WisTAF

OUR MISSION

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.

"The opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice.”
— Bryan Stevenson. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.

"Without access to quality representation there is no justice.”
— U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Remarks celebrating 40th anniversary of the Legal Service Corporation.

Who we are

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

Established by the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 1986, we are the largest state-based funder of legal aid in Wisconsin. We’re proud to play a leadership role in Wisconsin’s civil legal aid landscape. Learn more about our charge.

How we help

Thanks to WisTAF-funded services, including counsel from attorneys, clients address life-altering challenges and obtain the justice they’re entitled under the law.  

In 2020, WisTAF provided funding that directly helped 10,899 people, spread across every county in Wisconsin, to access the civil justice system. The flexibility of WisTAF funding also makes it play an outsized role in providers’ work to direct aid where people need it most.

All over Wisconsin, people avoided wrongfully losing their homes and jobs, secured their safety through restraining orders, protected their health or veterans’ benefits, and—one person at a time—helped strengthen their communities.

Learn more about our impact in our annual reports.

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, as well as members of the new Civil Legal Aid Alliance of Wisconsin, for all their dedicated efforts to increase access to justice.

If you'd like to help this cause, there are simple things you can do to support civil legal aid.

We also welcome inquiries about new partnerships.

UPCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS
August 25, 2021
Finance Committee Meeting
September 1, 2021
Racial Justice Workgroup Meeting
September 14, 2021
Grants & Evaluation Committee Meeting
September 22, 2021
Racial Justice Workgroup Meeting
October 1, 2021
Executive Committee Meeting
October 15, 2021
WisTAF Board Meeting
WHAT'S NEW
Now Available: 2022 WisTAF Direct Legal Services Grant Application materials
Even 2020 Couldn't Stop Justice Assistance
How Civil Legal Aid Helps Our State

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PRIME PARTNER SPOTLIGHT

Our recent Prime Partner, West Pointe 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. West Pointe Bank's participation reflects an admirable commitment to justice for all in Wisconsin.


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

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