The Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation works with civil legal aid organizations in Wisconsin to increase access to justice. We oversee funds and invest in services and projects to help people resolve legal problems.

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, preventing homelessness 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 three decades, WisTAF has granted more than $58 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.

August 28, 2020
Finance Committee Teleconference
September 8, 2020
Grants & Evaluation Committee Meeting
September 25, 2020
Executive Committee Teleconference
October 9, 2020
WisTAF Board Meeting
WisTAF has posted materials for the 2019-20 DVSA Annual Report
WisTAF welcomes Bank of Sun Prairie as “Prime Partner” in supporting justice for all
Now Available: WisTAF’s 2020-21 Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse Legal Services State Appropriation Grant Application Materials
WisTAF Invests in Services and Projects to Help People Resolve Their Legal Problems
2020 Application & Reporting Deadlines Calendar Now Available!



As a Prime Partner since 2010, Bank Five Nine 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. Bank Five Nine's participation reflects an admirable commitment to justice for all in Wisconsin.

Contact us
4600 American Parkway, Suite 104, Madison, WI 53718
Phone: 608.257.6845 or 877.749.5045 (toll-free)
Email: service@wistaf.org

Board & Staff
Board of Directors
Rebecca Murray, Executive Director
Tehmina Islam, IOLTA Program/Office Manager
Carlos Arenas, Program Manager
Benson Gardner, Communications and Development Manager

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