Public Welfare Foundation donations made (filtered to cause areas matching Civil legal aid)

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Basic donor information

ItemValue
Country United States
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_Welfare_Foundation
Best overview URLhttp://www.publicwelfare.org/grants-process/program-guidelines/
Facebook username Public-Welfare-Foundation-371167644067
LinkedIn username 9164304
Websitehttp://www.publicwelfare.org/
Donations URLhttp://www.publicwelfare.org/grants-process/our-grants/
Twitter usernamePublicWelfare
Page on philosophy informing donationshttp://www.publicwelfare.org/about-us/
Grant application process pagehttp://www.publicwelfare.org/grants-process/apply-for-a-grant/
Regularity with which Donations List Website updates donations data (after donor update)quarterly refresh
Lag with which donor updates donations datamonths
Lag with which Donations List Website updates donations data (after donor update)months
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteSQL insertion commands generated by script https://github.com/riceissa/public-welfare-foundation

Brief history: The Public Welfare Foundation was founded in 1947. It was overseen by Charles E. Marsh till 1953, then by his wife till 1974

Brief notes on broad donor philosophy and major focus areas: The three historical main areas were criminal justice reform, youth justice, and worker rights. In 2011 it added a special initiative for civil legal aid. All initiatives seem restricted to the United States

Notes on grant decision logistics: Grant applications have to be submitted through a process described at http://www.publicwelfare.org/grants-process/apply-for-a-grant/ and http://www.publicwelfare.org/grants-process/ and have to fit within the program guidelines described at http://www.publicwelfare.org/grants-process/program-guidelines/

Notes on grant publication logistics: Grants are published on the grants page http://www.publicwelfare.org/grants-process/our-grants/ where they can be filtered by category and by fiscal year. Pages on individual grants are not published

Miscellaneous notes: The foundation was included because it has been mentioned by the Open Philanthropy Project as one of the important funders of criminal justice reform in the United States, see for instance https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/criminal-justice-reform-strategy

Donor donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 38 100,000 199,684 25,000 25,000 50,000 55,000 100,000 100,000 125,000 200,000 200,000 700,000 1,250,000
Civil legal aid 38 100,000 199,684 25,000 25,000 50,000 55,000 100,000 100,000 125,000 200,000 200,000 700,000 1,250,000

Donation amounts by cause area and year

If you hover over a cell for a given cause area and year, you will get a tooltip with the number of donees and the number of donations.

Note: Cause area classification used here may not match that used by donor for all cases.

Cause area Number of donations Number of donees Total 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Civil legal aid (filter this donor) 38 23 7,588,000.00 1,645,000.00 2,290,000.00 1,300,000.00 1,198,000.00 1,155,000.00
Total 38 23 7,588,000.00 1,645,000.00 2,290,000.00 1,300,000.00 1,198,000.00 1,155,000.00

Graph of spending by cause area and year (incremental, not cumulative)

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Donation amounts by subcause area and year

If you hover over a cell for a given subcause area and year, you will get a tooltip with the number of donees and the number of donations.

For the meaning of “classified” and “unclassified”, see the page clarifying this.

Subcause area Number of donations Number of donees Total 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Civil legal aid 38 23 7,588,000.00 1,645,000.00 2,290,000.00 1,300,000.00 1,198,000.00 1,155,000.00
Classified total 38 23 7,588,000.00 1,645,000.00 2,290,000.00 1,300,000.00 1,198,000.00 1,155,000.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 38 23 7,588,000.00 1,645,000.00 2,290,000.00 1,300,000.00 1,198,000.00 1,155,000.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
New Venture Fund (filter this donor) 3,100,000.00 700,000.00 900,000.00 600,000.00 200,000.00 700,000.00
National Center for State Courts (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 1,615,000.00 250,000.00 1,250,000.00 0.00 115,000.00 0.00
American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education (filter this donor) 533,000.00 0.00 0.00 350,000.00 83,000.00 100,000.00
The George Washington University (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 300,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 200,000.00 100,000.00
National Legal Aid and Defender Association (filter this donor) 300,000.00 0.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00 100,000.00
National Association of IOLTA Programs (filter this donor) 250,000.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00 150,000.00 0.00
National Legal Aid & Defender Association (filter this donor) 200,000.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
American Bar Foundation (filter this donor) WP 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00
Georgetown University (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 165,000.00 125,000.00 40,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless (filter this donor) 150,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 150,000.00 0.00
The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (filter this donor) 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00
Legal Services Corporation (filter this donor) 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00
Pro Bono Net (filter this donor) 90,000.00 65,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 25,000.00
Harvard Law School (filter this donor) 80,000.00 80,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Public Justice Center (filter this donor) 75,000.00 0.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00 25,000.00
Pro Bono Institute (filter this donor) 55,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 55,000.00
State Bar of California (filter this donor) 50,000.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Bay Area Legal Aid (filter this donor) 50,000.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
American University (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 50,000.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
TimeBanks USA (filter this donor) 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 50,000.00
Service Year Alliance (filter this donor) 25,000.00 25,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
East Bay Community Foundation (filter this donor) 25,000.00 25,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
University of Baltimore Foundation (filter this donor) 25,000.00 25,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total -- -- 7,588,000.00 1,645,000.00 2,290,000.00 1,300,000.00 1,198,000.00 1,155,000.00

