Expanding access to civil legal services in Wisconsin.



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.

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.

Grantee agencies can literally change people’s lives, and do so every day. Their hard work is invaluable to the men, women and children who rely on them to provide civil legal support through difficult times.

The following 2017 grant recipients continue to share their dedication, skill, and innovation in providing help to the most vulnerable members of our society in the face of these 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.

AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin provides help to individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS, so they can find the legal help they need to live with dignity.

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.

*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.

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  

*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.

*Agencies with an asterisk preceding their names received Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse Civil Legal Services State Appropriation funding in 2017.


February 15, 2019
Executive Committee Teleconference
March 1, 2019
Board of Directors Meeting
May 10, 2019
Grants & Evaluation Committee Meeting
August 30, 2019
Finance Committee Teleconference
September 10, 2019
Grants & Evaluation Committee Meeting
September 27, 2019
Executive Committee Teleconference
October 11, 2019
Board of Directors Meeting
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



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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Tehmina Islam, Office Manager
Carlos Arenas, Program Manager

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