Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

CILS Benefactors Inc.

aka CILS Benefactors Inc.

Steamboat Springs, CO

Mission

CILS Benefactors Inc. Is a tax-exempt public charity established under section 501(c)3 of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Donations by United States taxpayers are tax deductible. We are a non-profit Colorado corporation, registered as a public charity in the State of Colorado. CILS Benefactors Inc. provides support to a wide variety of international programs organized by the Center for International Legal Studies, a non-profit entity based in Salzburg, Austria. We give scholarships for the LL.M. in Transnational Commercial Practice degree. We arrange short-term teaching assignments in Eastern Europe, Russia, Asia, Middle East, and Far East., fund university teams participating in the Foreign Direct Investment Arbitration Moot, and support international student internships.

Ruling Year

2009

President

Professor Dennis Campbell

Main Address

1815 Central Park Drive PO Box 774000, PMB 366

Steamboat Springs, CO 80477 USA

Keywords

Law, Internships, Moot Court, LL.M., teaching

EIN

26-3718473

 Number

7608814342

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

International Student Exchange and Aid (Q22)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

The great majority of lawyers - in all legal systems, whether the United States, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Latin America, or Asia - are the products of insular educations, necessarily focusing on the particular domestic legal system, its rules, and its requirements, and equipping the prospective lawyer to function within that particular system but not necessarily outside the system, i..e., interacting with lawyers from other legal systems, understanding the priorities of other legal systems and societies, and finding common ground that facilitates cross-border solutions. Each of the programs supported by CILS Benefactors Inc. addresses the need for providing law students and lawyers opportunities for cross-border and intra-cultural legal education.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Summer Law Internships

Foreign Direct Investment Arbitration Moot Competition

Pro Bono Teaching Assignments

LL.M. Scholarships for Young Lawyers

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of participants in study abroad and exchange programs

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Academics

Related program

Pro Bono Teaching Assignments

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of academic scholarships awarded

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

LL.M. Scholarships for Young Lawyers

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

LL.M. Scholarships for Young Lawyers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

LL.M. Scholarships for Young Lawyers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of pro bono hours contributed

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Pro Bono Teaching Assignments

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

The goals of CILS Benefactors Inc. are simple: to foster and create environments in which lawyers - old and young - and law students are required to use law as the common medium for cross-cultural communication. When an experienced lawyer seeks to explain the legal priorities of his or her legal system (and legal culture), he or she of necessity must take into consideration the legal and social priorities of the audience being addressed. CILS Benefactors Inc. wishes to assist in the training of lawyers and law students in the skills of recognizing cultural and social differences and the nature of the legal systems that have emerged from particular societies.

CILS Benefactors Inc. supports four programs, each of which has a particular impact on assisting lawyers and law students in improving their cross-cultural legal communication skills. 1. The International Internship Program places law students in law firms, legal departments, and international organizations outside their home countries. They not only work in an international office; they also live in the a foreign country during the period of internship. CILS Benefactors Inc. contributes to the travel and living expenses of the interns, 2. The LL.M. in Transnational Commercial Practice not only offers students from throughout the world the opportunity to learn in classrooms in Austria, Poland, China, and the United States but to engage with classmates from throughout the world (there were 33 lawyers aged 25 to 55, representing 13 legal systems in the 2019 sessions). CILS Benefactors Inc. provides substantial tuition scholarships to those admitted to the LL.M. program. 3. The Senior Lawyers Program sends experienced lawyers to pro bono, short-term teaching assignments to law faculties at universities in Eastern and Central Europe, the former Soviet Republics, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. The educational benefit is not limited to the students n these classes. The lawyers who teach in the program learn a great deal as well from the students they teach, the faculty members of the host university, and the city in which they live during the teaching assignment, CILS Benefactors Inc. contributes to the travel and living costs of the pro bono teachers and the training they receive that equips them to better function in a foreign legal and cultural setting. 4. The Foreign Direct Investment Arbitration Moot competition brings law students and faculty from universities from throughout the world to compete in regional and global rounds of arbitration. Regional and pre-moot competitions are held annually in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and Russia. The 2019 Global Finals were held in the United States and attracted 150 arbitrators and more than 350 students. CILS Benefactors Inc. contributes to the travel costs of many of the university teams, particularly those from developing or under-developed countries.

CILS Benefactors Inc. is uniquely equipped to meet the goals that it has identified for the four programs that it supports. The President of CILS Benefactors Inc. is the founder of the Center for International Legal Studies (CILS), a non-profit entity established in Austria in 1975. CILS has more than 5,000 lawyer members worldwide. It has links with more than 50 universities worldwide. It established the international internship program in 1978. It partnered with Lazarski University in Poland, with Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary, with Lixin University in China, and with Boston University in the United States to establish LL.M. programs in those venues. It has a larg network of universities that accept its appointees for teaching assignments. All these contacts are available to and art utilized by CILS Benefactors Inc.

It is not difficult for CILS Benefactors Inc. to measure its impact. CILS Benefactors Inc. does so by tallying the growth of participation in the programs that it supports. More than 800 lawyers have taken up pro bono teaching assignments since 2007 and, on average, 60 to 70 teachers are assigned each year. That participation faltered somewhat in 2009 and 2010 but has increased again since CILS Benefactors inc. began providing support for the volunteers. Since its inception, the international internship program has provided training posts abroad for nearly 300 law students. Again, participation in the internship program was declining until CILS Benefactors Inc began providing travel and living assistance to students. As noted, there were 33 lawyers in the LL.M. program in 2019, almost all of them using scholarships to reduce tuition costs. CILS Benefactors Inc. has supported the LL.M program since its inception and enrollment has remained steady. CILS Benefactors Inc. plays a lesser role in supporting the Foreign Direct Investment Arbitration Moot because there are corporate sponsors who have stepped forward. Nevertheless, CILS Benefactors Inc. does provide aid when and where needed, and the 2019 competiton, with more than 500 participants, was the largest ever.

The category above testifies to all that CILS Benefactors Inc. has accomplished thus far. All this has been achieved with a somewhat minimal effort at fund raising. In fact, until now, fund raising has been rather casual, CILS Benefactors Inc. is convinced tat, with a more formalized and sophisticated fund raising effort, it will be able to expand its support for the four programs identified above and open the way to new projects as well. The early returns on those fund raining efforts are promising.

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

Not Applicable

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Not Applicable

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Not Applicable

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Not Applicable

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Not Applicable

Organizational Demographics

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? This organization has voluntarily shared information to answer this important question and to support sector-wide learning. GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/03/2019

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender Identity
Male, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual Orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability Status
Person without a disability

Race & Ethnicity

Gender Identity

Sexual Orientation

Disability

Equity Strategies

Last updated: 12/03/2019

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data

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We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
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We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
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We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.

Policies and processes

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We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
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We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
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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.