Social ROI

Our research shows that for every $1 we spent, we generated $6.63 in financial benefits for our clients and deterred $14.75 in illegal activity.

Direct Benefit

Deterrence Value

We analyzed our costs and case results using a standard methodology created by the Robin Hood Foundation and discovered that for every one dollar we spent on services and overhead, we generated about $6.63 in short and long term financial benefits for our clients and deterred up to $14.75 in illegal activity.

When you compare our social return on investment to other high-performing nonprofits in other sectors, who used the same methodology to arrive at their results, you can see that legal services easily has the highest SROI.

This doesn’t mean other types of human services aren’t incredibly important. It does mean that when governments, foundations, and individuals are looking to invest in ways that address poverty, legal services should be the first intervention that’s funded, not the last.

  • Legal Services 85.6% 85.6%
  • Food Kitchen and Services 24% 24%
  • Early Childhood Education 20% 20%
  • Micro-Finance 16.8% 16.8%
  • Elementary School 16.4% 16.4%
  • Women’s Shelter 12% 12%
  • Public Health Clinic 12% 12%
  • Housing and Services 12% 12%
  • Financial Education 7.6% 7.6%

To review our full methodology, check out our report.