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December 2023 News of Note

CIR Updates:

Our partner NPC Research just released a new report summarizing community member feedback about the Coordinated Intake and Referral system. With the help of our community partners, we conducted focus groups with clients of legal and social services organizations. As with our previous CIR reports, the information we collected will be used to inform the design and development of a user-centered CIR system. 

 

Support our Call to Action Campaign

The DC Bar Foundation’s annual Call to Action campaign is now underway. So far, 22 firms and corporations have generously committed $170,650, or 32% of our $533,000 goal. You can see a complete list of Call to Action donors on our website. 

 

Dollars raised through Call to Action support training programs for legal aid lawyers, provide financial support to those same attorneys through our Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP), and bolster the Foundation’s operating grants, which provide critical unrestricted funding to legal aid organizations in DC. These grants help some of our grantees keep the lights on to continue offering life-saving services to residents in need.

 

We thank those who have given to Call to Action consecutively over the years, particularly those who have increased their gift amounts. This year's donor recognition tiers are based on the gift amount divided by the number of attorneys in the firm's DC office, creating a more equitable recognition system for firms of all sizes. Your continued support expands the Foundation’s reach in the civil legal aid community. It helps make it possible for us to transform DC’s civil legal aid network so that all District residents have a fair and equal legal experience. 

 

To learn more about how your workplace can support Call to Action, please visit our website or contact Daryl Byler, Director of Development and Communications, at byler@dcbarfoundation.org.

 

 

New Ways to Give: Stock, Crypto, Donor Advised Funds, Endowment

The DC Bar Foundation has a new investment advisor, Infinite Giving, and can now receive a variety of alternative donations, including stock, cryptocurrency, Donor Advised Fund contributions, and endowment gifts. Please click HERE to learn more about these exciting new giving options.

 

We are thrilled to offer multiple giving options to our donors, especially as we are receiving an increasing number of gifts from Donor Advised Funds. Please contact Daryl Byler, Director of Development & Communications byler@dcbarfoundation.org, if you have questions about a stock gift or one from your DAF.

 

Join the DC Bard Foundation Board of Directors

The DC Bar Foundation seeks nominations for Board members with a three-year term that will begin on October 1, 2024. Preferred applicants will demonstrate a commitment to racial equity and familiarity with the DC legal aid community in their cover letter. Experience in network development, fundraising, community organizing, or research and evaluation is strongly preferred. Applicants do not need to have a Juris Doctor degree. For more information about the Foundation and its activities, please visit our website. Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to nominations@dcbarfoundation.org by February 15, 2024.

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