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)

FamilyKind, Ltd.

Goddard Riverside Community Center

Her Justice Inc.


International Refugee Assistance Project

Legal Action Center

Legal Momentum

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

UnLocal, Inc.

Urban Justice Center

Volunteers of Legal Service

Youth Justice Network

Youth Represent

Judicial District 2 (Kings County)

Access Justice Brooklyn

Brooklyn Defender Services

Brooklyn Legal Services

Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A


Disability Rights New York

Housing Works

Immigration Equality

Project Guardianship

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.

EAC Network

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.

Queens Defenders

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.