Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

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Summary

Becket is a non-profit, public interest legal and educational institution. We are the leaders in the fight for religious liberty and the only law firm that defends all religious beliefs.


Contact information

Mailing address:
Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
1919 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20006

Website: becketlaw.org

Phone: (202) 955-0095

Email: [email protected]


Organization details

EIN: 521858532

CEO/President: Mark Rienzi

Chairman: William P. Mumma

Board size: 13

Founder: Kevin "Seamus" Hasson

Ruling year: 1994

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Purpose

Becket defends religious liberty for all-in principle and in practice. At Becket, we know that religious liberty is a universal human right. Our cases span a wide range of beliefs and practices, but all share a common vision of a world where freedom of exercise and expression is a protected right, free from government reach. With this vision as our goal, we take cases that will set strong and lasting precedent for all faiths-and we win.


Mission statement

Our mission is to protect the expression of all faiths, from A to Z-Anglican to Zoroastrian. Becket was founded on a simple principle: that because the religious impulse is natural to human beings, religious expression is natural to human culture. We advance this principle in three arenas-the court of law, the court of public opinion, and the academy-both at home and abroad.


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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Advocacy

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating528 of 111016 of 42
Fund acquisition rating347 of 111111 of 42
Resource allocation rating330 of 111111 of 42
Asset utilization rating949 of 111035 of 42

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20232021202020192018
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
9%5%7%9%8%8%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
7%4%6%9%6%7%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
96%81%83%100%74%89%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
7%6%8%10%9%8%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
4%19%17%0%26%11%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20232021202020192018
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
81%87%86%85%85%86%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
95%62%72%97%64%91%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
76%54%62%82%55%79%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
5%38%28%3%36%9%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
6%37%32%3%55%21%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%6%6%6%6%6%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20232021202020192018
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
0.960.380.741.050.921.93
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.361.371.071.031.051.11
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.870.510.791.080.962.14
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20232021202020192018
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
13.1313.619.7236.4723.347.97
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.080.070.100.030.040.13
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
5.3021.6313.5610.8011.914.91
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20232021202020192018
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
16%36%10%4%5%12%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%1%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
80%169%121%91%103%46%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20232021202020192018
Cash$15,884,478$5,199,140$3,332,055$4,625,794$1,340,328
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$4,866,937$4,977,708$3,325,658$1,772,360$1,640,247
Short-term investments$887$2,377$63,428$37,355$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$20,752,302$10,179,225$6,721,141$6,435,509$2,980,575
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$156,614$228,448$109,678$195,269$229,555
Other long-term assets$7,485,335$445,675$80,322$124,653$101,397
Total long-term assets$7,641,949$674,123$190,000$319,922$330,952
Total assets$28,394,251$10,853,348$6,911,141$6,755,431$3,311,527
 
Liabilities20232021202020192018
Payables and accrued expenses$1,524,342$143,761$146,739$113,650$112,269
Other current liabilities$0$903,286$37,572$162,052$261,783
Total current liabilities$1,524,342$1,047,047$184,311$275,702$374,052
Debt$0$0$0$0$20,610
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$8,791,201$44,366$103,481$70,305$11,703
Total long-term liabilities$8,791,201$44,366$103,481$70,305$32,313
Total liabilities$10,315,543$1,091,413$287,792$346,007$406,365
 
Net assets20232021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$13,322,320$6,934,435$3,693,619$4,644,168$1,751,533
With donor restrictions$4,756,388$2,827,500$2,929,730$1,765,256$1,153,629
Net assets$18,078,708$9,761,935$6,623,349$6,409,424$2,905,162
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20232021202020192018
Total contributions$14,000,297$9,325,788$7,479,873$7,201,982$6,247,519
Program service revenue$3,398,521$2,159,119$1,875$2,734,104$933,079
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$263,265$13,943($1,633)$64$262
Other revenue($389,460)($282,471)$124($236,457)($198,755)
Total other revenue$3,272,326$1,890,591$366$2,497,711$734,586
Total revenue$17,272,623$11,216,379$7,480,239$9,699,693$6,982,105
 
Expenses20232021202020192018
Program services$9,292,233$6,948,485$6,163,517$5,288,288$5,512,448
Management and general$686,296$466,964$402,903$370,745$382,059
Fundraising$690,201$663,586$696,953$544,772$480,802
Total expenses$10,668,730$8,079,035$7,263,373$6,203,805$6,375,309
 
Change in net assets20232021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$6,603,893$3,137,344$216,866$3,495,888$606,796
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$6,603,893$3,137,344$216,866$3,495,888$606,796

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Mark RienziPresident and CEO$384,186
Eric BaxterVP & Senior Counsel$303,327
Eric RassbachVP & Senior Counsel$297,195
Montse AlvaradoChief Operating Officer & Executive Director$287,640
Luke GoodrichVP & Senior Counsel$286,982
Daniel BlombergVP & Senior Counsel$276,443
Lori WindhamVP & Senior Counsel$264,975
Eric HinesChief Financial Officer$190,001
William MummaBoard Chair$45,962

Compensation data as of: 9/30/2023


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History

Since its founding in 1994, Becket's record shows it is the only law firm that defends religious liberty for all faiths.

In just over 25 years, Becket has become the premier religious liberty law firm and the only non-profit, public-interest legal and educational institute that protects the free expression of all religious traditions.

In 1994, founder Kevin "Seamus" Hasson left a top D.C. law firm and opened Becket in Washington, D.C. Since then, Becket has grown into a vibrant law firm that has national and international reach. Though certainly not the largest, it is widely regarded-across political and religious lines-as the best religious liberty law firm in the United States. Since its founding, Becket has maintained an average 85% win rate in its cases.

Becket's principal work has always been First Amendment litigation, not only on behalf of people of faith against the government, but also in defense of the government when it is sued for being religion-friendly. The firm files most of its lawsuits in federal court, but beginning in 2004, it started filing suits before international tribunals under international law. Most of its academic work is accomplished under the umbrella of the Becket Institute, which was founded at St. Hugh's College of Oxford University in 1997.

Becket is named after Thomas Becket (1118-70 AD), who stood resolutely at the intersection of church and state. As a friend of King Henry II, Becket served as Chancellor of England and oversaw the laws of the kingdom. But as Archbishop of Canterbury, he steadfastly refused to allow the King to interfere in the affairs of the Church and was martyred by the King's knights for defending the principles of religious liberty.


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