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Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund, Inc.

aka WI Equal Justice Fund (WEJF)   |   Madison, WI   |  www.wejf.org
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Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund, Inc.

EIN: 39-1904737


Mission

WI Equal Justice Fund (WEJF) was founded in 1996 in response to the critical drop in federal funding for civil legal services for low-income individuals and families. WEJF now facilitates an annual appeal and on-going educational efforts on the civil legal services needs of Wisconsin's poor. WEJF is committed to raising money and awareness of civil legal services as a social issue.

Ruling year info

1997

Executive Director

Ms. Aly Lynch

Main address

PO Box 46103

Madison, WI 53744-6103 USA

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Formerly known as

Equal Justice Coalition

EIN

39-1904737

Subject area info

Legal services

Public affairs

Human rights

Antidiscrimination

Population served info

Ethnic and racial groups

Low-income people

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (R12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (W12)

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

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

WEJF seeks to provide private funding for civil legal aid services in Wisconsin to help ensure everyone has access to attorney assistance, regardless of their finances. Current funding does not allow for everyone in need to get that help.

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?

Pro Bono Civil Legal Services

Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund, Inc. is the private fundraising agency of Wisconsin's three largest legal service providers: Legal Action of Wisconsin, Judicare Legal Aid, and Disability Rights Wisconsin.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people

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.

Total dollars received in contributions

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

Economically disadvantaged people, Victims of crime and abuse, Unemployed people, Veterans, Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

Pro Bono Civil 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.

We envision a world where everyone has access to attorney assistance when they need it, regardless of their financial situation.

WEJF works to close the justice gap for low-income Wisconsinites by providing private funding to offset some of the lags in government funding for civil legal aid services.

WEJF has worked hard to achieve annual fundraising totals in recent years that are higher than we were able to achieve in the first 20 years of the organization's existence. We continue to seek new avenues for sponsorships.

Since its inception in 1997, Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund, Inc. has raised over $7.6 million for pro bono civil legal aid in Wisconsin.

Financials

Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund, Inc.
Fiscal year: Apr 01 - Mar 31
Financial documents
2022 Audited Financial Statement 2022 2021 Audited Financial Statement 2021
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

0.00

Average of 17.65 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

2.4

Average of 7.6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

7%

Average of 7% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Apr 01 - Mar 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund, Inc.

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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Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund, Inc.

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Apr 01 - Mar 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Business model indicators

Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $307,595 -$88,737 $30,556 $433,924 -$96,808
As % of expenses 369.4% -22.0% 11.8% 156.1% -18.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $307,595 -$88,737 $30,556 $433,924 -$96,808
As % of expenses 369.4% -22.0% 11.8% 156.1% -18.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $276,434 $299,142 $326,086 $354,779 $557,490
Total revenue, % change over prior year 5.4% 8.2% 9.0% 8.8% 0.0%
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 0.0% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0% 99.7% 100.0% 100.0% 99.9%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.2% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $83,259 $403,804 $259,731 $277,910 $511,869
Total expenses, % change over prior year -61.4% 385.0% -35.7% 7.0% 0.0%
Personnel 58.4% 12.9% 22.6% 23.8% 13.2%
Professional fees 10.2% 2.5% 3.9% 3.8% 2.9%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.4% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 77.8% 62.0% 62.0% 76.2%
All other expenses 31.3% 6.8% 11.6% 10.0% 7.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $83,259 $403,804 $259,731 $277,910 $511,869
One month of savings $6,938 $33,650 $21,644 $23,159 $42,656
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $90,197 $437,454 $281,375 $301,069 $554,525

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2023
Months of cash 34.3 7.4 11.3 11.0 2.4
Months of cash and investments 34.3 7.4 11.3 11.0 2.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 183.9 35.3 56.3 71.3 39.4
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2023
Cash $237,894 $249,349 $243,709 $254,060 $100,354
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $10,000 $20,000 $0
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) 0.3% 12.4% 11.8% 9.0% 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $1,276,231 $1,187,494 $1,218,050 $1,651,974 $1,679,505
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $1,276,231 $1,187,494 $1,218,050 $1,651,974 $1,679,505

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2023
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

Ms. Aly Lynch

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund, Inc.

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
Other
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Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Marta Meyers

Boardman & Clark LLP

Term: 2024 - 2023

Erika Bierma

Axley Brynelson

Thomas M. Burnett

Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren

Andrew J. Christman

von Briesen & Roper

Anza D'Antonio

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Carmen Decot

Foley & Lardner

Karen K. Duke

A. O. Smith Corp.

Katie Cunningham

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Katie Demski

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David J. Fenlon

Ruder Ware

Carly Gerads

Stafford Rosenbaum

Mindi Giftos

Husch Blackwell

Patricia Gorence

U.S. District Court, Eastern District (retired)

Arthur J. Harrington

Godfrey & Kahn

Margaret Wrenn Hickey

Becker, Hickey & Poster

Jill Jacklitz

Disability Rights Wisconsin

Ann Jacobs

Jacobs Injury Law

Michael A. Levey

Quarles

Jonathan Margolies

Michael Best & Friedrich

Troy A. Mayne

DeWitt

Deedee Peterson

Legal Action of Wisconsin

Asifa Quraishi-Landes

Univ. of Wisconsin Law School

Lisa Preston

Johnson Controls

Kira Loehr

Perkins Coie

John Skilton

Perkins Coie

Beth Ann Richlen

Judicare Legal Aid

Christopher E. Rogers

Habush Habush & Rottier

Angela F. Schultz

Marquette Univ. Law School

Elizabeth C. Stephens

Cranfill Sumner

Naikang Tsao

Foley & Lardner

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? No
  • 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? No
  • 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 1/18/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/07/2023

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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.