Vision, Mission & History

LFW Vision
Civil legal aid is a basic human right, available and effective for all low-income people.

LFW Mission
Equal civil justice for low-income people.

History
The Legal Foundation of Washington is a non-profit organizations created in 1984 at the direction of the Washington Supreme Court to distribute IOLTA funds to legal aid organizations across the state. LFW has over thirty years of experience raising, managing, and distributing funds to achieve equal civil justice for low-income people. We seek to ensure access to civil legal aid for all people in Washington, and to improve the civil justice system to be more equitable and just. Our work contributes to breaking cycles of poverty and ensuring equal opportunity.

We serve thousands of low-income people each year by investing in civil legal aid organizations across Washington. We bring expertise about our state civil legal aid system to ensure thoughtful grantmaking. We receive support from public and private partners who are committed to equal justice and system reform. We responsibly steward and strategically distribute these funds throughout the state.

Since 1984, LFW has distributed more than $175 million to Washington’s legal aid community.