LFW believes equal justice is a right, not a privilege.

Our grantmaking brings this vision to life by targeting inequalities in the civil legal system, where people seeking justice in a wide variety of cases — including immigration, worker rights, housing, and domestic violence — are not entitled to a lawyer and left to navigate complex systems by themselves.

We know that creating fair access to civil justice requires undoing systemic racial oppression and reflect racial justice and inclusion in all of our grantmaking. We are committed to long-term systemic change and commit more than half of our funding to impact litigation and policy reform that advance rights for people living in poverty.

LFW has invested in organizations fighting for civil justice in Washington State since 1984, and currently provides more than $10 million a year in grants for direct civil legal aid and systemic advocacy.