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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
Latino Justice PRLDEF

A BBB Accredited charity


  • Meets all standards

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Latino Justice PRLDEF
Formerly known as:
Puerto Rican Legal Defense & Education Fund
99 Hudson Street
14th Floor
New York, NY 10013
Year, State Incorporated:
1972, New York
Stated Purpose:
" LatinoJustice PRLDEF champions an equitable society. Using the power of the law together with education and advocacy, LatinoJustice PRLDEF protects opportunities for all Latinos to succeed in work and school, fulfill their dreams, and sustain their families and communities. "

Evaluation Conclusions

Latino Justice PRLDEF does not meet the following Standard for Charity Accountability.

Standard 14 : Budget - Have a board-approved annual budget for its current fiscal year, outlining projected expenses for major program activities, fund raising, and administration.

  • The budget provided by the organization does not clearly identify the projected amounts to be spent on program service activities, fund raising activities, and administrative activities.

Latino Justice PRLDEF meets the remaining 19 Standards for Charity Accountability.


LatinoJustice PRLDEF is a pan-Latino civil rights organization that represents all Latinos, regardless of nationality and country of origin. PRLDEF argues legal cases that have implications for Latinos locally and throughout the United States. Some of the cases pertain to discriminatory hiring policies for civil service jobs, public housing for Latinos, securing public assistance services in Spanish, and protecting the rights of migrant workers. In addition, PRLDEF offers educational programs to assist Latinos interested in attending law school. LAWbound is a week-long summer intensive program which offers classroom instruction, panel instructions, and field trips. Some other programs include an LSAT Prep Course and PRLDEF’s Annual Law Day, which is open to both college and high school students.


Chief Executive Officer:
Mr. Juan Cartagena, President & General Counsel
Chair of the Board:
Ms. Indrani M. Franchini
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
Chief Compliance Counsel / Hess Corporation
Board Size:
Paid Staff Size:

*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, grant proposals, internet.
Fund raising costs were 12.2% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $2,576,195, 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.


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

Source of Funds  



Event revenue, net of direct donor benefits


Legal Fees recovered, net


Rental Revenue


Education Fees


Investment Return


Total Income


Program Expenses  






Total Program Expenses:
Fund Raising Expenses
Administrative Expenses

Total expenses

Expenses in Excess of Income




Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 78%  Fund Raising: 11%  Administrative 11% 
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Beginning net assets $1,647,754
Ending net assets 1,633,583
Total liabilities 1,023,954

Total assets



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