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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Advancing Latino civil rights since 1968

three stars

86.84

634 South Spring Street 11th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90014
tel: (213) 629-2512   Web Site
EIN: 74-1563270

Board Leadership
Raul P. Lomeli-Azoubel
Chair

CEO
Thomas A. Saenz
President and General Counsel

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 86.84 three stars
  Financial 87.74 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 86.00 three stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1968, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) is the nation's leading nonprofit Latino legal organization. Often described as the law firm of the Latino community, MALDEF promotes equality and justice through litigation, advocacy, public policy, and community education in the areas of employment, immigrants' rights, voting rights, education, and language rights. MALDEF strives to implement programs that are structured to bring Latinos into the mainstream of American political and socio-economic life; providing better educational opportunities; encouraging participation in all aspects of society; and offering a positive vision for the future. Unique to MALDEF is an approach that combines advocacy, educational outreach, and litigation strategies to achieve socio-economic change.

Founded in 1968, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) is the nation's leading nonprofit Latino legal organization. Often described as the law firm of the Latino community, MALDEF promotes equality and justice through litigation, advocacy, public policy, and community education in the areas of employment, immigrants' rights, voting rights, education, and language rights. MALDEF strives to implement programs that are structured to bring Latinos into the mainstream of American political and socio-economic life; providing better educational opportunities; encouraging participation in all aspects of society; and offering a positive vision for the future. Unique to MALDEF is an approach that combines advocacy, educational outreach, and litigation strategies to achieve socio-economic change.

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Financial

three stars

87.74

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

86.00

This rating was published 09/03/2019 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)
78.9%
  Administrative Expenses 15.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.58
  Program Expenses Growth 4.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 18.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (CA) 86.84 three stars
American Jewish Committee (NY) 88.79 three stars
Kentucky Coalition (KY) 95.05 four stars
American Civil Liberties Union of Montana Foundation (MT) 91.27 four stars
Texas Civil Rights Project (TX) 95.12 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,202,479
   Federated Campaigns $47,571
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $986,040
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $5,236,090
   Program Service Revenue $2,965,056
Total Primary Revenue $8,201,146
   Other Revenue $50,124
TOTAL REVENUE $8,251,270
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,737,884
   Administrative Expenses $1,126,142
   Fundraising Expenses $413,348
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $7,277,374
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $973,896
   
Net Assets $10,624,364

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
Litigation $2,914,945 50.8%
Public Policy $1,331,439 23.2%
Community Education and Leadership Development $622,891 10.9%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-04 09/03/2019 86.84 three stars
2017-04 08/01/2018 87.37 three stars
2016-04 08/01/2017 85.88 three stars
2015-04 06/01/2016 87.27 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-04 09/01/2015 89.04 three stars
2013-04 08/01/2014 88.53 three stars
2012-04 07/01/2013 90.88 four stars
2011-04 05/01/2012 93.48 four stars
2010-04 09/20/2011 86.01 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-04 09/01/2010 90.80 four stars
2008-04 07/01/2009 76.83 two stars
2007-04 11/01/2008 81.76 three stars
2006-04 07/01/2007 83.38 three stars
2005-04 09/01/2006 98.51 four stars
2004-04 10/01/2005 75.08 two 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 74-1563270
Name in IRS Master File MEXICAN AMERICAN LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATIONAL FUND
NTEE Code R22
NTEE Classification Minority Rights
NTEE Type Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (160) Aid to the handicapped (see also 031)
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 July, 1967
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End April
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • April, 2017
  • April, 2016
  • April, 2015
  • April, 2014
  • April, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$252,210 3.46% Thomas A. Saenz President and General Counsel

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (CA) 86.84 three stars
ACLU Foundation of Massachusetts (MA) 91.65 four stars
Center for Individual Rights (DC) 94.58 four stars
Freedom From Religion Foundation (WI) 100.00 four stars
Voto Latino (DC) 87.82 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
634 South Spring Street
11th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90014
tel: (213) 629-2512
fax: (213) 629-0266
EIN: 74-1563270

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Board Leadership

Raul P. Lomeli-Azoubel
Chair

CEO

Thomas A. Saenz
President and General Counsel

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