Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

Summary

Becket is a non-profit, public interest legal and educational institution. We are the leaders in the fight for religious liberty and the only law firm that defends all religious beliefs.


Contact information

Mailing address:
Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
1200 New Hampshire Ave
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036

Website: becketlaw.org

Phone: 202-955-0095

Email: lnolan@becketlaw.org


Organization details

EIN: 521858532

CEO/President: William P. Mumma

Chairman: William P. Mumma

Board size: 13

Founder: Kevin "Seamus" Hasson

Year founded: 1994

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Purpose

Becket defends religious liberty for all-in principle and in practice. At Becket, we know that religious liberty is a universal human right. Our cases span a wide range of beliefs and practices, but all share a common vision of a world where freedom of exercise and expression is a protected right, free from government reach. With this vision as our goal, we take cases that will set strong and lasting precedent for all faiths-and we win.


Mission statement

Our mission is to protect the expression of all faiths, from A to Z-Anglican to Zoroastrian. Becket was founded on a simple principle: that because the religious impulse is natural to human beings, religious expression is natural to human culture. We advance this principle in three arenas-the court of law, the court of public opinion, and the academy-both at home and abroad.


Statement of faith

Transparency grade

C

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Advocacy

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating280 of 7258 of 32
Fund acquisition rating373 of 72616 of 32
Resource allocation rating201 of 7269 of 32
Asset utilization rating380 of 72512 of 32

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20182016201520142013
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
8%8%6%7%9%2%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
7%7%6%5%8%2%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%89%101%79%90%101%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
7%8%6%6%9%2%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%11%-1%21%10%-1%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20182016201520142013
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
83%86%87%87%83%90%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
98%91%99%89%91%98%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
79%79%86%77%75%89%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
2%9%1%11%9%2%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
6%21%4%32%31%8%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%6%7%7%8%8%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20182016201520142013
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.401.931.802.002.303.07
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.141.111.111.051.071.06
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.652.141.992.092.463.26
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20182016201520142013
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.097.972.574.094.103.49
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.130.390.240.240.29
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.184.913.694.333.682.63
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20182016201520142013
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
12%12%38%24%25%35%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%1%3%1%2%4%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
63%46%34%38%32%21%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20182016201520142013
Cash$1,340,328$2,141,646$2,596,159$1,604,278$1,066,097
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,640,247$910,254$129,100$243,776$367,440
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,980,575$3,051,900$2,725,259$1,848,054$1,433,537
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$229,555$290,683$79,512$40,827$38,096
Other long-term assets$101,397$36,832$46,016$88,325$49,958
Total long-term assets$330,952$327,515$125,528$129,152$88,054
Total assets$3,311,527$3,379,415$2,850,787$1,977,206$1,521,591
 
Liabilities20182016201520142013
Payables and accrued expenses$112,269$605,257$135,658$273,476$361,100
Other current liabilities$261,783$580,696$530,084$177,011$50,004
Total current liabilities$374,052$1,185,953$665,742$450,487$411,104
Debt$20,610$103,051$15,887$42,698$68,188
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$11,703$4,907$7,330$9,551$53,749
Total long-term liabilities$32,313$107,958$23,217$52,249$121,937
Total liabilities$406,365$1,293,911$688,959$502,736$533,041
 
Net assets20182016201520142013
Unrestricted$1,751,533$1,345,504$2,114,406$1,429,470$813,550
Temporarily restricted$1,153,629$740,000$47,422$45,000$175,000
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$2,905,162$2,085,504$2,161,828$1,474,470$988,550
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20182016201520142013
Total contributions$6,247,519$6,194,659$5,061,480$4,539,502$4,805,372
Program service revenue$933,079$276,285$1,331,037$478,465$74,640
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$262$605$2,247($1,917)$0
Other revenue($198,755)($313,832)$1,808$8($127,452)
Total other revenue$734,586($36,942)$1,335,092$476,556($52,812)
Total revenue$6,982,105$6,157,717$6,396,572$5,016,058$4,752,560
 
Expenses20182016201520142013
Program services$5,512,448$5,296,886$4,944,057$3,775,757$4,217,439
Management and general$382,059$419,617$419,849$363,929$352,712
Fundraising$480,802$354,785$344,846$412,856$102,324
Total expenses$6,375,309$6,071,288$5,708,752$4,552,542$4,672,475
 
Change in net assets20182016201520142013
Surplus (deficit)$606,796$86,429$687,820$463,516$80,085
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$606,796$86,429$687,820$463,516$80,085

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Kyle Duncan$271,533
Kristina Arriaga de Bucholz$192,880
Eric Baxter$189,298
Eric Rassbach$166,639
Luke Goodrich$166,187
Eric Kniffin$144,759

Compensation data as of: 9/30/2013


Response from ministry

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History

Since its founding in 1994, Becket's record shows it is the only law firm that defends religious liberty for all faiths.

For 25 years, Becket has become the premier religious liberty law firm and the only non-profit, public-interest legal and educational institute that protects the free expression of all religious traditions.

In 1994, founder Kevin "Seamus" Hasson left a top D.C. law firm and opened Becket in Washington, D.C. Since then, Becket has grown into a vibrant law firm that has national and international reach. Though certainly not the largest, it is widely regarded-across political and religious lines-as the best religious liberty law firm in the United States. Since its founding, Becket has maintained an average 85% win rate in its cases.

Becket's principal work has always been First Amendment litigation, not only on behalf of people of faith against the government, but also in defense of the government when it is sued for being religion-friendly. The firm files most of its lawsuits in federal court, but beginning in 2004, it started filing suits before international tribunals under international law. Most of its academic work is accomplished under the umbrella of the Becket Institute, which was founded at St. Hugh's College of Oxford University in 1997.

Becket is named after Thomas Becket (1118-70 AD), who stood resolutely at the intersection of church and state. As a friend of King Henry II, Becket served as Chancellor of England and oversaw the laws of the kingdom. But as Archbishop of Canterbury, he steadfastly refused to allow the King to interfere in the affairs of the Church and was martyred by the King's knights for defending the principles of religious liberty.


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