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.

December 15, 2021
WisTAF Board & Staff Racial Justice Workgroup Meeting
February 23, 2022
Executive Committee Meeting
March 9, 2022
WisTAF Board Meeting
May 3, 2022
Grants & Evaluation Committee Meeting
June 1, 2022
Executive Committee Meeting
June 15, 2022
WisTAF Board Meeting
August 24, 2022
Finance Committee Meeting
September 13, 2022
Grants & Evaluation Committee Meeting
September 30, 2022
Executive Committee Meeting
October 14, 2022
WisTAF Board Meeting
WisTAF awards $3.3 million in Civil Legal Aid grants
Even 2020 Couldn't Stop Justice Assistance
How Civil Legal Aid Helps Our State



A Prime Partner since 2020, Bank of Sun Prairie 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 of Sun Prairie'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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