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Your Impact

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Civil legal aid resolves urgent family crises while also addressing systemic causes of poverty

Funds from the Endowment are strategically disbursed and administered by the Legal Foundation of Washington to 23 organizations across our state, helping low-income families address urgent civil legal problems every day.

According to the 2015 Washington State Civil Legal Needs Study, three out of four Washington residents living below poverty level will face an urgent civil legal crisis every year. But only one-quarter of them will have access to legal help. The average low-income household in Washington faces more than nine legal issues every year — nearly triple the number from a decade earlier.

client-story-and-pic_1Even one unresolved legal problem can escalate into a series of complex and interconnected challenges that quickly endanger people’s health, housing or financial security. Because these kinds of issues so often mean the difference between hunger or food on the table, homelessness or a roof overhead, poverty or economic stability, your support for civil legal aid helps low-income people meet their most basic human needs.

Your support for civil legal aid also advances system and policy changes that break cycles of poverty forever. Your gifts to the Endowment fund organizations that advocate for fair policies at the local and state level — for example, defending people’s rights to be treated without discrimination when they apply for housing or jobs, working to protect public benefits from cuts or restrictions, or advancing legislation to safeguard non-violent juvenile offenders from discrimination by sealing their records.

 

The Impact Of Your Gift:

Your contribution can be life-changing.  The majority of American who come to court do so without legal aid.  They may be left by their economic circumstances to face life-altering events –such as losing a home or custody of children–on their own.  Formerly incarcerated people may need help getting a driver’s license reinstated to get to work.  Access to legal aid can help put people on a path to self sufficiency, lead to better outcomes and enhance the safety and strength of our communities.  It is a smart, results oriented investment with a priceless return.

 

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Your Giving Options:

Give to the Campaign for Equal Justice.
By giving to the Campaign for Equal Justice, you are supporting 23 legal aid programs throughout Washington. Your contribution also supports systemic reforms to remove the barriers that keep people in poverty like unfair legal financial obligations.  Wherever you live, it’s likely that Campaign funds are benefiting your community. Read more about the Campaign.

Give to the Endowment for Equal Justice.
The Endowment for Equal Justice raises unrestricted funds to provide a stable, reliable, adequate source of funding for the civil legal aid needs of low income Washington state residents.  Your gift to the Endowment will grow in value and provide legal help in perpetuity to generations of people. Read more about the Endowment.

You can help by directing cy pres awards to the Campaign or the Endowment.
If you are an attorney involved in the litigation of a class action lawsuit, you may have a chance to help direct funding to civil legal aid. Read more about cy pres.

Give your Time.  You can help by becoming a volunteer attorney.
Our local legal aid programs are always in need of skilled and compassionate lawyers. Read more about becoming a volunteer attorney.