D.C. Bar Foundation Awards $615K in Grants
July 14, 2015
The D.C. Bar Foundation has awarded $615,000 in grants to 22 organizations that provide civil legal services to underserved, low-income residents of the District of Columbia.
Recipients of this year’s grants provide direct legal assistance in areas of civil law such as housing, health and disability, immigration, education, employment, and victims’ rights. While most organizations received general support grants, four of the grantees received project-specific funding.
The Bar Foundation has awarded nearly $24 million in grants to local civil legal services providers since 1978. The money is generated from interest earned on trust accounts and private contributions, primarily through the Call to Action campaign. This year’s campaign was cochaired by Thomas S. Williamson Jr., senior counsel at Covington & Burling LLP and former D.C. Bar president, and Stasia Kelly, co-managing partner at DLA Piper LLP.
D.C. Bar Foundation Executive Director Kirra L. Jarratt said the grants would not have been possible without the generous support of donors that “allows us to assist civil legal services organizations that provide exceptional legal representation to the most vulnerable and underserved residents of D.C.”
Susan Hoffman, president of the Bar Foundation’s board of directors and a partner at Crowell & Moring LLP, said the board “is committed to continuing its support of funding for legal services providers in the District of Columbia [that] work tirelessly to close the justice gap by providing legal services to vulnerable populations.”