The DC Bar Foundation's annual Call to Action campaign kicks off this month. Each year, through this campaign, local law firms and corporations generously fund civil legal aid for District residents who are financially disenfranchised or otherwise underserved. 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 so they can continue offering life-saving services to residents in need.
Last year, 89 generous law firms and corporations in DC helped us exceed our $535,000 goal by eight percent. This year, to continue building strong legal aid networks that meet the needs of our community's most vulnerable residents, we are asking over 120 firms, corporations, and faith communities to step forward to raise $550,000. We know that we can meet and even exceed this ambitious goal with your support.
We thank those who have given to Call to Action consecutively over the years, particularly those who have increased their gift amounts. 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.