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December 08, 2006

Bar Foundation Increases Grants Awarded By 10 Percent

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation Board of Trustees approved grants to 30 legal services organizations at a meeting on Dec. 5. The Foundation provides grants and technical assistance to legal services organizations that have demonstrated both a need for financial support and an effective program for assisting clients.

The grants, given to organizations that serve Philadelphians struggling with poverty, abuse and discrimination, ranged from $2,750 to $102,000. Coupled with other awards presented throughout the year, the Foundation’s grant total for 2006 was $428,000, an increase of more than $40,000 from 2005.

“This year has manifested, to a higher degree than ever before, the intense commitment and devotion of the entire Philadelphia Legal Community to promoting access to our justice system for those who can’t find their way without our help – the poor, the disabled, the discriminated against, the underprivileged, our children, the elderly,” said Robert D. Lane, whose two-year term as president of the Foundation expires this month. “The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is proud to announce the largest annual grant and award fund distribution in our history, in excess of $425,000, as compared to little more than half of that amount only a few years ago. As we demonstrate our support and admiration for our grant and award recipients, the many legal service agencies that provide the access to justice that we seek to promote, we also want to thank the lawyers, law firms and companies who work with us. Without their generous contributions, the Foundation’s work would not be possible.”

Founded in 1964 as the charitable arm of the Philadelphia Bar Association devoted to the support of legal services agencies, the Philadelphia Bar Foundation’s mission is to promote access to justice for citizens in the region, particularly those struggling with poverty, abuse and discrimination.

Fundraising efforts by the Foundation throughout the year include a golf outing, the Andrew Hamilton Gala, individual donations, and the recently developed Raising the Bar Campaign, which raised almost $1.5 million in 2006 through donations by Philadelphia law firms.

The 2006 Philadelphia Bar Foundation grantees:
  • ACLU Foundation
  • AIDS Law Project
  • Custody and Support Assistance Clinic
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Assistant Project
  • Center for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights
  • Community Legal Services
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates
  • Disabilities Law Project
  • Education Law Center
  • Friends of Farmworkers
  • HIAS and Council
  • Homeless Advocacy Project
  • Juvenile Law Center
  • Legal Clinic for the Disabled
  • Nationalities Service Center
  • PA Health Law Project
  • PA Immigration Resouce Center
  • PA Institutional Law Project
  • PA for Modern Courts
  • Philadelphia. Legal Assistance
  • Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Project
  • Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for Arts
  • Public Interest Law Center of Phila.
  • Regional Housing Legal Services
  • SeniorLAW Center
  • Society Created to Reduce Urban Blight
  • Support Center for Child Advocates
  • Women Against Abuse
  • Women's Law Project
  • Women Organized Against Rape
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