News Tag: Grants


September 17, 2015

your campaign in action iconFighting for Renters’ Rights

Chicago has seen its highest percentage of renters in decades. Now the majority of Chicago residents, renters are often the victims of housing injustices, especially low-income renters.  While homeowners facing foreclosure have policies and laws in place to help ease their losses, there has been a gap for renters living in foreclosed buildings. They are […]

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August 18, 2015

your campaign in action iconDoing it for the Kids: The Children’s Initiative Speaks Up

Kids who find themselves in the custody of the government aren’t able to speak up for increased safety, better trained staff, or a reorganization of the system. That helps explain why, for many years, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services was considered one of the worst child welfare programs in the nation. Its […]

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June 25, 2015

CBF Awards More Than $4 Million in Grants in FY 15

With the record-breaking Investing in Justice Campaign as the principal engine, the CBF was able to award a total of more than $4 million in grants in its FY 2015. Your generous support of the Campaign, along with the CBF’s many other foundation, government and individual partners, makes it possible for the CBF grants program to invest in the entire pro bono and legal aid system and make an impact that no one individual or entity could acting alone.

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June 2, 2015

A financial safety net for Chicago’s legal safety nets

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
By Jamie Loo  |  Law Bulletin Staff Writer

Without a parent or guardian and no place to call home, a homeless teenager is faced with many challenges and in some cases can’t even enroll in school.

Fortunately for those teens, there are organizations such as the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless’ Law Project to advocate for their right to enroll in school and access other benefits.

The groups providing support need their own financial support to stay open and keep serving the community and for some, funding from The Chicago Bar Foundation has served as a lifeline.

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May 27, 2015

your campaign in action iconWhen Victims Become the Accused

For years, the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) was inadvertently setting a trap for parents who were victims of domestic violence. The scenario: a mother reports abuse for the sake of her family’s safety; in turn, rather than assisting with supportive services, DCFS makes a finding of neglect by the mother.

Under a vague environment injurious clause, DCFS similarly found thousands of domestic violence victims were accountable for neglect of their children. Fortunately, there was someone fighting for their rights: The Family Defense Center, one of the many great organizations you are supporting through the Investing in Justice Campaign.

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May 21, 2015

Investing in Justice Campaign Sets New Records

Many thousands of people in the Chicago area will receive much-needed legal help thanks to the record-breaking success of this year’s Investing in Justice Campaign.

A new record of 147 law firms, corporate legal departments and other law-related organizations participated in this year’s Campaign, which was chaired by Brett Hart, executive vice president, general counsel and secretary at United, Inc. More than 4,700 individual attorneys and legal professionals contributed more than $1.45 million, both of which also are new records for the Campaign.

The thousands of individual contributions to the Campaign leverage hundreds of thousands in additional funding for this work as well. This year’s Campaign will yield more than $2 million in grants to 34 pro bono and legal aid organizations thanks to a number of generous matching contributions from participating firms and companies and additional foundation and government funding the CBF is able to leverage through the Campaign grants process.

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February 27, 2015

your campaign in action iconA Place to Sleep Is Just the Start

Being a teenager already can be a struggle at times€¦but imagine being a homeless teenager. The constant worry of having to figure out where you’ll sleep that night is a fraction of your worries. Imagine struggling to stay in school because you’re doing homework on a couch in your friend’s noisy living room. Imagine breaking your leg but not having the legal identification records needed to get medical attention.

Homeless youth need someone to fight for their basic rights to overcome these challenges, and your support of the Investing in Justice Campaign is helping to make that possible.

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January 20, 2015

your campaign in action iconEmpowering People with Second Chances and Opportunity

None of us would want to be forever judged only by the worst things we have ever done, particularly when those things happened long ago. Yet that is exactly what happens for many thousands of people who had what were often minor brushes with the law earlier in their lives and are now trying to move forward, a reality that disproportionately impacts people in low-income and disadvantaged communities. One of the many ways you are making a difference through your support of the Investing in Justice Campaign is empowering people in these circumstances to get the second chances they are entitled to under the law through the good work of Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA).

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November 21, 2014

your campaign in action iconCVLS Celebrates 50 Years of Pro Bono

Pro bono legal work was almost unheard of 50 years ago, and to the extent it was, it was often frowned upon. With that backdrop, attorney John Ferren and a group of young lawyers founded Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS) on June 2, 1964.

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October 15, 2014

your campaign in action iconLawndale Christian Legal Center

Based in North Lawndale, LCLC serves the neighborhood’s youth, ages 24 and younger, involved with the criminal justice system. The organization’s mission is to provide holistic integrated legal and social services.

We don’t just deal with a youth’s legal case in isolation, but walk alongside them through whatever they’re dealing with socially as well to become good citizens and leaders, said Danae Kovac, LCLC director of operations and development.

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