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: lnolan@becketlaw.org


Organization details

EIN: 521858532

CEO/President: Mark Rienzi

Chairman: William P. Mumma

Board size: 12

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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Transparency grade

C

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Advocacy

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating413 of 102213 of 41
Fund acquisition rating430 of 102414 of 41
Resource allocation rating198 of 102411 of 41
Asset utilization rating754 of 102227 of 41

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20212020201920182016
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
9%7%9%8%8%6%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
8%6%9%6%7%6%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
98%83%100%74%89%101%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
9%8%10%9%8%6%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
2%17%0%26%11%-1%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20212020201920182016
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
80%86%85%85%86%87%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
91%72%97%64%91%99%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
70%62%82%55%79%86%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
9%28%3%36%9%1%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
15%32%3%55%21%4%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
11%6%6%6%6%7%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20212020201920182016
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.250.741.050.921.931.80
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.221.071.031.051.111.11
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.070.791.080.962.141.99
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20212020201920182016
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
10.039.7236.4723.347.972.57
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.100.030.040.130.39
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
5.6413.5610.8011.914.913.69
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20212020201920182016
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
22%10%4%5%12%38%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%1%3%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
69%121%91%103%46%34%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20212020201920182016
Cash$5,199,140$3,332,055$4,625,794$1,340,328$2,141,646
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
 
Liabilities20212020201920182016
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
Debt$0$0$0$20,610$103,051
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
 
Revenue20212020201920182016
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
 
Expenses20212020201920182016
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
Fundraising$663,586$696,953$544,772$480,802$354,785
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

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Mark RienziPresident and CEO$318,576
Eric BaxterVP & Senior Counsel$246,166
Eric RassbachVP & Senior Counsel$239,643
Luke GoodrichVP & Senior Counsel$237,172
Montse AlvaradoVP & Chief Operating Officer$232,290
Daniel BlombergSenior Counsel$210,614
Lori WindhamSenior Counsel$202,588
Eric HinesChief Financial Officer$150,711
William MummaBoard Chair$46,627

Compensation data as of: 9/30/2021


Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 4/7/2022. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


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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