Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

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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


Phone: 202-955-0095


Organization details

EIN: 521858532

CEO/President: William P. Mumma

Chairman: William P. Mumma

Board size: 13

Founder: Kevin "Seamus" Hasson

Ruling year: 1994

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


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.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Advocacy

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating576 of 101016 of 42
Fund acquisition rating569 of 101223 of 42
Resource allocation rating347 of 10129 of 42
Asset utilization rating712 of 101025 of 42

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$3,325,658$1,772,360$1,640,247$910,254$129,100
Short-term investments$63,428$37,355$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$6,721,141$6,435,509$2,980,575$3,051,900$2,725,259
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$109,678$195,269$229,555$290,683$79,512
Other long-term assets$80,322$124,653$101,397$36,832$46,016
Total long-term assets$190,000$319,922$330,952$327,515$125,528
Total assets$6,911,141$6,755,431$3,311,527$3,379,415$2,850,787
Payables and accrued expenses$146,739$113,650$112,269$605,257$135,658
Other current liabilities$37,572$162,052$261,783$580,696$530,084
Total current liabilities$184,311$275,702$374,052$1,185,953$665,742
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$103,481$70,305$11,703$4,907$7,330
Total long-term liabilities$103,481$70,305$32,313$107,958$23,217
Total liabilities$287,792$346,007$406,365$1,293,911$688,959
Net assets20202019201820162015
Without donor restrictions$3,693,619$4,644,168$1,751,533$1,345,504$2,114,406
With donor restrictions$2,929,730$1,765,256$1,153,629$740,000$47,422
Net assets$6,623,349$6,409,424$2,905,162$2,085,504$2,161,828
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$7,479,873$7,201,982$6,247,519$6,194,659$5,061,480
Program service revenue$1,875$2,734,104$933,079$276,285$1,331,037
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income($1,633)$64$262$605$2,247
Other revenue$124($236,457)($198,755)($313,832)$1,808
Total other revenue$366$2,497,711$734,586($36,942)$1,335,092
Total revenue$7,480,239$9,699,693$6,982,105$6,157,717$6,396,572
Program services$6,163,517$5,288,288$5,512,448$5,296,886$4,944,057
Management and general$402,903$370,745$382,059$419,617$419,849
Total expenses$7,263,373$6,203,805$6,375,309$6,071,288$5,708,752
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Surplus (deficit)$216,866$3,495,888$606,796$86,429$687,820
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$216,866$3,495,888$606,796$86,429$687,820


Mark RienziPresident$314,860
Eric BaxterVP & Senior Counsel$238,657
Eric RassbachVP & Senior Counsel$233,348
Montse AlvaradoVP & Executive Director$227,768
Luke GoodrichVP & Senior Counsel$225,336
Daniel BlombergSenior Counsel$203,416
Lori WindhamSenior Counsel$200,690
William MummaCEO and Board Chair$42,673

Compensation data as of: 9/30/2020

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 6/23/2021. To update the information below, please email:


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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