The mission of the DC Bar Foundation is to fund, support, and improve the civil legal services network of the District of Columbia. We are the leading funder of civil legal aid in the city, and we are committed to equal access to the justice system for District residents, regardless of income level. The Foundation's funding allows civil legal services organizations to provide assistance to thousands of District residents each year.


DC Bar Foundation Awards $950,000 to Prevent Foreclosures and Redevelop Communities

The DC Bar Foundation awarded $950,000 in grants to five two-year projects focused on foreclosure prevention and community redevelopment. Lawyers funded by these grants will provide free civil legal assistance to DC residents living in poverty and who are facing situations including forclosures, wrongful eviction, poor housing conditions, and expiring housing subsidies. Read the full press release and list of grantees here.


DCBF to Participate in the 2016 Combined Federal Campaign (Designation Code: 87957)

The DC Bar Foundation will proudly participate in the 2016 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), which is scheduled to run from September 1st to December 15th. The CFC is the official workplace-giving campaign of the federal government. Its mission is to promote and support philanthropy among federal employees and give them the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all.

For more information about the CFC and how to make a gift, click here. To learn more about the Foundation’s participation in the program, please contact David Stone, Development Officer, at stone@dcbarfoundation.org or (202) 853-9025.


DC Bar Foundation Awards $900,000 in Grants to Expand Access to Justice

Between July 2016 and December 2017, the DC Bar Foundation will award $900,000 to 22 organizations that provide direct civil legal assistance to underserved and low-income DC residents. These grants are funded by private donations to DCBF and by the DC Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program, which DCBF administers. The organizations receiving grants provide legal help in many areas of civil law, including housing, employment, domestic violence, immigration, education, health, and disability rights. Read our press release and see a complete list of grantees here.


More than $4.5 Million Awarded to DC Civil Legal Aid Organizations

The DC Bar Foundation announced the 2016 recipients of the Access to Justice Grants Program (public grants), which awards grants to DC-based legal aid organizations that provide free legal help to low-income DC residents. A total of $4,544,000 was awarded to 33 projects, of which eight are new. Read the press release here.


Jennifer L. Berger of Legal Counsel for the Elderly to Receive Annual Scoutt Prize

The DC Bar Foundation has selected Jennifer L. Berger, Esquire, as the recipient of the 2016 Jerrold Scoutt Prize. Ms. Berger is a Supervisory Attorney at Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE).

The Scoutt prize is awarded annually to an attorney who has worked for a significant portion of his or her career at a nonprofit organization providing direct hands-on legal services to the needy in the District of Columbia, has demonstrated compassionate concern for his or her clients, and has exhibited a high degree of skill on their behalf.

The DC Bar Foundation will present the 2016 Jerrold Scoutt Prize during the DC Bar’s Judicial Reception on Thursday, April 21, 2016.