THE NEW YORK BAR FOUNDATION AWARDS $600,000 IN GRANTS TO LEGAL SERVICES ORGANIZATION ACROSS NYS
The New York Bar Foundation announced that it distributed more than $600,000 in charitable and educational grants to ninety-five legal services organizations across the state. “These grants are critically important as they help fund programs related to access to justice in areas such as education, elder law, domestic violence, racial equity, veterans matters, housing, and family stability,” said Foundation President Carla M. Palumbo. “Included in these allocations were grants for attorney well-being, recognizing the statewide need for attorney wellness and mental health support.”
The impact of The New York Bar Foundation is profound. A compilation of 2023 Grantee reports showed that grants served more than 1.2 million people and benefited more than 2.7 million of our neighbors in need of legal services throughout New York State.
“As lawyers we are committed to upholding human rights and fundamental freedoms,” said the Chair of the Foundation’s Grants Review Committee, Lucia Whisenand. “These grants assist in fulfilling that commitment and amplify the impact of the donations we receive. The people we assist through the programs we support are our neighbors, the people we pass on the street, and members of the communities in which we live. Often, the grants are helping people out of dire situations.”
The Foundation receives more than $1million in grant requests each year. Grants typically range from $5,000 to $15,000. “The New York Bar Foundation’s grant program has a positive impact on New York State communities and the legal profession,” added June Castellano, vice-chair of the Grants Review Committee. “The Foundation’s grant-making goes to the heart of what it means to have the rule of law in our society by demonstrating the work of the legal system and lawyers to meet critical unmet legal needs.”
2023 Foundation Grantee Organizations
Judicial District 1 (Manhattan)Advocates for Children of New York
Cabrini Immigrant Services of NYC
Catholic Charities Community Services, Archdiocese of New York
Center for Family Representation (CFR)
Goddard Riverside Community Center
Her Justice Inc.
International Refugee Assistance Project
Legal Action Center
Lutheran Social Services of Metropolitan New York Inc., The New Life School
Mobilization for Justice, Inc.
National Center for law and Economic Justice, Inc.
New York Asian Women’s Center
New York County Lawyers’ Association
Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights
Safe Horizon, Inc.
The Door – A Center of Alternatives, Inc.
The Legal Aid Society
The Open Door NJNY
Under 21, d.b.a. Covenant House New York
Urban Justice Center
Volunteers of Legal Service
Youth Justice Network
Judicial District 2 (Kings County)
Access Justice Brooklyn
Brooklyn Defender Services
Brooklyn Legal Services
Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A
Disability Rights New York
The Family Center, Inc.
Young New Yorkers
Judicial District 3 (Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Schoharie, Sullivan, Ulster counties)
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region, Inc.
Joseph’s House & Shelter
Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York
New York Newspapers Foundation
NYSBA Department of Public Interest
NYSBA Law, Youth and Citizenship Program
NYSBA Lawyer Assistance Program
NYSBA Publications Department
NYSBA, Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Prisoners’ Legal Services
The Center for Community Justice
The Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood
United Tenants of Albany, Inc.
Worker Justice Center of New York
Judicial District 5 (Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego, Oneida, Onondaga counties)
Center for Community Alternatives
Frank H. Hiscock Legal Aid Society
Resolution Center of Jefferson and Lewis Counties, Inc.
Volunteer Lawyers Project of CNY, Inc.
Judicial District 6 (Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Madison, Otsego, Schuyler, Tioga, Tompkins counties)
Horseheads Family Resource Center
Nonnie Hood Parent Resource Center
The American Civic Association
Judicial District 7 (Cayuga, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Yates counties)
CASA of Rochester/Monroe County
Empire Justice Center
Hillside Children’s Foundation
The Legal Aid Society of Rochester, NY
Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.
Lifespan of Greater Rochester, Inc.
Judicial District 8 (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, Wyoming counties)
Center for Elder Law & Justice
Family Justice Center of Erie County
NYSBA Committee on Courts of Appellate Jurisdiction
The Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Inc.
Western New York Law Center, Inc.
Judicial District 9 (Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Westchester counties)
Girls Rule The Law
Legal Services of the Hudson Valley
My Sisters’ Place, Inc.
Petey Greene Program
Judicial District 10 (Nassau, Suffolk counties)
Community Legal Advocates Of New York Inc.
Fair Housing Justice Center
Huntington Youth Bureau Youth Development Research Institute, Inc.
Long Island Alzheimer’s and Dementia Center
Nassau Bar Foundation, Inc.
Port Washington Parent Resource Center
Project PATCH – Law Related Education Program of the Northport-East Northport School District
Pronto of Long Island
The Safe Center LI
Judicial District 11 (Queens County)
Emerald Isle Immigration Center
Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement
Legal Outreach, Inc.
Judicial District 12 (Bronx County)
The Bronx Defenders
Thurgood Marshall Junior Mock Trial Program
Judicial District 13 (Richmond County)
Richmond County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, Inc.