Bar Foundation (BBF) announced today that it will provide $825,500 in grants to
23 community organizations that work to provide legal services to those in
need. Nearly half of this amount is comprised of proceeds from the BBF's annual
John & Abigail Adams Benefit and BBF reserves, with the remainder derived
from IOLTA funds.
The grantee organizations administer critical legal aid
to the most vulnerable and underprivileged members of the population, such as
immigrants, domestic violence survivors, at-risk children, and
BBF President Jack Clymer stated:
"This year's funding
was made possible by the tremendous success of the John & Abigail Adams
Benefit, as well as the year-round support of the BBF's mission and fundraising
efforts by lawyers, law firms, and area businesses. Without the support of the
legal community, the Boston Bar Foundation would not have had the ability to
supply nearly half of the funding for this year's grants, which will go toward
ensuring equal access to justice for our fellow citizens.
economic climate means that we had to make some very tough decisions – ones that
our Grants Committee takes very seriously. The Committee deliberated extensively
to arrive at its final decisions and make sure that grants made would have the
maximum leverage in the Greater Boston community. We are confident that the
grantee organizations demonstrate not only the ability to provide much-needed
legal services to those in need, but also financial responsibility and
23 organizations will receive grants from the Boston Bar Foundation:
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
Legal Advocacy & Resource Center, Inc.
Advocates for Children
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
Tri-City Community Action Program, Inc.
Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar