In Pursuit of Justice

Ned Wolf at the Fairmount Apartments
Law Center founder Ned Wolf at the Fairmount Apartments

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.

    • 267-546-1309
    • ddriscoll@pubintlaw.org

Staff attorney Ebony Griffin speaking at a Vacant Land 215 training for community gardeners

Staff attorney Ebony Griffin speaking at a Vacant Land 215 training for community gardeners

Donors

We are grateful for the following campaign contributions & commitments made to date:

$200,000+

Nicholas E. and Kathleen P. Chimicles

Laddie and Linda Montague

In memory of Ned Wolf and in honor of Tom Gilhool and Michael Churchill

 

$100,000-$199,999

William H. Ewing

Katherine Hatton and Richard Bilotti / Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP

 

$50,000-$99,999

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

 

$30,000-$49,999

Claude and Lea Knight / Johnson & Johnson

Claude and Lea Knight Community Organizing Initiative

Ellen Meriwether and Steven Goldfield

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan Lewis Professional Development Initiative

Rayman L. Solomon and Carol Avins

 

$15,000-$29,999

Anonymous

Jennifer R. Clarke and Alan Barstow

Brian Feeney and Lauren Carella

Don Perelman and Elise Singer

 

$1,500-$14,999

Anonymous

Mira E. Baylson and Hal Morra

Jacqueline and Wade Robinson / Chubb Limited

Colby and Shannon Smith

Hyung Steele and Amy Ponpipom

Joseph and Detta Tate

Judy Yun and Michael Swarr / AstraZeneca