Help for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Matches with Law Firms


Since 1999, the Nonprofit Legal Assistance Program of the District of Columbia Bar Pro Bono Center has matched community-based nonprofits that otherwise could not afford to pay for legal help with on-going pro bono legal counsel from top District of Columbia law firms. These firms assist with corporate law and governance, real estate law, employment law, risk management, intellectual property and other transactional legal needs.

Read our success stories over the years.



All applicants undergo a screening process to determine eligibility and whether there is a law firm available to take the matter.

Existing nonprofit organizations must be:

  • a charitable, educational or community organization;
  • providing direct services to persons of limited means living in the District of Columbia; and
  • unable to pay legal fees because doing so would significantly deplete the organization's ability to provide services.

New nonprofit organizations must fulfill the above and at least have:

  • a business plan;
  • a board of directors;
  • attended a nonprofit training course.

If your organization would like to apply for assistance from the Nonprofit Legal Assistance Program, please complete and return the application below.

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