Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

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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 rating426 of 81715 of 34
Fund acquisition rating411 of 81715 of 34
Resource allocation rating248 of 81715 of 34
Asset utilization rating599 of 81721 of 34

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20192018201620152014
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
8%8%8%6%7%9%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
7%6%7%6%5%8%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%74%89%101%79%90%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
7%9%8%6%6%9%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%26%11%-1%21%10%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20192018201620152014
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%85%86%87%87%83%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%64%91%99%89%91%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
78%55%79%86%77%75%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%36%9%1%11%9%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
6%55%21%4%32%31%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%6%6%7%7%8%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20192018201620152014
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.400.921.931.802.002.30
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.151.051.111.111.051.07
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.550.962.141.992.092.46
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20192018201620152014
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.0623.347.972.574.094.10
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.110.040.130.390.240.24
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
3.9311.914.913.694.333.68
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20192018201620152014
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
17%5%12%38%24%25%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%1%3%1%2%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
63%103%46%34%38%32%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20192018201620152014
Cash$4,625,794$1,340,328$2,141,646$2,596,159$1,604,278
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,772,360$1,640,247$910,254$129,100$243,776
Short-term investments$37,355$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$6,435,509$2,980,575$3,051,900$2,725,259$1,848,054
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$195,269$229,555$290,683$79,512$40,827
Other long-term assets$124,653$101,397$36,832$46,016$88,325
Total long-term assets$319,922$330,952$327,515$125,528$129,152
Total assets$6,755,431$3,311,527$3,379,415$2,850,787$1,977,206
 
Liabilities20192018201620152014
Payables and accrued expenses$113,650$112,269$605,257$135,658$273,476
Other current liabilities$162,052$261,783$580,696$530,084$177,011
Total current liabilities$275,702$374,052$1,185,953$665,742$450,487
Debt$0$20,610$103,051$15,887$42,698
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$70,305$11,703$4,907$7,330$9,551
Total long-term liabilities$70,305$32,313$107,958$23,217$52,249
Total liabilities$346,007$406,365$1,293,911$688,959$502,736
 
Net assets20192018201620152014
Unrestricted$4,644,168$1,751,533$1,345,504$2,114,406$1,429,470
Temporarily restricted$1,765,256$1,153,629$740,000$47,422$45,000
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$6,409,424$2,905,162$2,085,504$2,161,828$1,474,470
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20192018201620152014
Total contributions$7,201,982$6,247,519$6,194,659$5,061,480$4,539,502
Program service revenue$2,734,104$933,079$276,285$1,331,037$478,465
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$64$262$605$2,247($1,917)
Other revenue($236,457)($198,755)($313,832)$1,808$8
Total other revenue$2,497,711$734,586($36,942)$1,335,092$476,556
Total revenue$9,699,693$6,982,105$6,157,717$6,396,572$5,016,058
 
Expenses20192018201620152014
Program services$5,288,288$5,512,448$5,296,886$4,944,057$3,775,757
Management and general$370,745$382,059$419,617$419,849$363,929
Fundraising$544,772$480,802$354,785$344,846$412,856
Total expenses$6,203,805$6,375,309$6,071,288$5,708,752$4,552,542
 
Change in net assets20192018201620152014
Surplus (deficit)$3,495,888$606,796$86,429$687,820$463,516
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$3,495,888$606,796$86,429$687,820$463,516

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Mark RienziPresident$304,370
Eric BaxterVP & Senior Counsel$227,543
Eric RassbachVP & Senior Counsel$222,721
Montse AlvaradoVP & Executive Director$216,123
Luke GoodrichVP & Senior Counsel$214,914
Lori WindhamSenior Counsel$190,055
Daniel BlombergVP & Senior Counsel$188,707
William MummaCEO and Board Chair$43,870

Compensation data as of: 9/30/2019


Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.


The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 12/28/2020. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


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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