CLC Awarded $50,000 Chicago Community Trust Grant to Support Chicago Nonprofits

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Chicago, IL  (June 5, 2014) –  The Law Project (TLP) of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Chicago Community Trust to increase the sustainability of Chicago’s nonprofit sector through its free legal services.

The Law Project is an important safety net for low-to-moderate income nonprofits and small businesses in sustaining the quality of their services, meeting critical community needs, and spurring economic development. The Law Project was launched in 1985 to improve the lives of individuals living in low income neighborhoods in the Chicago metropolitan area by strengthening community-based organizations and their capacity to meet the needs of the people they serve. Last year, TLP provided more than six million dollars in free legal services, serving individuals and groups throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.

The Law Project’s Nonprofit Assistance Program provides legal services for new and existing nonprofits on transactional legal issues, such as corporate structuring, mergers, lease and contract review, employment issues, as well as mitigating organizational risks and developing best practices. TLP also offers workshops and webinars on a variety of topics affecting nonprofits. With support from Chicago Community Trust, TLP will grow its services, with a specific focus on providing critical technical assistance to nonprofits seeking assistance with mergers, resource generating enterprises and dissolution.

Many thanks to Chicago Community Trust for this generous grant and their ongoing partnership. The Chicago Community Trust’s mission is to lead and inspire philanthropic efforts that measurably improve the quality of life and the prosperity of our region. Through the direct support of The Law Project, and its support of community programs and services throughout Chicago, the Chicago Community Trust continues to improve the lives of individuals and families across Chicago.

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Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. protects and promotes civil rights by bringing the strength and prestige of the private bar to bear on the problems of poverty and discrimination. Founded in 1969, the Committee champions equal justice and community development for underrepresented people by partnering with volunteer lawyers to provide litigation and transactional representation. For more information on the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee, visit www.clccrul.org