- Issue 13 (May 2017)
- Issue 14 (June 2017)
- Issue 15 (July 2017)
- Issue 16 (September 2017)
- Partner Profile
The DC Bar Foundation continues to explore ways in which we could increase our impact on the legal aid needs of our community. After 40 years of private funding and 10 years of public funding, both totaling more than $50 million in support of DC’s legal aid community, we are evaluating our grant-making and exploring how we can be more influential and impactful in narrowing the access to justice gap.
The DC Bar Foundation is gearing up to award more than $5 million in grants this December, to increase access to justice for DC’s most under-served communities. As the stewards of public funding, private contributions, and interest from certain trust accounts, we pride ourselves in the integrity of our grant-making and our commitment to addressing the most pressing civil legal needs of DC’s vulnerable residents.
This past spring, the Foundation's Advisory Committee welcomed five new members, all with expertise in different areas: law, community development, banking, fundraising, and communications. A diverse range of professional experiences will undoubtedly help guide DCBF as we continue to think strategically about our impact on the District's legal aid community. A topic that piqued interest during the Advisory Committee's most recent meeting was how the Foundation can better incentivize innovation among the city's network of legal aid providers.
In a city with the highest per capita rate of homelessness in the country, we know all too well how essential it is that we protect reliable, affordable housing in our community. But here in the District, the options for low-income homes have plummeted over the last decade, setting DC as the least affordable housing jurisdiction in the country and leaving low-income residents with nowhere to turn and without a home.
Safe and affordable housing creates strong and stable communities and is a necessity in breaking the cycle of poverty. In DC, however, half of the city’s supply of low-income rental units disappeared between 2002 and 2012, and homeownership among DC’s low-income residents decreased by 40% from 2001 to 2014 .
YLN LC members serve as ambassadors for DCBF’s mission and help raise support for DC legal aid providers. Through networking dinners, fundraising events, and other opportunities, members have a chance to connect with other young attorneys across the District interested in supporting legal aid and to gain experience in non-profit Board service.
Nearly 35 years ago, Whitman-Walker Health received its first grant from DCBF. Over the past three decades, the Foundation has supported Whitman-Walker Health as it has transformed into the most reputable medical and legal services organization for DC’s LGBTQ and low-income community. In honor of LGBTQ Pride Month, the DC Bar Foundation recognizes the outstanding work of Whitman-Walker Health.
YLN LC members serve as ambassadors in order to promote DCBF’s mission and programs and to help raise additional resources in support of DC legal aid providers. Join us for Happy Hour on Tuesday, July 27th to learn more.
Krisztina Szabo is a staff attorney with Whitman-Walker Health, an unwavering advocate of the LGBTQ community for nearly 40 years. June is LGBTQ Pride Month, and we would like to recognize Krisztina for her tireless work in providing free legal assistance to DC's LGBTQ community.