The Legal Foundation of Washington believes our laws should protect all of us, not just those who can afford a lawyer. We promote equal justice by generating resources, making grant investments and providing technical help for our state’s network of civil legal aid providers. All of our work is guided by the goal of making real the promise of justice for all.
We promote philanthropic giving from lawyers and judges via the Campaign for Equal Justice and Endowment for Equal Justice. We advocate for public funding at the county, state, and federal levels via the Equal Justice Coalition. We manage the Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts program, which generates funds from lawyers’ trust accounts. In recent years we have been successful cultivating new revenue, receiving a $13 million grant from the Washington State Attorney General for foreclosure prevention work, a multi-million dollar class action award to fund work with prisoners and their families, and grants from other foundations to build capacity for legal aid.
LFW invests in organizations that provide legal solutions for low-income people facing problems that threaten their basic human needs. We make recurring annual grants to nonprofit legal aid providers. We also make special grants to address targeted issues, such as the problematic effects of mass incarceration on vulnerable people and their families. We support new projects via small grants designed to encourage innovative approaches to client services.
To help legal aid organizations work effectively, we offer an umbrella of support resources, including a shared case management system, interpreter services, technical assistance and more.