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Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS)

Program areas | Form 990s | Financials | Vendors | Personnel | Peers

GBLS is a legal aid society based in Boston, MA that was founded in 1900. As of 2019 they had $17 million in revenue and $24 million in assets.

Greater Boston Legal Services' mission is to provide free legal assistance to as many low-income families as possible to help them secure some of the most basic necessities of life.

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Program areas at GBLS

Greater Boston Legal Services (gbls) is the primary provider of free civil (non-criminal) Legal assistance for the almost 307,000 low-income persons living in metropolitan Boston to help them secure some of the most basic necessities of life. Our clients are homeless families seeking access to emergency shelter or permanent housing, women and children escaping abuse, families facing destitution, poor individuals and families facing illegal or inappropriate eviction, low-income homeowners exploited by mortgage scams, elders inappropriately denied medical and prescription drug benefits, disabled individuals denied critical benefits, low-wage workers illegally denied earned wages and victims of torture and persecution seeking asylum. In 2018, gbls provided Legal assistance on more than 10,645 Legal matters for its low-income clients. Assistance ranged from brief service and advice to full representation, based on the needs of the case. Thousands of additional poor individuals and families who were not gbls' clients also benefited from gbls' work ...

Form 990s for GBLS

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2018-12Aug 17, 2019990View PDF
2017-12Nov 15, 2018990View PDF
2016-12Oct 2, 2017990View PDF
2015-12Sep 26, 2016990View PDF
2014-12Jan 7, 2016990View PDF
...and five more Form 990 PDFs

Financials for GBLS

Total grants, contributions, etc.$16,793,405
Program services$237,442
Investment income and dividends$183,168
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$3,077
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$720
Total revenues$17,217,812

Vendors for GBLS

VendorServicesAmount paidDate
BlackbaudCRM software; Fundraising software2020-03-06
██████Content management system software2020-03-06
█████████ ███████ ███████ ███ ██ ██Tax accounting; Audit accounting; Accounting (including auditing)$12,9142019-05-22
████ █████ ████ ██████ ██ ██Insurance2017-12-31
████████ ███████████Custodial (securities)$5,9622017-12-31
████ █████ ████ ██████ ██ ███ ████Insurance2017-12-31
███ ███████ █████████ ████ █████████ ███████Insurance2017-12-31
█████ ███ █████ ██ ██ ███Insurance agent or broker$9,2702017-12-31
...and two more vendors

Personnel at GBLS

NameTitleCompensationMost recent data
Joanne SandersDirector of Finance / Chief Financial Officer$122,593June 12, 2020
Jacquelynne J. BowmanExecutive Director$162,887June 12, 2020
███ ████Director of Development-June 12, 2020
█████ ███████Director of Human Resources-June 12, 2020
███████ ████████Managing Attorney$130,593Dec. 31, 2018
█████ █████Vice President$0Dec. 31, 2018
████ ███████President / Director$0Dec. 31, 2018
███████ ████████Vice President / Director$0Dec. 31, 2018
███████ ██████Treasurer / Director$0Dec. 31, 2018
██████ ████████Treasurer$0Dec. 31, 2016
...and two more key personnel

Peer legal aid services

1Community Legal Aid (CLA)501(c)(3)$10 millionWorcester, MA
2South Coastal Counties Legal Services (SCCLS)501(c)(3)$6.9 millionFall River, MA
3Northeast Legal Aid (NLA)501(c)(3)$4.8 millionLawrence, MA
4Community Legal Services501(c)(3)$14 millionPhiladelphia, PA
5Community Legal Aid Society501(c)(3)$5.7 millionWilmington, DE
6Lakeshore Legal Aid501(c)(3)$10 millionWarren, MI
7Community Health Law Project (CHLP)501(c)(3)$5.7 millionSouth Orange, NJ
8Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto501(c)(3)$4.8 millionEast Palo Alto, CA
9Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation (NMIC)501(c)(3)$15 millionNew York, NY
10Maryland Legal Aid501(c)(3)$29 millionBaltimore, MD
11Inland Counties Legal Services (ICLS)501(c)(3)$8.6 millionRiverside, CA
12Appellate Defenders501(c)(3)$4.6 millionSan Diego, CA
13Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project501(c)(3)$11 millionTucson, AZ
14Urban Justice Center501(c)(3)$37 millionNew York, NY
15Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas (LANWT)501(c)(3)$23 millionFort Worth, TX
16Public Law Center (PLC)501(c)(3)$4.5 millionSanta Ana, CA
17Metropolitan Public Defender Service (MPD)501(c)(3)$13 millionPortland, OR
18Neighborhood Defender Service501(c)(3)$10 millionNew York, NY
19Federal Defender Program501(c)(3)$15 millionAtlanta, GA
20Central California Legal Services501(c)(3)$7.2 millionFresno, CA
21The Legal Aid Society of Rochester New York (LASROC)501(c)(3)$6.2 millionRochester, NY
22Florida Rural Legal Services501(c)(3)$6.4 millionLakeland, FL
23Bet Tzedek501(c)(3)$11 millionLos Angeles, CA
24The Justice and Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco (JDC)501(c)(3)$7.6 millionSan Francisco, CA
25Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance501(c)(3)$15 millionMinneapolis, MN