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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

three stars

81.04

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

Board Leadership
Don Sparks
Chair

CEO
William Perry Pendley
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 81.04 three stars
  Financial 74.42 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00 four stars
This rating was published 10/01/2016 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Learn more about how we calculate the overall score and rating.

Financial

two stars

74.42

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

92.00

This rating was published 10/01/2016 and includes data from FY2015, 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)
63.8%
  Administrative Expenses 10.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 25.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.20
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.30
  Program Expenses Growth 2.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.2%
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) 81.04 three stars
Western Center on Law & Poverty (CA) 87.04 three stars
Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law (DC) 89.48 three stars
Center for Competitive Politics (VA) 95.32 four stars
South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc. (MA) 86.14 three stars

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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.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,214,523
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,214,523
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $2,214,523
   Other Revenue $5,369
TOTAL REVENUE $2,219,892
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,422,259
   Administrative Expenses $252,799
   Fundraising Expenses $612,170
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,287,228
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-67,336
   
Net Assets $8,466,727

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 $1,422,259 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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
2004-12 10/01/2005 58.18 one star
2003-12 09/01/2004 59.10 one star
2002-12 04/01/2004 57.43 one star

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, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011

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

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$280,500 12.26% William Perry Pendley President

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.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Mountain States Legal Foundation (CO) 81.04 three stars
Inner City Law Center (CA) 89.98 three stars
Education Law Center (NJ) 87.38 three stars
Chicago Bar Foundation (IL) 90.20 four stars
Public Counsel (CA) 92.20 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

Don Sparks
Chair

CEO

William Perry Pendley
President

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