Non-profit

National Lawyers Guild Foundation

Website:

www.nlg.org/nlgf/

Location:

NEW YORK, NY

Tax ID:

13-3336640

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2019):

Revenue: $726,899
Expenses: $1,060,273
Assets: $4,904,817

The National Lawyers Guild Foundation is an affiliate of the National Lawyers Guild, a radical-left nonprofit association of attorneys, law students, legal workers, and jailhouse lawyers. Its primary purpose is to provide funding to the National Lawyers Guild’s national office and local chapters, as well as to provide fiscal sponsorship services.

Purpose and Programs

The National Lawyers Guild Foundation (NLG Foundation) is a nonprofit affiliated with the radical-left National Lawyers Guild. One of its primary roles is to make grants to the National Lawyers Guild’s national office, as well as to local Guild chapters and associated organizations. [1]

The NLG Foundation operates the Guild Grants program, which “provides small grants to NLG chapters, committees, and projects to promote membership, strengthen programmatic work, and enhance coordination within the Guild.” [2] As of 2021, the maximum grant amount under this program was $7,500. [3]

The NLG Foundation also provides fiscal sponsorship services to National Lawyers Guild chapters that do not have their own 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, and to other associated organizations. According to the National Lawyers Guild’s website, current or former fiscally-sponsored projects of the NLG Foundation include: [4]

  • National Lawyers Guild New York City Chapter
  • National Lawyers Guild Chicago
  • National Lawyers Guild Detroit and Michigan Chapter
  • National Lawyers Guild of Los Angeles
  • Portland National Lawyers Guild
  • National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area
  • Committee to Stop FBI Repression
  • Lynne Stewart Defense Committee
  • Committee to Save Mumia Abu-Jamal
  • Military Law Task Force of the National Lawyers Guild
  • Water Protector Legal Collective

Leadership

The National Lawyers Guild Foundation is governed by a board of directors that includes among its members the president, treasurer, and executive director of the National Lawyers Guild. [5]

Bruce Nestor is president of the NLG Foundation. He is an attorney at the law firm of De Leon, Nestor & Torres, specializing in criminal defense and immigration matters. He served as president of the National Lawyers Guild from 2000 to 2003, and is also a former president of the Guild’s Minnesota chapter. He also formerly worked for the Legal Services Corporation of Iowa. [6]

Financials

In 2019, the NLG Foundation reported total revenue of $726,899 and net assets of $4,468,568, while paying out $909,916 in grants. [7] In 2018, it reported total revenue of $2,513,776 and net assets of $4,485,887, while paying out $998,618 in grants. [8]

From 2016 through 2019, the NLG Foundation gave a total of $1,264,976 in grants to the National Lawyers Guild’s national office, and a total of $2,039,147 to the Water Protector Legal Collective. During that same period, it gave $95,799 to the National Lawyers Guild of Los Angeles, $2,666,675 to the National Lawyers Guild New York City Chapter (including $2,622,913 worth of securities transferred to the chapter’s 501(c)(3) affiliate), and $110,520 to the National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area. [9]

Organizations that have provided funding to the NLG Foundation include Greater Horizons ($2,935,163 from 2017-2018); the Tides Foundation ($1,030,500 from 2018-2019); the Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund ($129,775 from 2017-2019); the Schwab Charitable Fund ($133,700 from 2017-2020); and the Warsh Mott Legacy ($110,000 from 2016-2018). [10]

References

  1.  “National Lawyers Guild Foundation.” National Lawyers Guild. Accessed February 18, 2022. Available at: https://www.nlg.org/nlgf/ ^
  2. “National Lawyers Guild 2020 Annual Report.” National Lawyers Guild. August 18, 2021. Available at: https://www.nlg.org/2020-annual-report/ ^
  3. “NLGF 2021 Guild Grants Program.” National Lawyers Guild. Accessed February 18, 2022. Available at: https://www.nlg.org/nlgf/grants/ ^
  4. “National Lawyers Guild Foundation.” National Lawyers Guild. Accessed February 18, 2022. Available at: https://www.nlg.org/nlgf/ ^
  5. “National Lawyers Guild Foundation.” National Lawyers Guild. Accessed February 18, 2022. Available at: https://www.nlg.org/nlgf/ ^
  6. “Bruce D. Nestor.” De Leon, Nestor & Torres. Accessed February 18, 2022. Available at: https://denestlaw.com/attorneys/bruce-d-nestor/ ^
  7. Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax (Form 990). National Lawyers Guild Foundation Inc. 2019. ^
  8. Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax (Form 990). National Lawyers Guild Foundation Inc. 2018. ^
  9. Author’s calculations based on National Lawyers Guild Foundation IRS Form 990 filings from 2016-2019. ^
  10. Author’s calculations based on respective IRS Form 990 filings. ^

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Lamis Deek
    Attorney (National Lawyers Guild)

Associated Organizations

  1. National Lawyers Guild (Non-profit)
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: April 1, 1987

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2019 Dec Form 990 $726,899 $1,060,273 $4,904,817 $436,249 N $640,413 $0 $65,232 $81,112 PDF
    2018 Dec Form 990 $2,513,776 $1,142,519 $4,737,164 $251,277 N $2,398,422 $0 $35,541 $78,750 PDF
    2017 Dec Form 990 $1,242,530 $1,021,476 $3,526,017 $343,584 N $1,023,861 $0 $47,560 $75,000 PDF
    2016 Dec Form 990 $1,385,065 $3,705,351 $3,858,867 $867,338 N $1,075,539 $0 $61,478 $0 PDF
    2015 Dec Form 990 $4,490,004 $347,053 $5,465,750 $182,242 N $4,238,357 $0 $246,400 $0 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $331,664 $419,469 $1,259,703 $122,158 N $315,987 $0 $11,936 $0 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $449,847 $467,560 $1,283,512 $95,358 N $429,848 $0 $11,396 $0 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $546,282 $478,231 $1,199,069 $87,213 N $531,486 $0 $16,308 $0 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $606,877 $589,576 $1,063,849 $73,459 N $589,406 $0 $20,241 $0 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    National Lawyers Guild Foundation

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