The Public Welfare Foundation and the Kresge Foundation have released an excellent and useful briefing paper on the relationship between legal aid and philanthropy.
The core argument is simple:
Ultimately, civil legal aid is a powerful tool that can increase the impact of a funder’s support. At the same time, it empowers low-income people and communities to have an equal shot at the justice they deserve to meet their basic needs, promotes more dignity and stability in their lives, and creates pathways out of poverty.
The briefing paper discusses the core areas of legal aid work, including both individual advocacy and broader work, points out the impact of the funding crisis, and suggests ways that the two partners can work together.
I very much hope that it will have the impact that it deserves. Please spread it around.