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Donation amounts by influencer and year

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Donation amounts by disclosures and year

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Donation amounts by country and year

If you hover over a cell for a given country and year, you will get a tooltip with the number of donees and the number of donations.

For the meaning of “classified” and “unclassified”, see the page clarifying this.

Country Number of donations Number of donees Total 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
United States 38 23 7,588,000.00 1,645,000.00 2,290,000.00 1,300,000.00 1,198,000.00 1,155,000.00
Classified total 38 23 7,588,000.00 1,645,000.00 2,290,000.00 1,300,000.00 1,198,000.00 1,155,000.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 38 23 7,588,000.00 1,645,000.00 2,290,000.00 1,300,000.00 1,198,000.00 1,155,000.00

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Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (38 donations)

Graph of top 10 donees by amount, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
DoneeAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 38)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
National Center for State Courts250,000.0062017Civil legal aidhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 21 months. Support to supplement and extend the time for its project to catalyze and help courts, Access to Justice Commissions, and legal aid/bar leaders work together i…. Affected regions: Williamsburg, VA; affected countries: United States.
State Bar of California50,000.00282017Civil legal aidhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 12 months. Support for a project to simplify the process for restoring civil rights and benefits that are lost as a result of criminal arrest or conviction which can serv…. Affected regions: San Francisco, CA; affected countries: United States.
American University50,000.00282017Civil legal aidhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 24 months. Support to the Justice Programs Office at American University School of Public Affairs to incorporate civil legal aid into state and local executive branch ini…. Affected regions: Washington, DC; affected countries: United States.
National Legal Aid & Defender Association200,000.0072017Civil legal aidhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 24 months. Support for training and technical assistance to increase access to federal resources for civil legal services organizations nationally. Affected regions: Washington, DC; affected countries: United States.
New Venture Fund700,000.0032017Civil legal aidhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 24 months. Support to the Self-Represented Litigation Network. . Affected regions: Washington, DC; affected countries: United States.
East Bay Community Foundation25,000.00342017Civil legal aidhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 12 months. Support for engagement with fellow community foundations to support civil legal aid nationally. . Affected regions: Oakland, CA; affected countries: United States.
Service Year Alliance25,000.00342017Civil legal aidhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 12 months. Support for the Service Year Legal Corps Review project. . Affected regions: Washington, DC; affected countries: United States.
Harvard Law School80,000.00252017Civil legal aidhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 18 months. Support for a post-graduate fellowship program focused on improving access to civil justice through technical innovation. Affected regions: Cambridge, MA; affected countries: United States.
University of Baltimore Foundation25,000.00342017Civil legal aidhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 12 months. Support for the Maryland Access to Justice Commission. . Affected regions: Baltimore, MD; affected countries: United States.
Bay Area Legal Aid50,000.00282017Civil legal aidhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 12 months. Support for the first phase development of a new digital intake system to support efficiency and innovation among legal providers in improving access to justic…. Affected regions: Oakland, CA; affected countries: United States.
Pro Bono Net65,000.00262017Civil legal aidhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 12 months. Support for outreach and engagement of community and nontraditional justice partners to help increase the availability of immi, a highly scalable digital solut…. Affected regions: New York, NY; affected countries: United States.
Georgetown University125,000.00162017Civil legal aidhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 24 months. Support to the Institute for Technology Law and Policy at Georgetown University for research and mapping of access to justice tools that are being used around …. Affected regions: Washington, DC; affected countries: United States.
National Association of IOLTA Programs100,000.00182016Civil legal aidhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 12 months. Support to promote civil legal aid to private philanthropy through IOLTA program leadership and engagement. Affected regions: Indianapolis, IN; affected countries: United States.
Georgetown University40,000.00332016Civil legal aidhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 12 months. Support to the Justice Lab. Affected regions: Washington, DC; affected countries: United States.
National Center for State Courts1,250,000.0012016Civil legal aidhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 24 months. Support for advancing the meaningful Access to Justice for All project. Affected regions: Williamsburg, VA; affected countries: United States.
New Venture Fund900,000.0022016Civil legal aidhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 36 months. Support for Voices for Civil Justice: A Breakthrough Strategic Communications Initiative for Civil Legal Aid. Affected regions: Washington, DC; affected countries: United States.
Legal Services Corporation100,000.00182015Civil legal aidhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 18 months. Support to further improve data collection and analysis for its grantees to more effectively manage their respective operations and increase financial support …. Affected regions: Washington, DC; affected countries: United States.
