Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

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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


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:


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 rating473 of 109115 of 43
Fund acquisition rating444 of 109415 of 43
Resource allocation rating269 of 109413 of 43
Asset utilization rating809 of 109129 of 43

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$4,977,708$3,325,658$1,772,360$1,640,247$910,254
Short-term investments$2,377$63,428$37,355$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$10,179,225$6,721,141$6,435,509$2,980,575$3,051,900
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$228,448$109,678$195,269$229,555$290,683
Other long-term assets$445,675$80,322$124,653$101,397$36,832
Total long-term assets$674,123$190,000$319,922$330,952$327,515
Total assets$10,853,348$6,911,141$6,755,431$3,311,527$3,379,415
Payables and accrued expenses$143,761$146,739$113,650$112,269$605,257
Other current liabilities$903,286$37,572$162,052$261,783$580,696
Total current liabilities$1,047,047$184,311$275,702$374,052$1,185,953
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$44,366$103,481$70,305$11,703$4,907
Total long-term liabilities$44,366$103,481$70,305$32,313$107,958
Total liabilities$1,091,413$287,792$346,007$406,365$1,293,911
Net assets20212020201920182016
Without donor restrictions$6,934,435$3,693,619$4,644,168$1,751,533$1,345,504
With donor restrictions$2,827,500$2,929,730$1,765,256$1,153,629$740,000
Net assets$9,761,935$6,623,349$6,409,424$2,905,162$2,085,504
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$9,325,788$7,479,873$7,201,982$6,247,519$6,194,659
Program service revenue$2,159,119$1,875$2,734,104$933,079$276,285
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$13,943($1,633)$64$262$605
Other revenue($282,471)$124($236,457)($198,755)($313,832)
Total other revenue$1,890,591$366$2,497,711$734,586($36,942)
Total revenue$11,216,379$7,480,239$9,699,693$6,982,105$6,157,717
Program services$6,948,485$6,163,517$5,288,288$5,512,448$5,296,886
Management and general$466,964$402,903$370,745$382,059$419,617
Total expenses$8,079,035$7,263,373$6,203,805$6,375,309$6,071,288
Change in net assets20212020201920182016
Surplus (deficit)$3,137,344$216,866$3,495,888$606,796$86,429
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$3,137,344$216,866$3,495,888$606,796$86,429


Mark RienziPresident and CEO$321,647
Eric BaxterVP & Senior Counsel$256,629
Eric RassbachVP & Senior Counsel$244,988
Montse AlvaradoChief Operating Officer & Executive Director$237,453
Luke GoodrichVP & Senior Counsel$236,181
Daniel BlombergVP & Senior Counsel$215,608
Lori WindhamVP & Senior Counsel$209,262
Eric HinesChief Financial Officer$173,888
William MummaBoard Chair$47,775

Compensation data as of: 9/30/2022

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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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