Better Business Bureau Report for
Doctors & Lawyers for Kids

Better Business Bureau Report issued September 2017
Better Business Bureau Report expires September 2019

Does not meet one or more standards
This charity does not meet one or more of the 20 standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Doctors & Lawyers for Kids
Address: 600 W. Main Street
  Louisville , KY 40202
Phone: (502) 614-3109
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 2010, Kentucky
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The mission of Doctors & Lawyers for Kids is to connect the medical and legal professions to address legal needs that affect the health and welfare of children and their families.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Doctors & Lawyers for Kids does not meet the following Standard for Charity Accountability.

Standard 12: Detailed Functional Breakdown of Expenses - Include in the financial statements a breakdown of expenses (e.g., salaries, travel, postage, etc.) that shows what portion of these expenses was allocated to program, fund raising, and administrative activities. If the charity has more than one major program category, the schedule should provide a breakdown for each category.

Doctors & Lawyers for Kids does not meet this Standard because, in the organization's financial statements, the detailed functional breakdown of expenses:

  • Was not included. A detailed functional breakdown shows expenses by natural classification (e.g., salaries, travel, postage, etc.) and indicates what portion of these expenses was allocated to program, fund raising, and administrative activities).
Doctors & Lawyers for Kids meets the remaining 19 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Doctors & Lawyers for Kids is a Medical-Legal Partnership that provides free civil legal services to low-income families in order to ensure that they can meet their children's basic needs for health care, housing, nutrition, education, safety, and stability. Doctors & Lawyers for Kids represents clients with housing, family law, consumer law, government benefits, health care, tax, education, immigration, and legal document needs. In most cases, clients are represented by legal staff who, through in-kind support from University of Louisville Pediatrics, have in-clinic offices. Other cases are referred to Legal Aid, pro bono attorneys, or the Law Clinic of University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, Doctors & Lawyers for Kids's program expenses were:

Program Services 163,128
Total Program Expenses: $163,128
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Chief Executive : Megan Metcalf, Legal Director

Chair of the Board: Martha Hasselbacher
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: attorney, retired

Board Size: 14

Paid Staff Size: 2

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

Invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, grant proposals, and internet appeals.
Fund raising costs were 0% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $140,041, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on Doctors & Lawyers for Kids' internal documents for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.

The $38,879 net assets as reported below are all unrestricted net assets.

Source of Funds  
Grant income 68,384
Contributed goods and services 34,290
Special events, net 13,812
Contributed legal services 11,550
Program service fees 11,250
Contributions 6,998
Total Income $146,284


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 92%  Fund Raising: 4%  Administrative: 4% 

Total income $146,284
Program expenses $163,128
Fund raising expenses 7,000
Administrative expenses 6,616
Total expenses $176,744
Expenses in Excess of Income (30,460)
Beginning net assets 38,879
Ending net assets 8,419
Total liabilities
Total assets $8,419

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