition (DC) 95.40 four stars
Mississippi Center for Justice (MS) 88.75 three stars
D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center (DC) 91.32 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Mountain States Legal Foundation
2596 South Lewis Way
Lakewood, CO 80227
tel: (303) 292-2021
fax: (303) 292-1980
EIN: 84-0736725

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Board Leadership

Roy G. Cohee
Chair

CEO

Cristen Wohlgemuth
President

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