As we mark the 50th anniversary of our founding in 1969, we are proud to announce the launch of In Pursuit of Justice: A campaign for the Public Interest Law Center.
Today, the Public Interest Law Center stands as a beacon for people faced with poverty and discrimination. We are proud of the impact we’ve had since our founding: changing policies and practices that perpetuate poverty, and improving the life prospects of millions of people. The campaign for the Public Interest Law Center aims to ensure that the Law Center has the resources it needs now and to sustain itself into the next fifty years by funding the Law Center’s two most critical needs:
Building a Deeper Bench to Tackle Poverty and Discrimination Today
Every day, we are asked to join new fights against systemic injustice: discrimination, public agencies that fail the people they serve, and disinvestment in Philadelphia’s poorest neighborhoods. Due to a limited organizational capacity, we cannot respond to all of these requests. Through this effort, we will raise $1 million to expand our impact, supporting new full-time staff.
Building Resources to Secure Social Justice Tomorrow
For most of its 50-year history, the Law Center has operated amid year-to-year budgetary uncertainty. To ensure that our committed, talented staff is supported for years to come, the campaign will raise $1 million for an organizational endowment that will provide a permanent stream of income to support our mission.
Donors may make outright gifts or, in some cases, contribute through bequests in their estate plans. Your support will help ensure that the Public Interest Law Center can continue to expand civil, social, and economic rights in the Philadelphia region for decades to come.
We are well on our way to meeting our goal. Thanks to generous leadership gifts, as of October 2019, we have raised $1.2 million to support the future of the Public Interest Law Center.
Ready to begin the conversation?
Contact Dena Driscoll, Director of Development and Communications, to learn more about how you can get involved.
Staff attorney Ebony Griffin speaking at a Vacant Land 215 training for community gardeners
We are grateful for the following campaign contributions & commitments made to date:
Nicholas E. and Kathleen P. Chimicles
Laddie and Linda Montague
In memory of Ned Wolf and in honor of Tom Gilhool and Michael Churchill
William H. Ewing
Katherine Hatton and Richard Bilotti / Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP
Mimi and Jim McKenzie
Richard Berkman and Toni Seidl
Tom and Kate Chapin
Steven and Ellen Friedell
Jeffrey Golan and Frances Vilella-Vélez
The Jeffrey Golan and Frances Vilella-Vélez Voting Justice Project
David and Gayle Smith
Claude and Lea Knight / Johnson & Johnson
Claude and Lea Knight Community Organizing Initiative
Kohn, Swift & Graf, P.C.
Ellen Meriwether and Steven Goldfield
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Morgan Lewis Professional Development Initiative
Rayman L. Solomon and Carol Avins
Jennifer R. Clarke and Alan Barstow
Brian Feeney and Lauren Carella
Don Perelman and Elise Singer
Mira E. Baylson and Hal Morra
Duane Morris LLP
Charisse R. Lillie, Esquire and Thomas L. McGill, Jr., Esquire
Jacqueline and Wade Robinson / Chubb Limited
Colby and Shannon Smith
Hyung Steele and Amy Ponpipom
Joseph and Detta Tate
Karen Jackson Vaughn
Robert and Elisa Wiygul
Judy Yun and Michael Swarr / AstraZeneca