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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
Legal Aid Society

A BBB Accredited charity

 


  • Meets all standards

Expiration Date:
09/2016
Name:
Legal Aid Society
Address:
199 Water Street
New York, NY 10038
Phone:
212-577-3300
Year, State Incorporated:
1876, New York
Affiliates:
None
Stated Purpose:
" The Legal Aid Society, the nation's oldest and largest not-for-profit legal services organization, is more than a law firm for clients who cannot afford to pay the counsel. It is an indispensable component of the legal, social, and economic fabric of New York City -passionately advocating for low-income individuals and families across a variety of civil, criminal and juvenile rights matters, while also fighting for legal reform. "






Evaluation Conclusions
 

              
Legal Aid Society meets 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.




Programs
 

              
The Legal Aid Society has performed this role in city, state and federal courts since 1876. We do so by capitalizing on the diverse expertise, experience, and capabilities of more than 1,100 of the brightest legal minds. The Society's legal program operates three major practices - Civil, Criminal and Juvenile Rights through a network of borough, neighborhood, and courthouse-based offices in 26 locations in New York City with more than 1,800 attorneys, paralegals, and support staff, along with volunteer help from law firms, corporate law departments, and expert consultants coordinated by the Society's Pro Bono program. As a result, we are able to provide comprehensive legal services to fulfill our mission that no New Yorker should be denied access to justice because of poverty. With an annual caseload of more than 300,000 legal matters, The Legal Aid Society takes on more cases for more clients than any other legal services organization in the United States. The depth and breadth of knowledge that we provide is unmatched in the legal profession.



Governance
 

              
Chief Executive Officer:
Mr. Seymour W. James Jr., Attorney-in-Chief
Compensation*:
$207,000
Highest Paid Executive:
Mr. Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief
Compensation*
: $253,928
Chair of the Board:
Mr. Richard J. Davis
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
Offices of Richard J. Davis
Board Size:
53
Paid Staff Size:
1978



*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.




Fund Raising
 

              
Method(s) Used:


Direct mail appeals, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements (newspapers, magazines, etc.), grant proposals




Tax Status
 

              
This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.




Financial
 

              
The following information is based on the Legal Aid Society's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Source of Funds  

Criminal Defense Practice

$145,448,719

Revenue from Legal Services

91,042,379

Juvenile Rights Practice

43,282,149

Civil Practice

21,230,743

Contributions

14,305,794

Return on investments, net

488,664

Court awards

202,595

Other income

11,527

Program expenses from legal services

(91,042,379)

Total Income

$224,970,191

Program Expenses  

Criminal Defense Practice

$132,206,170

Juvenile Rights Practice

39,481,305

Civil Practice

32,340,707
Total Program Expenses:
Fund Raising Expenses
Administrative Expenses

Total expenses

Income in Excess of Expenses

204,028,182
893,112
13,066,261

$217,987,555

$6,982,636




Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses


Programs: 94%  Fund Raising: %  Administrative 6% 
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Beginning net assets $(37,839,522)
Ending net assets (39,411,572)
Total liabilities 105,491,432

Total assets

$66,079,860






 

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