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.

About WisTAF

What good are laws in protecting your rights and liberties if you can’t afford a lawyer? There’s no constitutional guarantee to an attorney in any civil case—cases outside of criminal law.

And yet, a person's personal safety, security, and independence can hinge on matters of civil law.

In a complex system like ours, without an attorney it’s often hard to know when the law is on your side, let alone how to argue your case or follow procedures to ensure your protection. Too often, people with limited means are shut out of meaningful participation in Wisconsin’s legal system.

The Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation, Inc. (WisTAF) exists to address this issue. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation established in 1986 by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, we are the leading state-based funder of legal aid in Wisconsin.

For over three decades, WisTAF has awarded and overseen millions of dollars in grants ($64.8 million to be precise) to organizations throughout the state. Our investment helps the most vulnerable residents in every Wisconsin county to access services that open the door to the justice system—including advice and representation from attorneys.

With this access, clients can pursue the legal outcomes needed to realize stability, health, and self-sufficiency, in turn benefitting our state as a whole.

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Partnerships at work

Big goals aren’t achieved in isolation; we are actively engaged in creating and improving a wide range of important collaborations. WisTAF wishes to thank its many partners from Wisconsin’s financial institutions, practicing attorneys & judges, and state government on the funding side, to grantee agencies and individual providers on the service side for their part in this great collaborative effort.

June 1, 2022
Executive Committee Meeting
June 1, 2022
nINA Collective Co-learning session
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
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A Prime Partner since 2010, First Business 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. First Business Bank'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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