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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
Legal Aid Society

A BBB Accredited charity

 


  • Meets all standards

Expiration Date:
09/2014
Name:
The Legal Aid Society
Address:
199 Water Street
New York, NY 10013
Phone:
212-577-3301
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 poor New Yorkers. 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 the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.




Programs
 

              
The Legal Aid Society has performed this role in city, state and federal courts since 1876. It does so by capitalizing on the diverse expertise, experience, and capabilities of 1,000 of the brightest legal minds. These 1,000 Legal Aid Society lawyers work with 600 social workers, investigators, paralegals and support and administrative staff. Through a network of borough, neighborhood, and courthouse offices in 25 locations in New York City, the Society provides comprehensive legal services in all five boroughs of New York City for clients who cannot afford to pay for private counsel. The Society's legal program operates three major practices - Civil, Criminal and Juvenile Rights - and receives volunteer help from law firms, corporate law departments and expert consultants that is coordinated by the Society's Pro Bono program. Annually, the Society handles more than 300,000 cases and legal matters for clients with civil, criminal, and juvenile rights problems. The Legal Aid Society takes on more cases for more clients than any other legal services organization in the United States. And it brings a depth and breadth of perspective that is unmatched in the legal profession. The Legal Aid Society's unique value is an ability to go beyond any one case to create more equitable outcomes for individuals and broader, more powerful systematic change for society as a whole. In addition to the annual caseload of 300,000 individual cases and legal matters, the Society's law reform work benefits some 2 million low-income families and individuals.



Governance
 

              
Chief Executive Officer:
Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief
Compensation*:
$207,223
Chair of the Board:
Richard J. Davis
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
Offices of Richard J. Davis
Board Size:
56
Paid Staff Size:
1638



*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, planned giving arrangements, Annual Awards Dinner, Annual Associates' Summer Event
Fund raising costs were .5% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $175,522,962, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)




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, 2011.

Source of Funds  

Criminal Defense Practice

$108,358,754

Juvenile Rights Practice

36,758,122

Civil Practice

16,690,153

Contributions

13,715,933

Return on investments, net

426,605

Court awards for services

135,197

Other income

698

Total Income

$176,085,462

Program Expenses  

Criminal Defense Practice

$99,294,504

Juvenile Rights Practice

35,610,932

Civil Practice

28,850,937
Total Program Expenses:
Fund Raising Expenses
Administrative Expenses

Total expenses

Income in Excess of Expenses

163,756,373
833,621
10,662,811

$175,252,805

$832,657




Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses


Programs: 93%  Fund Raising: 1%  Administrative 6% 
Roll the cursor over the pie chart to see the dollar amounts.


Beginning net assets $(46,252,059)
7,552,860
Ending net assets (37,866,542)
Total liabilities 85,417,559

Total assets

$47,551,017






 

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