We are a 501(c)(3) Organization

Catholic Legal Services, Archdiocese of Miami, Inc. (CLS) is a 501 (c)(3) organization established under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Miami. Our organization is listed in The Official Catholic Directory (P.J. Kenedy & Sons). The Official Catholic Directory is the official source for verifying the tax-exempt status of Catholic institutions under the IRS/United Staes Conference of Catholic Bishop's Group Ruling. Click here for more information.

For the letter from the Archdiocese of Miami certifying CLS as an institution established under its auspices click here.
For the letter from the Internal Revenue Service showing status of group tax exemption click here.

Donor Bill of Rights

You may download a copy of the Donor Bill of Rights in English, French (Déclaration des Droits des Bailleurs De Fonds), and Spanish (Declaración de los Derechos de los Donantes).

Catholic Legal Services, Archdiocese of Miami, Inc. believes in the rights of donors and subscribes to the Donor Bill of Rights. This statement of rights was developed by the following organizations: the American Association of Fund Raising Counsel, Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and National Society of Fund Raising Executives. The full text of the Donor Bill of Rights follows.

"PHILANTHROPY is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

I To be informed of the organization's mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
II To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization's governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
III To have access to the organization's most recent financial statements.
IV To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
V To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
VI To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
VII To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
VIII To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
IX To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
X To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

Annual Reports

2022 Annual Report
2021 Annual Report
2020 Annual Report
2018 Annual Report
2017 Annual Report
2016 Annual Report
2015 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report
2013 Annual Report
2011-2012 Annual Report
2010-2011 Annual Report
2008 Annual Report
2007 Annual Report
2005 Annual Report

Financial Disclosures

2021 Audited Financial Statements
2020 Audited Financial Statements
2019 Audited Financial Statements
2018 Audited Financial Statements
2017 Audited Financial Statements
2016 Audited Financial Statements
2015 Audited Financial Statements

990 Disclosures

Federal law requires non-profit organizations to disclose applicable forms (including 1023, 990 and 990-EZ, 990-T, and 527) when requests are made in-person or in writing. Federal law also requires that tax-exempt organizations make its annual information returns available for public inspection without charge at the organization’s headquarters or financial offices during regular business hours.

2017 990 Disclosure
2016 990 Disclosure
2015 990 Disclosure
2014 990 Disclosure