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PA INNOCENCE PROJECT

Unlocking the Truth | Freeing the Innocent

Philadelphia, PA   |  www.painnocence.org
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PA INNOCENCE PROJECT

EIN: 26-3176893


Mission

The mission of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project is to exonerate those convicted of crimes they did not commit, to prevent innocent people from being prosecuted and convicted, and to help those wrongfully convicted transition to freedom.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Meredith Rapkin

Main address

1515 Market St., #300 Temple Law Center City

Philadelphia, PA 19102 USA

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EIN

26-3176893

Subject area info

Legal aid

Public interest law

Justice rights

Population served info

Incarcerated people

NTEE code info

Public Interest Law/Litigation (I83)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

Communication

Blog

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The National Registry of Exonerations, the centralized database tracking cases of wrongful conviction and exoneration in the US, has reported more than 3,400 exonerations since 1989 - more than 31,000 years lost to wrongful incarceration. Innocent Black defendants served a majority of that time. In fact, innocent Black Americans are 7 times more likely to be convicted of serious crimes, including murder, than innocent white Americans. In Pennsylvania, the National Registry of Exonerations has recorded 125 exonerations since 1989. The Pennsylvania Innocence Project receives hundreds of letters every year from incarcerated people requesting our help - more than 7,400 since we opened our doors in 2009. The deep flaws and inequities in the criminal legal system have a profound negative impact on the wrongfully convicted, their families, those harmed by the crime, our workforce and economy, and indeed our communities as a whole, with disproportionately negative impact on people of color.

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 for the Wrongfully Convicted

We provide legal services at no cost to innocent individuals wrongfully incarcerated in Pennsylvania. We have secured the release of more than 25 innocent people since our establishment in 2009. Our clients have lost an average of 22.5 years of their lives to wrongful conviction.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people

We provide re-entry programming for freed and exonerated people across the Commonwealth to aid in their transition to freedom. This is particularly important in Pennsylvania, where no compensation law is in place to provide resources for those who have been wrongfully convicted.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people
Incarcerated people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Innocence Network 2022

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 freed and exonerated people engaged in our re-entry programming

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Post-Release Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of incarcerated people who have requested our help

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Legal Services for the Wrongfully Convicted

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of clients freed and exonerated

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Legal Services for the Wrongfully Convicted

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Financials

PA INNOCENCE PROJECT
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2022 2022 Audited Financial Statement 2021 2021 Audited Financial Statement
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

38.36

Average of 136.20 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

5.6

Average of 14.2 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

18%

Average of 15% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of PA INNOCENCE PROJECT’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $110,550 $25,932 $284,959 $343,678 -$423,648
As % of expenses 16.3% 2.9% 30.0% 30.7% -30.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $110,550 $25,932 $284,959 $343,678 -$423,648
As % of expenses 16.3% 2.9% 30.0% 30.7% -30.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $719,598 $836,979 $1,320,766 $1,441,550 $1,126,094
Total revenue, % change over prior year -24.9% 16.3% 57.8% 9.1% -21.9%
Program services revenue 3.2% 2.0% 2.8% 1.5% 2.8%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 1.6% 1.5% 0.7% 1.2% 0.2%
Government grants 2.2% 0.0% 5.7% 16.4% 4.4%
All other grants and contributions 93.0% 96.4% 90.7% 81.0% 91.5%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.1% 0.1% 0.0% 1.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $679,627 $892,681 $949,140 $1,118,143 $1,380,451
Total expenses, % change over prior year 9.9% 31.3% 6.3% 17.8% 23.5%
Personnel 78.5% 67.7% 82.0% 75.3% 74.8%
Professional fees 6.9% 20.9% 7.6% 10.8% 11.5%
Occupancy 3.4% 2.8% 2.6% 2.2% 1.3%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 11.2% 8.7% 7.9% 11.7% 12.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $679,627 $892,681 $949,140 $1,118,143 $1,380,451
One month of savings $56,636 $74,390 $79,095 $93,179 $115,038
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $111,500 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $736,263 $967,071 $1,028,235 $1,322,822 $1,495,489

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 15.7 11.6 15.2 10.3 5.6
Months of cash and investments 20.8 16.4 20.5 20.7 12.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 20.2 15.8 18.4 19.3 12.0
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $890,354 $864,006 $1,201,777 $963,632 $646,776
Investments $286,333 $352,569 $417,996 $965,342 $830,640
Receivables $81,434 $20,945 $173,166 $66,099 $87,225
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 1.9% 2.1% 10.4% 2.8% 2.4%
Unrestricted net assets $1,146,419 $1,172,351 $1,457,310 $1,800,988 $1,377,340
Temporarily restricted net assets $87,566 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $87,566 $40,461 $154,200 $151,785 $164,683
Total net assets $1,233,985 $1,212,812 $1,611,510 $1,952,773 $1,542,023

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Meredith Rapkin

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Highest paid employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 02/23/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Doris DelTosto Brogan

Villanova University

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/23/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/23/2022

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Data
  • 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 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.
There are no contractors recorded for this organization.

Professional fundraisers

Fiscal year ending

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

Solicitation activities
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