Amid an especially difficult environment for the funding
of civil legal aid programs, the Boston Bar Foundation (BBF) today
announced that it will make grants totaling $900,000 to 28 community legal
service providers. Among the grantees are organizations working to assist
low-income families and individuals who face problems relating to immigration,
domestic violence, and homelessness, as well as increasingly prevalent issues
such as human trafficking and environmental justice.
BBF President Jack
"As revenue from Interest on Lawyer Trust
Accounts (IOLTA), once the primary source of funding for civil legal aid, continues
to decline, the BBF has worked diligently to fortify these grants with
monies derived from the BBF's 2013 Adams Benefit, BBF Reserves, and other
BBF fundraising efforts. IOLTA funds account for just 55 percent of the grants we
"Working with a limited pool of money required tight
scrutiny of each and every project, and in the end, some very tough choices. We
take seriously our fiduciary responsibility to ensure that the grants made by
the BBF will go to organizations that will have the greatest impact on our
community. We feel a strong obligation to ensure that the groups we fund can
demonstrate both the ability to provide meaningful services to people in need
and economic sustainability over the long haul.
"These grants would not
have been possible without the generous contributions of the lawyers, law firms,
and businesspeople who support the mission of the Foundation. Thanks to our
donors, we are able to continue to fund legal services even while other
resources have dwindled. We are grateful to our donors for helping facilitate
access to justice."
The Grants Committee was chosen for its knowledge of
the Boston community as well as the expertise and experience to optimize a
limited sum of money.
The following organizations received grants ranging
from $3,000 to $350,000:
Alternatives for Community &
Brazilian Immigrant Center
Casa Myrna Vazquez
Children's Law Center of Massachusetts
Community Legal Services and Counseling Center
Ecumenical Community Council
Finex House, Inc.
Greater Boston Legal
Irish International Immigrant Center
Lawyers Clearinghouse on
Affordable Housing and Homelessness
Legal Advocacy & Resource Center,
Lutheran Community Services, Inc.
Massachusetts Advocates for
Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and
Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Medical-Legal Partnership |
MetroWest Legal Services, Inc.
Neighborhood Legal Services,
Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project
Shelter Legal Services Foundation, Inc.
Community Action Program, Inc.
Victim Rights Law Center
Project of the Boston Bar Association