Transparency in Everything That We Do
Due to their public service mission, nonprofits operate under sort of an automatic halo effect. Nonprofits do good so we tend to assume they behave well.
That is mostly true. But it is also true that trust must be earned. We dedicate this page to earning and keeping your trust. Trust means being transparent. And being transparent means sharing information (a LOT of information) about how we operate.
Over the next year, you will find more and more information at this location. Annual reports, financial reports, special announcements and other information that shines the light on how we are pursuing our mission.
Note that the links below will take you to the respective document on the Issuu website. We store all our public documents on Issuu.
- 2014 Form 990 - October 1, 2014 - September 30, 2015
- 2015 Evaluation of Texas Innocence Projects by the Texas Indigent Defense Commission
Where Does Our Current/Recent Support Come From?
- Texas A&M University School of Law (with funds received from the State of Texas)
- Texas Tech University School of Law (with funds received from the State of Texas)
- Willett Foundation | Denver, CO
- U.S. Department of Justice (Wrongful Conviction Review Grant)
- Individual Donors
Investments by individuals will be our economic engine going forward. We serve a virtually no-income community (inmates in Texas prisons do not make an hourly wage or receive other compensation for the mandatory work they perform behind bars. They must rely on other sources for funding.) So unlike, say hospitals or universities, user fees are not an option for us.
How We Spend Other People's Money (%)
The breakdown above is for our most recent fiscal year, based on our recently filed 990. It's not where we want to be. We recorded zero dollars for fundraising, which actually represents weakness and not strength. We recognize that we have to build an organization around the work in order to be healthy and productive.
Younger nonprofits (and we're still young) tend to spend more on fundraising than more mature nonprofits. This makes perfect sense when you think about it. Low cost charitable revenue (major gifts, planned giving, etc.) is a standard feature of more developed organizations. And those programs themselves require a solid investment to operate at a professional level.
As we continue to "build out" our work, we will make investments in a professional development (fundraising) program. As Louisiana exoneree once told me, "There's no shame in my game." Similarly, fundraising is not a dirty word. It is the lifeblood of the work.
Without your help the wheels of justice don't turn for those who desperately need them.