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BET TZEDEK

Justice for All

aka Bet Tzedek Legal Services   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  www.bettzedek.org

Mission

Providing free legal services to those who need them most.

Ruling year info

1973

President & CEO

Mr. Diego Cartagena

Main address

3250 Wilshire Blvd. 13th Floor

Los Angeles, CA 90010 USA

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EIN

23-7304205

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are legal specialists and advocates dedicated to serving the most vulnerable people in our community. We meet client needs for high-quality legal assistance where no other free legal aid exists. We believe that the law should be the same for all among us, and that equal access to justice is the first step in curing poverty.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Legal Services

Bet Tzedek addresses important issues facing low-income residents of Los Angeles County, including housing, health care, consumer fraud, workers' rights, and Holocaust reparations.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients assisted with legal needs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Legal Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Legal Services

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Volunteer Hours

Number of small businesses and entrepreneurs represented in our Small Business Development Program.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

LGBTQ people, Ethnic and racial groups, Veterans

Related Program

Legal Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients seeking legal representation in our Preventing and Ending Homelessness Project.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Homeless people, Out-of-home youth

Related Program

Legal Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Dollar amount of stolen wages won for low-wage workers.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Legal Services

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of individuals served through our Transgender Legal Name and Gender Marker Clinics

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

LGBTQ people

Related Program

Legal Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Bet Tzedek was founded in 1974 by a small group of lawyers, rabbis, and community activists who sought to act upon a central tenet of Jewish law and tradition: “Tzedek, tzedek tirdof – Justice, justice you shall pursue." This doctrine establishes an obligation to advocate the just causes of the poor and helpless. Consistent with this mandate, Bet Tzedek provides assistance to all eligible needy residents throughout Los Angeles County, regardless of their racial, religious, or ethnic background.

Achieving social change through strategic lawsuits is a priority for Bet Tzedek. The agency's Impact Litigation program takes on cases that have the potential to change the lives of great numbers of people by modifying the law or by transforming public policy. Recent examples of such cases include: litigation against a local municipality for religious discrimination; challenging an ordinance's impact on elderly mobile home park tenants; litigation against a bank for unfair and unlawful practices after foreclosure; and representing tenants impacted by slum housing conditions. All of Bet Tzedek's work is driven by a vision of creating long-term change, but the Impact Litigation area creates that change in broad, sweeping motions. Impact litigation can and does lead to changes in the law that better protect workers, seniors, consumers and community members in general.

Bet Tzedek accomplishes these impressive results by engaging volunteer attorneys, paralegals, and other professionals in a dynamic way. The organization's positive reputation in the Los Angeles community makes recruitment an easy task. Volunteers, in fact, regularly come to us. Major law firms and corporate legal departments consistently deploy attorneys to do pro bono work for Bet Tzedek.

We protect vulnerable populations through: direct representation and aggressive impact litigation; education to help people know their rights; self-help guidance; and legislative advocacy. We are recognized nationally for effectively leveraging a small number of staff and many volunteers, including pro bono legal services from over 100 firms, to impact many thousands of people.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board of directors
as of 09/21/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Linda Michaelson

Sheppard Mullin

Term: 2022 - 2024

Robert M. Schwartz

O'Melveny & Myers

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/20/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/01/2019

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.