EIN 36-2754650

Legal Aid Chicago (LAF)

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Legal Aid Chicago provides free civil legal services to low-income individuals, families, and community groups in Chicago to seek justice.
Also known as...
Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
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Program areas at LAF

The children and families practice group handles our family law work (almost all of which involves domestic violence) which includes orders of protection, elder abuse, divorce, child custody, and child support. Its attorneys also work on behalf of relative caretakers and foster parents in abuse and neglect cases, and do special education work for youth who are in foster care.
The immigrants and workers' rights practice group is a multi-disciplinary team that focuses on four areas of Legal expertise: employment law, immigration law, human trafficking, and migrant farmworker law. Iwr clients are often low-wage workers, and immigrants, both newly-arrived and longstanding residents of the state. We represent clients seeking unemployment insurance benefits, clients with wage claims, and claims of employment discrimination including sexual harassment, racial and national origin discrimination, disability discrimination, and claims of wrongful termination. The team also represents immigrant survivors of crime and mental cruelty to obtain Legal status under the violence against women act, the u.s. visa process, asylum, and other immigration remedies. The human trafficking project provides victim advocacy and representation to citizen and immigrant survivors of labor and/or sex trafficking. Our migrant project provides direct Legal services and outreach to migrant farmworkers, both domestic workers traveling in the migrant stream from Texas and other states, and those here on special, short-term agricultural work visas. Our immigration, human trafficking, and migrant projects extend throughout Illinois.
The public benefits practice group assists clients with ssi, veterans' benefits, medicaid, medicare, tanf, snap (formerly food stamps), crime victim benefits, and subsidized health care. The practice group's goals are 1) to obtain, restore or increase benefits for eligible individuals and families; 2) to educate people about their rights and responsibilities in terms of public benefits and to educate community partners, and social service providers so they can help their clients; and 3) to identify emerging public benefits issues and trends and proactively lead advocacy efforts to deal with them and work to ensure that agencies administering the public benefits programs are responsive to clients and provide the benefits to which clients are entitled timely and accurately.
Includes housing, consumer rights, pcg (formerly pro bono and community engagement), client screening unit, and other program services.

Who funds Legal Aid Chicago (LAF)

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Legal Services Corporation (LSC)Civil Legal Aid$7,519,957
AgeOptionsCaring Together Living Better - Community Support Programs for the Elderly$1,704,977
The Chicago Bar FoundationGeneral Operating Support, Project Support & Government/project Grant$1,053,983
...and 50 more grants received totalling $13,348,646

Personnel at LAF

Katherine W. ShankChief Executive Officer and Executive Director of$125,398
Mark KennedyChief Financial Officer$133,551
Cynthia SadkinBoard Member$132,911
Dennericka BrooksManaging Director and the Director of the Housing Practice Group
Kate JoinedInterim Executive Director
...and 10 more key personnel

Financials for LAF

RevenuesFYE 12/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$20,548,297
Program services$205,253
Investment income and dividends$165,449
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$105,730
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$-31,772
Net income from fundraising events$5,766
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$231,856
Total revenues$21,230,579

Form 990s for LAF

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2022-122023-10-30990View PDF
2021-122022-11-03990View PDF
2020-122021-11-12990View PDF
2019-122021-02-24990View PDF
2018-122019-10-22990View PDF
...and 9 more Form 990s
Data update history
May 18, 2024
Received grants
Identified 8 new grant, including a grant for $868,000 from Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois
April 24, 2024
Updated personnel
Identified 37 new personnel
February 4, 2024
Received grants
Identified 11 new grant, including a grant for $1,053,983 from The Chicago Bar Foundation
December 30, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2022
December 24, 2023
Used new vendors
Identified 1 new vendor, including
Nonprofit Types
Crime and legal aid organizationsLegal service nonprofitsSenior centersHeadquarter / parent organizationsCharitiesCommunity Action Programs
Human servicesCrime and lawLegal services
Political advocacyFundraising eventsState / local levelReceives government fundingEndowed supportCommunity engagement / volunteeringTax deductible donations
General information
120 S Lasalle St 900
Chicago, IL 60603
Metro area
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
Cook County, IL
Website URL
(312) 341-1070
Facebook page
IRS details
Fiscal year end
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Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
I80: Legal Services
NAICS code, primary
5411: Legal Services
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