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

WisTAF proudly supports the following providers of equal justice, through our grant programs. You can find a historical list of grant recipients here.

Grantee Organization Area Served Location of Office(s)
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. Statewide Madison
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. 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, 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. 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 (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. Columbia, Dane, Grant, Green, Green Lake, Iowa, Jefferson, LaFayette, Marquette, Rock, and Sauk counties Madison
Center Against Sexual & 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. Ashland, Bayfield, and Douglas counties Superior
Centro Legal 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. Milwaukee and Waukesha counties Milwaukee
Community Immigration Law Center addresses the unmet legal needs of immigrants in Madison and surrounding areas, and works with Afghan evacuees statewide. Madison area, limited services statewide Madison
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. Dane, Dodge, Crawford, Columbia, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Juneau, Lafayette, Marquette, Rock, Sauk, and Waushara counties Madison
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. Statewide Green Bay, Madison, Menasha, Milwaukee, Rice Lake
The Economic Justice Institute is home to the University of Wisconsin Law School’s six civil, anti-poverty clinical programs. Dane, Jefferson, Racine counties; some services statewide Madison
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. Statewide Janesville, Madison
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. Brown and Oconto Counties Green Bay
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. Lincoln County Merrill
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. Barron, Burnett, Clark, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, and Washburn counties Ladysmith
Judicare Legal Aid provides civil legal assistance, information and education to low-income people, Native Americans, and others who might otherwise be denied access to justice. 33 counties in northern Wisconsin, and Native American clients statewide Wausau
Kids Matter Inc. provides legal services and other advocacy for children in foster and kinship care in the greater Milwaukee area. Milwaukee and Waukesha counties, limited services statewide Milwaukee
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. 39 counties in southern Wisconsin Green Bay, La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee, Oshkosh, Racine
Legal Aid Society of Door County is a volunteer organization that operates primarily as a screening and referral source to coordinate legal services through local pro bono attorneys. Door County Sister Bay, Sturgeon Bay
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. Milwaukee County Milwaukee, Wauwatosa
LOTUS Legal Clinic, Inc. serves victims of gender-based violence and human trafficking through trauma-informed legal advocacy, policy initiatives, education, and survivor empowerment. Statewide Brookfield
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. Statewide Milwaukee
The Milwaukee Bar Association Foundation carries out charitable aims of the Milwaukee Bar Association and is a partner in the Milwaukee Justice Center, a collaborative project that taps volunteers to address unmet legal needs. Milwaukee County Milwaukee
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. Portage County Stevens Point
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. Marinette and Oconto Counties Marinette
Vivent Health is committed to being a respectful, caring partner serving everyone affected by HIV through comprehensive, integrated programs including legal services. Statewide Appleton, Beloit, Eau Claire, Green Bay, Kenosha, La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee, Superior, Wausau
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. Southeastern Wisconsin Waukesha
Winnebago Conflict Resolution Center, Inc. provides mediation services and training in mediation and conflict resolution statewide. Winnebago County Oshkosh
World Relief Fox Valley is a Christian humanitarian organization that works with refugees and other immigrants in vulnerable situations as they rebuild their lives. Fox Valley Appleton


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One of our longest-standing Prime Partners, Farmers 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. Farmers State Bank's participation reflects an admirable commitment to justice for all in Wisconsin.

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