Bar foundation distributes $402K

Grants going to 10 nonprofits

The Ohio State Bar Foundation Board of Trustees recently earmarked $402,925 in grants awarded to 10 Ohio nonprofit organizations.

The foundation for calendar year 2021 contributed a little more than $1.1 million to nonprofits in its efforts to promote the pursuit of justice and public understanding of the rule of law.

“We are so grateful for the generosity of our donors and the innovation of our grantees which enables us to make a difference in the lives of Ohioans,” said foundation President Velda Hofacker.

“From helping young people realize the importance of education and providing them the tools to become responsible citizens to assisting survivors of human trafficking in understanding their legal rights to helping underserved populations understand our legal system and obtain needed representation, our grants are making a positive impact throughout Ohio.”

The recent Bar Foundation grant recipients are:

• $40,400 to the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging to create an online training program for mandatory reporters on Ohio law regarding elder abuse, neglect and exploitation;

• $9,700 to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Portage County. For more than 20 years, this center has provided services to children and families who have experienced sexual abuse. This grant will support the expansion of services to support victims of physical abuse and domestic violence. Funding will go toward training, outreach and essential program supplies;

• $25,000 to the Council on American Islamic Relations to continue and expand its Second Chances Clinic. These record sealing clinics serve predominantly Muslim, immigrant and black clients and lessens the collateral impact of a legal system that disproportionately affects them. Funding will support the expansion of clinics to include a full representation option for clients who would like to seal Ohio convictions but have moved out-of-state or are otherwise unable to file petitions themselves;

• $19,500 to Freedom a la Cart for its new Legal Resource and Education Project, which provides legal education and resource referrals to survivors of sex trafficking. The project will also create digital educational videos on trial court specialty dockets and restorative justice throughout the state;

• $138,325 to the Law and Leadership Institute to support its legal educational programming that prepares youth from underserved communities to compete at high academic levels and empowers youth to become more responsible citizens by fostering leadership skills, increasing confidence, and facilitating the pursuit of higher education;

• $25,000 to the Legal Aid Society of Columbus in support of translation and interpretation services to increase program capacity for the Essential Immigration Legal Services Project, which addresses the unmet needs of the Hispanic immigrant population in Ohio. These services will help resolve legal matters around immigration, landlord / tenant, small claims, or domestic relations and child custody matters;

• $50,000 to the Ohio Alliance of YMCA’s Foundation for its Youth and Government program, which will provide leadership training, stimulate interest in the government, and create opportunities for civic engagement for middle and high school students throughout Ohio;

• $20,000 to the Ohio Federation for Health Equity and Social Justice for the Legal Process: A Guide for Communities of Color project. Funding will facilitate a process for judges and attorneys to work directly with the community to implement recommendations that address systemic and institutional racism issues;

• $25,000 to the Ohio State Legal Services Association for its Volunteer Connection project, which will create a volunteer portal and platform that will engage, support, train, and recognize pro bono attorneys and other volunteers.

• $50,000 to the United Way of Greater Cleveland. As of October 2019, Cleveland became the fourth city in the nation to guarantee the right to counsel in eviction cases. Grant dollars will support an educational campaign to increase awareness about Cuyahoga County’s right to counsel rule change in eviction cases and improve access to legal representation through a partnership with Legal Aid Society of Cleveland.



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