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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Neighborhood Legal Services Association

Equal treatment under the law

four stars

92.02

928 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15222
tel: (866) 761-6572   Web Site
EIN: 25-1157129

Board Leadership
Laura N.K. Miller
President

CEO
Robert Racunas
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.02 four stars
  Financial 97.50 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Neighborhood Legal Services Association (NLSA) was established in 1966 as a non-profit, public interest law firm to provide civil legal assistance to poor and vulnerable residents of Allegheny (and later) Beaver, Butler and Lawrence Counties. Staffed by highly qualified lawyers, deeply committed to the practice of poverty law, NLSA attorneys sacrifice higher salaries available to private practitioners and lawyers employed in the public sector in order to provide civil legal assistance to people who cannot afford a lawyer. All of the cases that NLSA handles have reached a crisis stage that threatens the fundamental safety and security of low-income individuals living in the region. Since 1966, NLSA has provided civil legal services to over 1.1 million low-income clients and victims of domestic violence who would otherwise have been denied access to the justice system.

Neighborhood Legal Services Association (NLSA) was established in 1966 as a non-profit, public interest law firm to provide civil legal assistance to poor and vulnerable residents of Allegheny (and later) Beaver, Butler and Lawrence Counties. Staffed by highly qualified lawyers, deeply committed to the practice of poverty law, NLSA attorneys sacrifice higher salaries available to private practitioners and lawyers employed in the public sector in order to provide civil legal assistance to people who cannot afford a lawyer. All of the cases that NLSA handles have reached a crisis stage that threatens the fundamental safety and security of low-income individuals living in the region. Since 1966, NLSA has provided civil legal services to over 1.1 million low-income clients and victims of domestic violence who would otherwise have been denied access to the justice system.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
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Total in 2018
Number of unique website visitors
48,396
Number of community events or trainings held and attendance
79
Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization
4,037
Number of Cases Handled in a Fiscal Year
7,523
Number of Cases Handled in a Fiscal Year
7,523
Number of clients served
14,997
This impact information is current as of March 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

four stars

97.50

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 06/01/2020 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)
91.4%
  Administrative Expenses 6.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 1.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.51
  Program Expenses Growth 11.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Neighborhood Legal Services Association on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Neighborhood Legal Services Association on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Neighborhood Legal Services Association (PA) 92.02 four stars
Alabama Law Foundation (AL) 91.19 four stars
South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc. (MA) 87.14 three stars
Transgender Law Center (CA) 90.36 four stars
San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program (CA) 92.22 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,640,862
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $812,562
Total Contributions $5,453,424
   Program Service Revenue $39,615
Total Primary Revenue $5,493,039
   Other Revenue $8,548
TOTAL REVENUE $5,501,587
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,038,284
   Administrative Expenses $358,245
   Fundraising Expenses $47,749
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,444,278
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $57,309
   
Net Assets $2,403,397

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 Representation $5,038,284 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 06/01/2020 92.02 four stars
2018-06 10/01/2019 88.16 three stars
2017-06 06/01/2018 86.50 three stars
2016-06 09/01/2017 86.95 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 25-1157129
Name in IRS Master File NEIGHBORHOOD LEGAL SERVICES ASSOCIATION
NTEE Code I80
NTEE Classification Legal Services
NTEE Type Crime, Legal-Related
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (430) Defense of human and civil rights
(59) Other school related activities
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, 1967
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$150,611 2.76% Robert Racunas Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Neighborhood Legal Services Association (PA) 92.02 four stars
Lawyers Committee for Better Housing (IL) 87.69 three stars
Bet Tzedek (CA) 91.17 four stars
Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia (DC) 97.53 four stars
New York Legal Assistance Group Incorporated (NY) 91.77 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Neighborhood Legal Services Association
928 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
tel: (866) 761-6572
fax: (412) 355-0168
EIN: 25-1157129

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Board Leadership

Laura N.K. Miller
President

CEO

Robert Racunas
Executive Director

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