The Impact Fund awards grants to legal services nonprofits, private attorneys, and/or small law firms who seek to advance justice in the areas of civil and human rights, environmental justice, and/or poverty law.
Every year, we make grants to legal services nonprofit organizations seeking to advance and/or defend justice in the areas of civil and human rights, environmental justice, and to fight poverty.
In the past 25 years, the Impact Fund has granted more than $6 million in general and donor-advised grants. We award grants four times per year, most within the range of $5,000 to $25,000.
THE IMPACT FUND PROVIDES GRANTS AND LEGAL SUPPORT TO ASSIST IN HUMAN AND CIVIL RIGHTS CASES. WE HAVE HELPED TO CHANGE DOZENS OF LAWS AND WIN CASES TO IMPROVE THE RIGHTS OF THOUSANDS.
The cases we are funding allege that:
- In California, police used excessive force against #BlackLivesMatter protesters.
- In Colorado, female police officers face losing their careers because they can’t do enough push-ups and sit-ups.
- In Ohio and New York, a gun manufacturer knowingly sells to dealers that arm criminals.
- In Massachusetts, prisoners with Hepatitis C are going untreated.
- In North Dakota, Native Americans can’t vote because of a recent voter suppression law.
- In Florida, prisoners who request mental health services are abused and, when they complain, the abuse gets worse.
THE IMPACT FUND PROVIDES GRANTS TO SUPPORT IMPACT LITIGATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE, WITH A FOCUS ON MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES. THESE ARE OFTEN CASES NO ONE ELSE WILL SUPPORT.
The cases we are funding are to stop:
- Proposed mining in the Superior National Forest that would contaminate groundwater, damage wetlands, and destroy the local Native American wild-rice economy.
- Unwanted development, after a community garden in New York was bulldozed in the middle of the night.
- Pollution from a lighter fluid factory in New Jersey that is causing illness to residents in a low-income neighborhood.
- Clear-cut logging that is threatening the health and livelihood of the local indigenous community in Ontario.
- Spraying pesticides at will in California.
- A new highway bridge that is the latest in a long history of environmental hazards heaped upon an African American and Latino neighborhood in Corpus Christi, severing it from the rest of the city.