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Today in Florida, thousands of low-income individuals and families are trying to deal with difficult legal problems alone. For them, access to justice often is elusive, or worse, unattainable. The problems faced by the poor are very real:
The child who is falling behind grade level because her school is not addressing her learning disabilities
The disabled veteran who can’t afford a place to live if he doesn’t get his disability check
The migrant worker who picks vegetables all day but can’t buy food because she is victim of wage theft
The elderly widow who is losing her home because of mortgage fraud
Legal aid helps by removing barriers to stable and productive lives — and when the lives of poor people are improved, all Floridians benefit.
The Florida Bar Board of Governors brought The Florida Bar Foundation into existence in 1956 as a nonprofit corporation chartered to foster law-related public interest programs on behalf of Florida’s legal profession.
The Florida Bar Foundation is the only statewide organization linking 30 legal services programs in Florida to form a comprehensive, statewide legal services delivery system. Its funding promotes access to justice and improvements in addressing the civil legal needs of the poor. The Florida Bar Foundation is a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to the Foundation are deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.
While principal support for the Foundation’s charitable activities comes from the Interest on Trust Accounts (IOTA) Program implemented by the Florida Supreme Court in 1981, Foundation grants also are supported by gifts from Florida attorneys, law firms, corporations, foundations and other individuals.
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