First Liberty Institute

Summary

First Liberty Institute now handles hundreds of religious liberty cases each year through a growing network of elite, volunteer attorneys. As the largest legal organization exclusively dedicated to defending religious liberty, First Liberty Institute continues to lead the fight for religious liberty across every state and every generation of Americans.


Contact information

Mailing address:
2001 West Plano Parkway, Suite 1600
Plano, 75075

Website: https://firstliberty.org/

Phone: (972) 941-4444

Email: info@firstliberty.org


Organization details

EIN: 751403169

CEO/President: Kelly Shackelford

Chairman: Mark Cover

Board size: 0

Founder: Kelly Shackelford

Year founded:

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end:

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2008


Purpose

As our Founding Fathers declared, religious liberty is our first and most foundational right; it serves as the catalyst of all subsequent freedoms. When religious liberty is threatened or attacked, every other freedom is endangered. And once our First Freedom is lost, it will be gone forever. That's why we are First In the Fight when it comes to defending and protecting our country's most cherished and profound freedom: religious liberty.


Mission statement

Our mission is to defend and restore religious liberty in our schools, for our churches and houses of worship, inside the military, and throughout the public arena.


Statement of faith

Transparency grade

C

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Advocacy

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating149 of 4429 of 25
Fund acquisition rating181 of 4427 of 25
Resource allocation rating183 of 44210 of 25
Asset utilization rating187 of 44213 of 25

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%6%7%5%13%6%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%6%7%5%13%6%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%99%97%100%100%99%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%7%6%5%16%5%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%1%3%0%0%1%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%84%84%85%71%83%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%84%104%98%78%107%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%70%88%83%55%88%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%16%-4%2%22%-7%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
2%29%-9%4%44%-15%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%9%9%11%13%12%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.271.522.121.831.561.76
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.531.081.151.171.131.08
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.451.642.442.141.771.89
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
7.9828793.4022.5443.2043.153.81
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.110.000.040.020.020.26
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.067.334.715.486.634.67
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%0%4%2%2%24%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
63%66%45%54%63%43%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20172016201520142013
Cash$5,075,526$3,228,675$3,768,651$3,722,749$2,842,251
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$107,286$358,841$0$0$0
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$5,182,812$3,587,516$3,768,651$3,722,749$2,842,251
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$393,568$531,459$624,622$490,246$212,814
Other long-term assets$9,168$9,168$9,168$9,168$5,000
Total long-term assets$402,736$540,627$633,790$499,414$217,814
Total assets$5,585,548$4,128,143$4,402,441$4,222,163$3,060,065
 
Liabilities20172016201520142013
Payables and accrued expenses$180$159,196$87,233$86,273$745,804
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$180$159,196$87,233$86,273$745,804
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$180$159,196$87,233$86,273$745,804
 
Net assets20172016201520142013
Unrestricted$5,103,166$3,463,933$3,797,650$3,516,835$1,830,826
Temporarily restricted$482,202$505,014$517,558$619,055$483,435
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$5,585,368$3,968,947$4,315,208$4,135,890$2,314,261
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20172016201520142013
Total contributions$10,019,006$8,133,823$8,217,460$8,401,463$4,996,489
Program service revenue$67,000$248,062$20,440$0$29,995
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$13,512$11,092$3,892$6,077$6,542
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$48
Total other revenue$80,512$259,154$24,332$6,077$36,585
Total revenue$10,099,518$8,392,977$8,241,792$8,407,540$5,033,074
 
Expenses20172016201520142013
Program services$7,118,437$7,351,779$6,817,119$4,649,197$4,448,380
Management and general$768,794$819,583$849,048$874,024$643,779
Fundraising$595,867$567,875$396,307$1,062,690$291,359
Total expenses$8,483,098$8,739,237$8,062,474$6,585,911$5,383,518
 
Change in net assets20172016201520142013
Surplus (deficit)$1,616,420($346,260)$179,318$1,821,629($350,444)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,616,420($346,260)$179,318$1,821,629($350,444)

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