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Friends of the Legal Resources Centre of South Africa

aka FoLRC   |   Washington, DC   |  https://friendsofthelrc.org/
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Friends of the Legal Resources Centre of South Africa

EIN: 52-1188054


Mission

The organization was formed to support the Legal Resources Centre of South Africa (the “LRC”), an independent public interest law firm advocating for the rights of poor and marginalized people in South Africa. The organization assists the LRC financially, contributes to its work through joint initiatives, and helps publicize its accomplishments in the United States and globally.

Ruling year info

1981

Board Chair

Teresa Clarke

Board Vice President

Paul Roye

Main address

712 H Street NE #944

Washington, DC 20002 USA

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Formerly known as

SOUTHERN AFRICA LEGAL SERVICES FOUNDATION

EIN

52-1188054

Subject area info

Education

Legal services

Human rights

Population served info

People of African descent

Low-income people

Extremely poor people

Working poor

NTEE code info

International Human Rights (Q70)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (S12)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Friends of the LRC supports the Legal Resources Centre (LRC), a human rights organization in South Africa, focused towards the two biggest crises facing South Africa, the land debate and the provision of quality education to children. The LRC works to use the law, in particular constitutional and customary law, to support democratic practices and institutions in land reform to ensure that land is restored to communities prejudiced by unjust and discriminatory colonial and apartheid-induced laws and practices. The LRC has successfully litigated a number of cases that have uplifted the right to education of learners across South Africa. The LRC is currently developing further advocacy campaigns and strategic litigation to continue to uphold the basic education rights of all learners in South Africa.

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?

Education Rights

Poverty, inequality, hunger, crime and parental education levels are interconnecting reasons behind poor education outcomes in South Africa, particularly among predominantly black and/or rural communities. In 2020, the Department of Basic Education reported that over 5000 schools have little to no water supply, over 400 schools have no electricity supply and over 3000 schools use pit toilets as their main ablution facilities. Additionally, many schools’ classrooms are overcrowded, with some schools reporting a 60:1 learner to teacher ratio. Major, structural change is necessary to ensure that South Africa meets its constitutional obligations regarding the provision of education.

Population(s) Served
People of African descent
Families
Non-adult children

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 donations made by board members

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People of African descent

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

By financially supporting the LRC, we will help enable them to undertake evidence-informed action focused on advancing the transformation of South Africa as a democratic society, using the law as an instrument to remove persistent and pervasive structural obstacles to human rights.

Friends of the LRC will continue to receive funds and oversee a portfolio held in the United States for the ultimate benefit of the LRC to be able to continue dismantling injustices faced in South Africa.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects

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Financials

Friends of the Legal Resources Centre of South Africa
Fiscal year: Apr 01 - Mar 31
Financial documents
2022 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 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

155.09

Average of 63.46 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

3.4

Average of 9.3 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

0%

Average of 18% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Friends of the Legal Resources Centre of South Africa

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Apr 01 - Mar 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Friends of the Legal Resources Centre of South Africa

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Apr 01 - Mar 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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Friends of the Legal Resources Centre of South Africa

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Apr 01 - Mar 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Friends of the Legal Resources Centre of South Africa’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 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$99,409 -$1,066,213 $1,096,999 $113,175 -$551,939
As % of expenses -52.0% -100.6% 793.4% 55.5% -208.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$99,409 -$1,066,213 $1,096,999 $113,175 -$551,939
As % of expenses -52.0% -100.6% 793.4% 55.5% -208.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $342,386 $205,945 $344,914 $315,487 $177,246
Total revenue, % change over prior year -8.4% -39.9% 67.5% -8.5% -43.8%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 126.1% 60.6% 34.8% 50.4% 87.5%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 7.8% 32.7% 14.0% 13.5% 16.0%
Other revenue -33.9% 6.7% 51.2% 36.2% -3.5%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $191,342 $1,059,715 $138,274 $204,066 $264,521
Total expenses, % change over prior year -13.1% 453.8% -87.0% 47.6% 29.6%
Personnel 40.3% 13.5% 1.3% 1.3% 0.0%
Professional fees 9.4% 7.9% 87.8% 63.6% 40.1%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 29.2% 76.8% 0.0% 26.5% 50.1%
All other expenses 21.1% 1.8% 10.9% 8.6% 9.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $191,342 $1,059,715 $138,274 $204,066 $264,521
One month of savings $15,945 $88,310 $11,523 $17,006 $22,043
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $207,287 $1,148,025 $149,797 $221,072 $286,564

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 21.5 0.4 5.4 2.5 3.4
Months of cash and investments 334.4 48.1 458.4 316.8 219.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 327.4 47.0 455.7 315.4 218.3
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $342,373 $32,408 $62,181 $43,211 $75,926
Investments $4,989,795 $4,212,850 $5,219,770 $5,344,395 $4,765,798
Receivables $5,150 $0 $10,765 $0 $2,750
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) 2.3% 2.2% 0.6% 0.5% 0.6%
Unrestricted net assets $5,219,866 $4,153,653 $5,250,652 $5,363,827 $4,811,888
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 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 $0 $0 $10,765 $0 $2,750
Total net assets $5,219,866 $4,153,653 $5,261,417 $5,363,827 $4,814,638

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Board Chair

Teresa Clarke

Board Vice President

Paul Roye

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Friends of the Legal Resources Centre of South Africa

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Friends of the Legal Resources Centre of South Africa

Board of directors
as of 02/09/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Teresa Clarke

Africa.com LLC

Liesl Gerntholz

PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Centre

Joel M Motley

Invesco Mutual Funds

Deval Patrick

Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Ranjitha Ramchuran

Deloitte US

Robert A Robertson

Dechert LLP

Paul F Roye

The Capital Group Companies

Witney Schneidman

Schneidman and Associates International

Christopher Stone

Blavatnik School of Government Oxford University

David B Wilkins

Harvard Law School

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 2/9/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Contractors

Fiscal year ending
There are no fundraisers recorded for this organization.