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.

Grant recipients

The Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation (WisTAF) is proud to support our grantees’ efforts to provide equal access to legal services in the face of overwhelming odds.

Current Grant Recipients | Locations and Service Areas | Grants History

Current Grant Recipients

The recipients of our 2022 grants continue to apply dedication, skill, and innovation as they assist the most vulnerable people in our society during challenging economic times. 

ABC (Advocacy and Benefits Counseling) for Health, Inc. is a nonprofit public interest law firm serving families throughout Wisconsin on legal issues related to health care access and financing.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Inc. is a nonprofit charitable organization serving over 13,000 families annually in the areas of Adult, Family & Children, and Social Ministries.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of La Crosse, Inc. provides programming in the areas of immigration services, emergency support services, adoption services, financial counseling, domestic abuse services, services for children with disabilities, and ministries including the HIV/AIDS Ministry Project.

Catholic Multicultural Center (CMC) is a social service agency on Madison’s South side. The CMC runs the Immigration Legal Services Program to help low/no income immigrants and refugees who are unable to afford the services of a private attorney.

Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse (CASDA) provides free services to individuals hurt by domestic, sexual, or child abuse, as they advocate for a community effort to end violence.

Centro Legal por Derechos Humanos is a nonprofit corporation whose primary purpose is to provide legal representation to the poor and those with limited resources for a reasonable and accessible price in the Milwaukee area.

Community Justice, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation that provides legal services to Madison-area low-income families and individuals on a sliding-fee scale based on federal poverty guidelines.

Disability Rights Wisconsin defends the rights of people residing in Wisconsin’s public and private institutions, and represents individuals under the Americans with Disabilities Act through information and referral, direct legal representation, and in limited situations, class action litigation.

Door County Legal Aid Society is a volunteer organization that operates primarily as a screening and referral source to coordinate legal services through local pro bono attorneys.

End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin – RISE Law Center provides quality, affordable direct legal representation to low income survivors of Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse, primarily immigrants and refugees with limited English proficiency, in an effort to prevent and eliminate violence in intimate partner relationships. 

Golden House is a private, nonprofit agency that provides safety and support for victims of domestic abuse, while leading community efforts to end domestic violence in Brown County.

HAVEN, INC. (Household Abuse Victims Emergency Network, Inc.) is a free community service providing a safe and confidential environment to empower all survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault through sheltering, advocacy, and education.

Indianhead Community Action Agency is a private, nonprofit agency that assists individuals in achieving self-sufficiency by providing the resources, education, and services necessary to develop healthy families, sustainable communities, and strong local businesses.

Kids Matter Inc. provides legal services and other advocacy for children in foster and kinship care in the greater Milwaukee area.

Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc. serves low-income clients in the areas of family law and domestic violence, housing, public benefits, special education, and economic development.

Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee provides family law, public benefits, landlord-tenant, consumer, municipal ordinance defense and civil rights law to low-income people in Milwaukee.

LOTUS Legal Clinic, Inc. serves victims of gender-based violence and human trafficking through trauma-informed legal advocacy, policy initiatives, education, and survivor empowerment.

Metro Milwaukee Mediation Services, Inc. assists homeowners and their mortgage services in avoiding preventable foreclosures, and facilitates an informed and respectful transition in those instances where foreclosures are not avoidable.

Portage County Legal Aid Society is a volunteer attorney legal service that addresses the need for pro bono civil legal services for indigent persons in Portage County.

Rainbow House Domestic Abuse Services provides prevention, education, and information to communities, families, and schools with the goal of obtaining safety and empowerment for all victims of domestic abuse.

Vivent Health (including former AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin) is committed to being a respectful, caring partner serving everyone affected by HIV through comprehensive, integrated programs including legal services.

The Women's Center provides safety, shelter, and support to all affected by domestic violence, sexual assualt, human trafficking, and child abuse in Waukesha County. 

Winnebago Conflict Resolution Center, Inc. provides mediation services and training in mediation and conflict resolution statewide. 

Wisconsin Judicare, Inc. provides civil legal assistance, information and education to low-income people, Native Americans, and others who might otherwise be denied access to justice.

Women’s and Children’s Horizons provides services to survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault that enhances their safety, well-being, and self-sufficiency.

Locations and Service Areas

Grantee Area Served Location of Office(s)
ABC for Health Statewide Madison
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Dodge, Fond du Lac, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington, and Waukesha counties Fond du Lac, Fontana, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Waukesha
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of La Crosse Adams, Buffalo, Chippewa, Clark, Crawford, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Marathon, Monroe, Pepin, Pierce, Portage, Richland, Trempealeau, Vernon, and Wood counties Eau Claire, La Crosse, Loyal, Wausau
Catholic Multicultural Center Columbia, Dane, Grant, Green, Green Lake, Iowa, Jefferson, LaFayette, Marquette, Rock, and Sauk counties Madison
Center Against Sexual & Domestic Abuse (CASDA) Ashland, Bayfield, and Douglas counties Superior
Centro Legal Milwaukee and Waukesha counties Milwaukee
Community Justice, Inc. Dane, Dodge, Crawford, Columbia, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Juneau, Lafayette, Marquette, Rock, Sauk, and Waushara counties Madison
Disability Rights Wisconsin Statewide Green Bay, Madison, Menasha, Milwaukee, Rice Lake
End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin - RISE Law Center Statewide Janesville, Madison
Kids Matter, Inc. Milwaukee and Waukesha counties, limited services statewide Milwaukee
Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc. 39 counties in southern Wisconsin Green Bay, La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee, Oshkosh, Racine
Legal Aid Society of Door County Door County Sister Bay, Sturgeon Bay
Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee, Inc. Milwaukee County Milwaukee, Wauwatosa
LOTUS Legal Clinic, Inc. Statewide Brookfield
Metro Milwaukee Mediation Services Statewide Milwaukee
Portage County Legal Aid Society Portage County Stevens Point
Vivent Health Statewide Appleton, Beloit, Eau Claire, Green Bay, Kenosha, La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee, Superior, Wausau
Winnebago Conflict Resolution Center Winnebago County Oshkosh
Wisconsin Judicare 33 counties in northern Wisconsin, and Native American clients statewide Wausau


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Executive Committee Meeting
October 14, 2022
WisTAF Board Meeting
October 21, 2022
Board & Staff Racial Justice Workgroup meeting
December 2, 2022
Board & Staff Racial Justice Workgroup meeting
January 13, 2023
Board & Staff Racial Justice Workgroup meeting
March 3, 2023
Board & Staff Racial Justice Workgroup meeting
Now Available: COVID-19 Civil Legal Services Grant Application materials
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WisTAF awards $450,000 in Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Legal Assistance Grants
WisTAF Publishes 2021 Annual Report
WisTAF awards $3.3 million in Civil Legal Aid grants



A Prime Partner since 2010, Peoples State 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. Peoples State Bank's 
participation reflects an admirable commitment to justice for all in Wisconsin.

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