Better Business Bureau Report for
Legal Aid Society

Better Business Bureau Report issued February 2018
Better Business Bureau Report expires February 2020

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Legal Aid Society
Address: 416 W. Muhammad Ali, Ste 300
  Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: 502-584-1254
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1921, Kentucky
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The Legal Aid Society is a non-profit organization that provides civil legal assistance to families and individuals in poverty in 15 counties in Kentucky. It is the only organization in Louisville and the surrounding counties that provides these free civil legal services. Clients turn to Legal Aid for civil legal problems that threaten their health and safety and the stability of their families. Those assisted include the elderly, children, victims of domestic violence, and other vulnerable groups.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Legal Aid Society meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Legal Aid Society programs and services include: 1) Support for Families: Programs that address issues related to domestic violence and kinship care. These include Family Advocacy Program and Grandparents as Caregivers Program. 2) Preserving the Home: Programs that address issues related to eviction, foreclosure, community development, disruption of a child's education due to relocation, and tenant rights. These include Eviction Prevention Program, Foreclosure Prevention Program, Tenants in Crisis Program, and Community Development Program. 3) Promoting Economic Stability: Programs that help families escape poverty and achieve financial security. These include Economic Stability and Advocacy Program, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, and Fresh Start Program. 4) Safety, Stability, and Health: Programs that offer the legal advice and protection clients need to feel stable and secure. These include Homeless Outreach Program, Community Development, and Doctors and Lawyers for Kids. 5) Populations with Special Vulnerabilities: Programs that address issues related to the rights of people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, seniors and end-of-life planning, and veterans. These include HIV/AIDS Legal Project, Senior Self-Determination and Advocacy Program, and Volunteer Lawyers for Veterans.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, Legal Aid Society's program expenses were:

Program Services 3,835,992
Total Program Expenses: $3,835,992
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Chief Executive : Neva-Marie Polley Scott, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: R. James Straus, Board Chair
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Attorney

Board Size: 33

Paid Staff Size: 46

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


Method(s) Used:

Methods of fund raising include direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, radio, grant proposals, internet, and planned giving arrangements.

In addition, the Legal Aid Society is a Metro United Way member agency.

Fund raising costs were 3% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $3,815,930, 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 Legal Aid Society's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.

Ending net assets as reported below include $2,414,910 in unrestricted net assets, $1,161,454 in temporarily restricted net assets, and $23,700 in permanently restricted net assets.

Unrestricted net assets include $1,691,740 available for operations, $65,866 invested in property and equipment, and $657,304 in assets designated by the Board as operating reserves.

Source of Funds  
Grants and contracts 2,773,402
IOLTA Bank of America settlement 1,314,567
Filing fees 622,115
Donated legal services 422,682
Contributions 287,524
Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts 78,017
Special event revenue 54,872
Miscellaneous 53,629
Rent income 15,075
Interest income 2,110
Gain on investments 767
Total Income $5,624,760


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 87%  Fund Raising: 3%  Administrative: 10% 

Total income $5,624,760
Program expenses $3,835,992
Fund raising expenses 129,318
Administrative expenses 424,073
Total expenses $4,389,383
Income in Excess of Expenses 1,235,377
Beginning net assets 2,364,687
Ending net assets 3,600,064
Total liabilities 355,342
Total assets $3,955,406

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