Grantmaking & Support
Our grants and support for over 35 legal aid nonprofits promote access to justice and remove barriers for people facing poverty, abuse, and discrimination.
The Access to Justice Gap
Philadelphia has the worst poverty rate of the largest U.S. cities.
Only 1 in 5 low-income individuals and families in Philadelphia receive legal assistance needed for crucial problems affecting their lives.
The Bar Foundation Removes Barriers to Justice
We are the only foundation in Philadelphia solely dedicated to sustaining and strengthening our city's legal services community, providing over $3 million in grants and other support in the last five years.
Research shows that every dollar invested in legal aid yields, on average, an $11 benefit for the individual, their family, and the whole community.
Supporting the Full Range of Legal Services
Over 35 nonprofit legal aid organizations receive annual grants and other support from the Bar Foundation, representing the full range of vital services for people in need.
Over 60,000 clients per year receive direct services from organizations funded by the Foundation, as well as tens of thousands more who benefit through impact litigation and advocacy.
More than Just Grants
The Bar Foundation addresses a wide variety of needs in the legal aid sector, including training programs, fellowships, awards, and assistance for technical and operational issues.