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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Advancing Latino civil rights since 1968

89.03

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

Board Leadership
Marcus Allen
Board President

CEO
Thomas A. Saenz
President and General Counsel

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.03
  Financial 93.34
  Accountability & Transparency 86.00
This rating was published 12/23/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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.

Financial

93.34

Accountability & Transparency

86.00

This rating was published 12/23/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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)
79.5%
  Administrative Expenses 15.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.20
  Program Expenses Growth 9.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 25.8%
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.

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Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (CA) 89.03
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,298,887
   Federated Campaigns $30,000
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $442,288
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $4,771,175
   Program Service Revenue $4,227,285
Total Primary Revenue $8,998,460
   Other Revenue $27,947
TOTAL REVENUE $9,026,407
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $7,048,511
   Administrative Expenses $1,252,057
   Fundraising Expenses $336,107
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $8,636,675
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $389,732
   
Net Assets $17,389,970

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 $3,161,897 44.9%
Fiscal Scholarships $1,877,209 26.6%
Public Policy $1,333,074 18.9%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2020-04 12/23/2021 89.03
2019-04 12/23/2020 89.08
2018-04 09/03/2019 86.84
2017-04 08/01/2018 87.37
2016-04 08/01/2017 85.88
2015-04 06/01/2016 87.27
 
CN 2.0
2014-04 09/01/2015 89.04
2013-04 08/01/2014 88.53
2012-04 07/01/2013 90.88
2011-04 05/01/2012 93.48
2010-04 09/20/2011 86.01
 
CN 1.0
2009-04 09/01/2010 90.80
2008-04 07/01/2009 76.83
2007-04 11/01/2008 81.76
2006-04 07/01/2007 83.38
2005-04 09/01/2006 98.51
2004-04 10/01/2005 75.08

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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • April, 2018
  • April, 2017
  • April, 2016
  • April, 2015
  • April, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$313,501 3.62% Thomas A. Saenz President and General Counsel

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (CA) 89.03
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The New World Foundation (NY) 89.48
Texas Civil Rights Project (TX) 95.97

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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

Marcus Allen
Board President

CEO

Thomas A. Saenz
President and General Counsel

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