Expanding access to civil legal services in Wisconsin.

WisTAF

OUR MISSION

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.

WisTAF Announces $1,222,750 in Grants to Agencies Assisting Low-Income Wisconsinites with Civil Legal Needs

Madison. October 31, 2018 – The Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation, Inc. (WisTAF) announced grant awards totaling $1,222,250 to fifteen agencies providing civil legal services for Wisconsin’s poor and underserved in 2019. The funding comes from three different revenue sources that WisTAF administers, as mandated by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The first and most important one is the Public Interest Legal Services Fund (PILSF), which is formed by a portion of an annual fee paid by lawyers and judges living and practicing in the state of Wisconsin. The second one is the Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program. 2019 will be the first time during the last three years that WisTAF has been able to use IOLTA funds, thanks to the changing financial environment where interest rates have started to increase, and as a result funds for this program became available. Finally, this also includes funds from the Pro Hac Vice program, which uses a portion of a fee paid by out of the state lawyers when they handle cases in the state of Wisconsin.

Grants for 2019 were awarded to the following programs:

  • ABC for Health, Inc., $43,500
  • AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW), $25,000
  • Center Against Sexual & Domestic Abuse, Inc. (CASDA), $17,220
  • Catholic Charities of the Archdioceses of Milwaukee, Inc., $20,000
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of La Crosse, Inc., $15,000
  • Centro Legal por Derechos Humanos, $27,500
  • Community Justice, Inc., $15,000
  • Disability Rights Wisconsin, $110,000
  • Kids Matter, Inc., $20,000
  • Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc., $636,823
  • Legal Aid Society of Door County, Inc., $10,000
  • Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee, $91,500
  • LOTUS Legal Clinic, Inc., $15,000
  • Portage County Legal Aid Society, $17,000
  • Wisconsin Judicare, Inc., $159,207

About WisTAF. Created by the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 1986, the Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring access to civil legal services for low-income individuals and families. Through its grants program, WisTAF provides funding to agencies which help protect people’s rights and address civil legal needs such as fair housing, domestic abuse, custody and placement, employment discrimination, disability rights, and consumer rights, to name a few. Working with its partners, WisTAF strives to keep our nation's promise of access to justice for all.

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS
WHAT'S NEW
WisTAF Announces $1,222,750 in Grants to Agencies Assisting Low-Income Wisconsinites with Civil Legal Needs
WisTAF Has Moved!
WisTAF has begun accepting applications for 2019 Community Redevelopment Legal Assistance Grant Program
WisTAF has begun accepting applications for 2019 WisTAF Direct Legal Services Grant Program
Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation, Inc. Announces New Community Redevelopment Grant Funding Opportunity

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PRIME PARTNER SPOTLIGHT

A Prime Partner member of the Wisconsin IOLTA program since 2017, Farmers & Merchants Bank - Tomah, strives to be the most admired community bank in the State of Wisconsin. Farmers & Merchants Bank - Tomah 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.


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

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