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Legal Foundation of Washington

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Purpose and Activities

The vision of the foundation: Civil legal aid is a basic human right, available and effective for all low-income people. The mission of the foundation: Equal civil justice for low-income people. The foundation seeks to ensure access to civil legal aid for all people in Washington, and to improve the civil justice system to be more equitable and just. Its work contributes to breaking cycles of poverty and ensuring equal opportunity. The foundation serves thousands of low-income people each year by investing in civil legal aid organizations across Washington. It brings expertise about our state civil legal aid system to ensure thoughtful grantmaking. It receives support from public and private partners who are committed to equal justice and system reform. It is responsibly steward and strategically distribute these funds throughout the state. Since 1984, LFW has distributed more than $200 million to Washington’s legal aid community. It's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion builds on the understanding and recognition that creating fair access to civil justice means undoing systemic oppression. In the foundation's work, it centers racial equity because of the historical impact of racism in our country and the disparate outcomes it has created and continues to create for communities of color. We also recognize that other forms of oppression – such as sexism, classism, and ableism – threaten our nation’s promise of justice for all, and we are committed to understanding and addressing how all oppression affects the ability of low-income Washingtonians to access justice. The following is how the foundation defines and applies diversity, equity, and inclusion to its work. These are working definitions that the foundation will continue to refine and adjust as it progresses and improves: 1) Diversity means many identities are represented within its organization including, but not limited to, people of different races, ethnicities, gender identities, abilities, socioeconomic and geographic status, sexual orientation, citizenship, religions, and national origins, among others. The foundation strives to ensure its staff and board reflect the growing diversity in its community, and its grant making includes diverse voices and perspectives. 2) Equity is fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people, while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups within our society, especially people of color and low-income people. Improving equity involves meeting and recognizing the unique needs of systemically oppressed groups. It means increasing justice and fairness within the processes of our organization and within the larger system we are a part of, and particularly within the distribution of resources. The foundation recognizes that tackling equity issues requires an understanding of the root causes of disparities within our society, such as systemic racism and other forms of oppression. 3)Inclusion is creating an environment of involvement, respect, and connection where a richness of ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives are welcome. It involves assessing our organizational culture and practices to ensure we include and value all identities and lived experiences regardless of how they may differ from mainstream white culture. .

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Established in WA, US; The Legal Foundation of Washington is a non-profit organization established in 1984 in WA at the direction of the Washington Supreme Court to distribute IOLTA funds to legal aid organizations across the state. LFW has over thirty years of experience raising, managing, and distributing funds to achieve equal civil justice for low-income people.

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Legal Foundation of Washington

Public charity

EIN

911263533

Location

1325 Fourth Ave., Ste. 1335 Seattle, WA United States 98101-2509

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