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Legal Assistance Foundation (LAF)

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

LAF is a legal aid society based in Chicago, IL that was founded in 1972. As of 2019 they had $15 million in revenue and $12 million in assets.

LAF's mission is to work together to provide high-quality civil legal services to low-income and disadvantaged people and communities throughout Cook County.

Previous legal names or variations of their name include: Legal Aid Chicago.

(312) 341-1070
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Program areas at LAF

The housing practice group focuses on cases that help people living in poverty to keep decent, safe and affordable housing. We represent and counsel people in the areas of subsidized housing, discrimination and disability accomodation, evicition from mobile home parks, evictions by private landlords, and housing protection for seniors, veterans, and people living with hiv/aids.

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 children who are wards of the state.

The public benefits practice group assists clients with ssi, veterans' benefits, medicaid, medicare, tanf, snap (formerly food stamps), crime victim benefits, and subsidized child 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 the agencies administering the public benefits programs are responsive to clients and provide the benefits to which clients are entitled timely and accurately.

Form 990s for LAF

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2018-12Oct 22, 2019990View PDF
2017-12Oct 16, 2018990View PDF
2016-12Oct 20, 2017990View PDF
2015-12Jan 3, 2017990View PDF
2014-12Jul 21, 2015990View PDF
...and five more Form 990 PDFs

Financials for LAF

Total grants, contributions, etc.$14,539,065
Program services$350,096
Investment income and dividends$176,603
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$134,320
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$-29,510
Net income from fundraising events$-36,516
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$339,476
Total revenues$15,473,534

Vendors for LAF

VendorServicesAmount paidDate
Microsoft ServicesSoftware2020-09-01
█████████CRM software; Fundraising software; Advocacy software2020-08-26
██████Fundraising software2020-08-26
███████ ███ ████Fundraising software; Payment processing2020-08-26
█████████Content management system software2020-08-26
██████ █████████████ ███Tax accounting; Audit accounting2019-05-13
█████Investment management2017-12-31
██████ ██ ███████Insurance2017-12-31
...and 10 more vendors

Personnel at LAF

NameTitleCompensationMost recent data
John N. GalloChief Executive Officer and Executive Director$48,500Sept. 23, 2020
Ruby SmithChief Operating Officer-Sept. 23, 2020
████ ███████Chief Financial Officer-Sept. 23, 2020
██████ ████████Chief External Relations Officer / Director of External Relat$110,288Sept. 23, 2020
██████ ██ ██████Chief Information Officer$108,891Sept. 23, 2020
███████ ██████Chief Strategy Officer$113,432Sept. 23, 2020
███████ ████████Chief Legal Counsel$124,743Sept. 23, 2020
████ █████ ███Interim Executive Director-Sept. 23, 2020
█████████ ██ █████Deputy Director / Executive Director - Past$81,399Sept. 23, 2020
███████ █████Director, Development and Communications-Sept. 23, 2020
...and 14 more key personnel

Peer legal aid services

1Prairie State Legal Services (PSLS)501(c)(3)$14 millionRockford, IL
2Land of Lincoln Legal Aid501(c)(3)$8.4 millionEast St Louis, IL
3Community Legal Services501(c)(3)$14 millionPhiladelphia, PA
4Community Legal Aid Society501(c)(3)$5.7 millionWilmington, DE
5Lakeshore Legal Aid501(c)(3)$10 millionWarren, MI
6Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association501(c)(3)$4.1 millionOrlando, FL
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
12Houston Volunteer Lawyers501(c)(3)$4.1 millionHouston, TX
13Appellate Defenders501(c)(3)$4.6 millionSan Diego, CA
14Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project501(c)(3)$11 millionTucson, AZ
15Urban Justice Center501(c)(3)$37 millionNew York, NY
16Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas (LANWT)501(c)(3)$23 millionFort Worth, TX
17Public Law Center (PLC)501(c)(3)$4.5 millionSanta Ana, CA
18Metropolitan Public Defender Service (MPD)501(c)(3)$13 millionPortland, OR
19Neighborhood Defender Service501(c)(3)$10 millionNew York, NY
20Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach501(c)(3)$4.2 millionSan Francisco, CA
21Federal Defender Program501(c)(3)$15 millionAtlanta, GA
22Public Defender Services of Lane County501(c)(3)$3.9 millionEugene, OR
23Central California Legal Services501(c)(3)$7.2 millionFresno, CA
24The Legal Aid Society of Rochester New York (LASROC)501(c)(3)$6.2 millionRochester, NY
25Florida Rural Legal Services501(c)(3)$6.4 millionLakeland, FL