American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education200,000.0072015Civil legal aidhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 24 months. Support toåÊcontinue the Access to Justice Commissions Expansion Project. Affected regions: Chicago, IL; affected countries: United States.
Public Justice Center50,000.00282015Civil legal aidhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 24 months. Support to implement a targeted fundraising strategy to bolster and sustain the National Coalition for a Right to Civil Counsel. Affected regions: Baltimore, MD; affected countries: United States.
New Venture Fund600,000.0052015Civil legal aidhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 24 months. Support to bring the Self-Represented Litigation Network to scale. Affected regions: Washington, DC; affected countries: United States.
National Legal Aid and Defender Association200,000.0072015Civil legal aidhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 12 months. Support for training and technical assistance to increase access to federal resources for civil legal services organizations nationally. Affected regions: Washington, DC; affected countries: United States.
American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education150,000.00132015Civil legal aidhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 24 months. Support to continue and complete the work of the expansion for the state-based Access to Justice Commissions. Affected regions: Chicago, IL; affected countries: United States.
The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless150,000.00132014Civil legal aidhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 12 months. Support for the Human Right to Housing Initiative. Affected regions: Washington, DC; affected countries: United States.
The George Washington University200,000.0072014Civil legal aidhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 27 months. Support for the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership's project, Where Health Meets Justice Fellowship. Affected regions: Washington, DC; affected countries: United States.
American Bar Foundation200,000.0072014Civil legal aidhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 24 months. Project support for Increasing Access to Justice through Expanded Roles Beyond Lawyers: Developing and Testing an Evaluation Framework. Affected regions: Chicago, IL; affected countries: United States.
The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy100,000.00182014Civil legal aidhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 12 months. Support to promote and raise the profile of civil legal aid through a variety of forums and activities within its nationwide network. Affected regions: Washington, DC; affected countries: United States.
New Venture Fund200,000.0072014Civil legal aidhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 24 months. Support for activities to strengthen the Self-Represented Litigation Network in its effort to develop and promote self-help resources for increasing access to …. Affected regions: Washington, DC; affected countries: United States.
National Center for State Courts115,000.00172014Civil legal aidhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 12 months. Support to strengthen the role of the judiciary in advancing access to justice. Affected regions: Williamsburg, VA; affected countries: United States.
National Association of IOLTA Programs150,000.00132014Civil legal aidhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 24 months. Support to promote civil legal aid to private philanthropy through IOLTA program leadership and engagement. Affected regions: Columbia, SC; affected countries: United States.
American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education83,000.00242014Civil legal aidhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 12 months. Support for activities of the Access to Justice Commission Expansion Project. Affected regions: Washington, DC; affected countries: United States.
TimeBanks USA50,000.00282013Civil legal aidhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 12 months. Support for efforts to foster client engagement in civil legal aid organizations. Affected regions: Washington, DC; affected countries: United States.
The George Washington University100,000.00182013Civil legal aidhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 12 months. Support for the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership for efforts to promote the leadership of legal aid professionals to help increase involvement of …. Affected regions: Washington, DC; affected countries: United States.
Public Justice Center25,000.00342013Civil legal aidhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 12 months. Support to lead the National Coalition for a Right to Civil Counsel and advance civil rights to legal counsel for the poor. Affected regions: Baltimore, MD; affected countries: United States.
Pro Bono Net25,000.00342013Civil legal aidhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 12 months. Support for a convening of the Self-Represented Litigation Network to assess its future role, activities and priorities in the area of access to justice for th…. Affected regions: New York, NY; affected countries: United States.
Pro Bono Institute55,000.00272013Civil legal aidhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 12 months. Support to enhance delivery and impact of pro bono legal services for low-income clients. Affected regions: Washington, DC; affected countries: United States.
New Venture Fund700,000.0032013Civil legal aidhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 36 months. Support to house a collective communications initiative that will create a common narrative in the media, casting a spotlight on the vital role of civil legal …. Affected regions: Washington, DC; affected countries: United States.
National Legal Aid and Defender Association100,000.00182013Civil legal aidhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 18 months. Support for technical assistance and advocacy to increase access to federal resources for civil legal service organizations nationally. Affected regions: Washington, DC; affected countries: United States.
American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education100,000.00182013Civil legal aidhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 16 months. Support to evaluate and continue to strengthen the Access to Justice Commission Expansion Project. Affected regions: Washington, DC; affected countries: United States.

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