Expanding access to civil legal services in Wisconsin.



The Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation Inc. (WisTAF) is dedicated to equal access to the civil justice system, funding legal services for low-income persons through the fair and effective administration of Interest On Lawyers' Trust Accounts (IOLTA), Public Interest Legal Services Fund (PILSF), and other sources.

Welcome to the Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation, Inc. (WisTAF)

The people of Wisconsin have common needs: a home, access to medical care, a good job, safety from harm. But at times, barriers to meeting those needs exist. Unfair landlords, health insurance disputes, discrimination from employers or the fear of an abusive spouse or family member are obstacles that require legal help to overcome. The chasm that stretches between those who have access to the justice system and those who don’t is deep. Our neighbors face joblessness, impossibly high medical costs, loss of home and, in the case of severe domestic abuse, possibly the loss of their own or a loved one’s life.

The Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation, Inc. (WisTAF) was created in 1986 by the Wisconsin Supreme Court to help bridge that gap. WisTAF brings Wisconsin’s legal and financial communities together to generate funds which are used to make grants to agencies providing civil legal services to Wisconsin’s most vulnerable residents. Families and individuals throughout the state receive the legal help they need to deal with such issues as escaping domestic violence and abuse, foreclosure, bankruptcy, illegal eviction, and obtaining the medical benefits they are due to name just a few. Grant money also funds law-related services such as legal education, indirect legal services or other community services approved by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Over the past quarter of a century, WisTAF has granted more than $40 million to agencies working for increased access to civil justice.







Partnerships at work

WisTAF wishes to thank its many partners from Wisconsin’s financial institutions and practicing attorneys & judges on the funding side, to grantee agencies and individual providers on the service side for their dedicated efforts in this great collaborative effort.

February 21, 2018
Finance Committee Teleconference
March 2, 2018
WisTAF Board Meeting
April 24, 2018
Grants & Evaluation Committee Meeting
May 24, 2018
Executive Committee Teleconference
June 8, 2018
WisTAF Board Meeting
August 31, 2018
Finance Committee Teleconference
September 18, 2018
Grants & Evaluation Committee Meeting
September 28, 2018
Executive Committee Teleconference
October 12, 2018
WisTAF Board Meeting
Hurricane Maria Relief Efforts - Fondo Legal de Emergencia
Hurricane Harvey Legal Aid Fund
2017 Direct Legal Services Grantee Mid-Year Report Materials Now Available
Now Available: WisTAF 2018 Direct Legal Services Grant Application Materials
WisTAF 2016-17 DVSA Civil Legal Services State Appropriation Grant Annual Report Materials Now Available



A Prime Partner member of the Wisconsin IOLTA program since 2010, Mound City Bank strives to be the most admired community bank in the State of Wisconsin. Mound City Bank goes above and beyond IOLTA participation requirements by paying additional interest on its clients' IOLTA accounts - helping to expand access to civil legal services in Wisconsin.

Contact us
825 Williamson Street, Suite A, Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608.257.6845 or 877.749.5045 (toll-free)
Email: service@wistaf.org

Board & Staff
Board of Directors
Rebecca Murray, Acting Executive Director
Tehmina Islam, Office Manager
Carlos Arenas, Program Manager

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