American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) / Jay Sekulow/ Pat Robertson

Summary

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) is a public benefit corporation committed to defending the rights of believers. As a not-for-profit organization that does not charge for its legal services, the ACLJ is dependent upon God and the resources He provides through the time, talent and gifts of people who share their concerns over the erosion of our religious and civil liberties.


Contact information

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 90555
Washington, DC 20090-0555

Website: www.aclj.org

Phone: (757) 802-9160

Email: memberservices@aclj.org


Organization details

EIN: 541586817

CEO/President: Dr. Jay Alan Sekulow

Chairman: Dr. M.G. "Pat" Robertson

Board size: 8

Founder: Dr. M.G. "Pat" Robertson

Year founded: 1990

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 03/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Purpose

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) is a public benefit corporation committed to insuring the ongoing viability of constitutional freedoms in accordance with principles of justice as outlined in Scripture. As a public interest law firm the ACLJ is dedicated to the concept that freedom and democracy are God given inalienable rights that must be protected both domestically and internationally.

The ACLJ engages in litigation, provides legal services, renders advice and counsels clients, and supports attorneys who are involved in defending the religious and civil liberties of Americans.

The American Center has a national network of attorneys who are committed to the defense of Judeo-Christian values. We also cooperate with other organizations that are committed to a similar mission, and serve the public through educational efforts regarding First Amendment and religious freedom issues as well as pro-family and pro-life concerns.

As a nonprofit organization that does not charge for its legal services, the American Center for Law and Justice is dependent upon God and the resources He provides through the time, talent, and gifts of people who share their concerns over the erosion of our religious and civil liberties


Mission statement

American Center for Law and Justice, Inc. d/b/a American Center for Law and Justice - National is a not-for-profit public benefit corporation as defined under Section 501(C)(3) on the Internal Revenue Code (IRC).

The Center and it globally affiliated organizations are committed to ensuring the ongoing viability of freedom and liberty in the United States and around the world. By focusing on the U.S. constitutional law, European Union law and human rights law, the Center and its affiliated organizations are dedicated to the concept that freedom and liberty are universal, God-given and inalienable rights that must be protected.

The Center and its worldwide affiliates engage in litigation, provide legal services, render advice to individuals and governmental agencies, as well as counsel clients on global freedom and liberty issues. The Center and its affiliated organizations also support training law students from around the world in order to protect religious liberty and safeguard human rights and dignity.


Statement of faith

Transparency grade

C

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Advocacy

This ministry has not been rated.


Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20192018201720162015
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
8%2%2%2%2%1%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%2%2%2%2%1%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%100%99%98%100%96%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%2%2%2%2%1%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%0%1%2%0%4%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20192018201720162015
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%89%89%89%88%88%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
98%99%99%99%100%100%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
80%88%89%89%88%87%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
2%1%1%1%0%0%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
2%16%12%11%3%7%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%9%9%9%10%11%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20192018201720162015
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.199.9211.6111.299.859.17
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.522.293.012.822.503.13
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.3122.7234.9531.8524.6528.70
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20192018201720162015
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.101.541.261.071.161.05
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.650.790.940.860.95
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.420.190.070.020.070.02
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20192018201720162015
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%37%38%45%52%52%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
70%6%5%5%5%5%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20192018201720162015
Cash$763,281$324,520$493,745$571,051$340,433
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$97,825$190,172$63,354$100,695$151,498
Short-term investments$141,843$139,309$129,643$118,616$123,924
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,002,949$654,001$686,742$790,362$615,855
Long-term investments$1,228,943$1,234,973$1,196,724$1,121,634$1,221,329
Fixed assets$56,236$69,536$45,091$56,516$80,781
Other long-term assets$9,737$9,737$9,737$9,737$9,737
Total long-term assets$1,294,916$1,314,246$1,251,552$1,187,887$1,311,847
Total assets$2,297,865$1,968,247$1,938,294$1,978,249$1,927,702
 
Liabilities20192018201720162015
Payables and accrued expenses$610,190$477,158$608,810$637,742$529,540
Other current liabilities$40,806$40,641$34,411$45,245$56,582
Total current liabilities$650,996$517,799$643,221$682,987$586,122
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$196,881$225,664$223,052$337,352$409,376
Total long-term liabilities$196,881$225,664$223,052$337,352$409,376
Total liabilities$847,877$743,463$866,273$1,020,339$995,498
 
Net assets20192018201720162015
Unrestricted$1,449,988$1,224,784$1,072,021$957,910$932,204
Temporarily restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$1,449,988$1,224,784$1,072,021$957,910$932,204
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20192018201720162015
Total contributions$22,971,769$22,841,907$21,572,651$19,497,722$17,038,196
Program service revenue$0$0$289,804$55,500$634,172
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$27,905$102,594$104,674($61,052)$38,944
Other revenue$17,218$65,410$21,244$12,416$24,466
Total other revenue$45,123$168,004$415,722$6,864$697,582
Total revenue$23,016,892$23,009,911$21,988,373$19,504,586$17,735,778
 
Expenses20192018201720162015
Program services$20,339,186$20,391,950$19,569,390$17,188,831$15,504,177
Management and general$2,062,888$2,105,836$1,961,426$1,974,517$1,961,717
Fundraising$389,614$359,359$343,446$315,532$206,731
Total expenses$22,791,688$22,857,145$21,874,262$19,478,880$17,672,625
 
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$225,204$152,766$114,111$25,706$63,153
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$225,204$152,766$114,111$25,706$63,153

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History

In 1990, Dr. M.G. "Pat" Robertson, a Yale law school graduate, religious leader, entrepreneur, and concerned citizen, decided to act to undo the damage done by almost a century of liberal thinking and activism. He founded the American Center for Law and Justice.

The ACLJ, in just a few years, has become this nation's pre-eminent public interest law firm and educational organization dedicated to defending and advancing religious liberty, the sanctity of human life, and the two-parent, marriage-bound family.

From the U.S. Supreme Court to local school boards, lawyers of the ACLJ have been defending the rights of believers, standing up for the unborn, the elderly and the infirm, and reasserting the primary rights of parents and the centrality of the family.

Already the ACLJ has proven a formidable opponent to those who would seek to undermine these fundamental institutions of the American civilization. Here are just a few examples of how the American Center for Law and Justice has helped people who have had their religious or civil liberties attacked.

  • When abortion supporters alleged that pro-life social protest was discrimination against women, the ACLJ went to the U.S. Supreme Court in Bray v. Alexandria Women's Health Clinic and guaranteed that persons opposed to abortion are free to express those views peacefully without the threat of censorship or recrimination through the misuse of federal anti-discrimination laws.
  • When a school would not rent its facilities to a local church because of the religious content of the church's message, we went to the U.S. Supreme Court in Lamb's Chapel v. Center Moriches School District, and won the important right for religious groups to have equal access to public facilities.
  • When students are told they cannot start Bible clubs in their schools, or when their Bible clubs don't receive equal treatment like other clubs, our legal teams spring into action to defend the student's rights.


These victories have been accomplished in spite of the intense opposition of groups like the American Civil Liberties Union(ACLU). They have openly named us as their adversary. So have People for the American Way, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Planned Parenthood and many other special-interest activist groups.

The hostility of these organizations is a backdoor compliment. It shows us that we are making progress. It means that we cannot, we must not, stop or slow down our efforts.

Program accomplishments

The Organization has participated in numerous Supreme Court, circuit court, court of appeals and state superior court cases regarding freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and other U.S. constitutional issues. Research staff at the Center provides up to date information regarding various cases related to the protection of religious freedom and human rights.


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