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Contact: Robin L. Rivett
President
Pacific Legal Foundation
rlr@pacificlegal.org
(916) 419-7111

 

PLF’s pro-freedom work is fueled by nationwide, grassroots support


SACRAMENTO, CA; April 14, 2014: On the eve of tax filing day, Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) is pleased to report that again in 2013, thousands of average Americans, nationwide, contributed tax-deductible donations to PLF and our mission to defend liberty and the victims of overreaching government.

Robin L. Rivett
President

PLF is a nonprofit, public-interest watchdog organization that litigates for limited government, property rights, individual rights, free enterprise, and a balanced approach to environmental regulations, in courts nationwide. Founded in 1973, PLF has always been donor-supported, and all donations are tax deductible up to the limits allowed by law.

Some key data about the nationwide support that made PLF’s work possible in 2013:

  • In 2013, PLF received approximately $7.6 million in donations (our “2013 contributed income”). This amount was contributed by 8,779 donors, and donations came from every part of the country.
  • Of the 8,779 donors, 7,743 of them — or 88.2 percent of our donors — gave less than $1,000.
  • The majority of PLF’s 2013 contributed income came from individuals — 55.1 percent.
  • A little over a quarter of PLF’s 2013 contributed income — 26.8 percent — came from foundations (including small family foundations).
  • Associations accounted for 2.4 percent of PLF’s 2013 contributed income.
  • Companies (including small mom-and-pop companies) provided 15.7 percent of PLF’s 2013 contributed income.
  • Only $2.7 million, or 35 percent, of PLF’s 2013 contributed income came from donors who gave $25,000 or more (and this included PLF’s foundation grants). There were 45 donors at this level.
  • In addition to the $7.6 million in 2013 contributed income, PLF also received $1,993,393 in 2013 in the form of estate gifts from people who had passed on and wanted to leave a lasting legacy for freedom.

“Again in 2013, PLF’s fight for freedom in the courts was made possible by broad, grassroots support from one end of the country to the other,” said PLF President Robin L. Rivett. “The vast majority of PLF’s donations came from thousands of everyday Americans — individuals, families, and mom-and-pop business people. These are average people who cherish America’s heritage of liberty and appreciate PLF’s success in defending it. Their generosity allows us to stand up for constitutional rights, and represent victims of bureaucratic and regulatory abuse, all across the country, and to do so without charging our clients a penny in attorney’s fees.

“We are grateful and honored to have such an extensive family of donors,” Rivett continued. “We view their support as a responsibility and a trust. Their commitment to us inspires us to be unflagging in our commitment to defending freedom, and to use all donations prudently, strategically, and effectively.”

About Pacific Legal Foundation
Donor-supported Pacific Legal Foundation is a nonprofit, public-interest watchdog organization that litigates for limited government, property rights, individual rights, free enterprise, and a balanced approach to environmental regulations in courts nationwide. PLF attorneys represent all clients free of charge.