Since its founding over 30 years ago, The Morrison & Foerster Foundation has contributed more than $50 million in support of nonprofit organizations in the communities in which MoFo lawyers and staff work and live.
In 2016, the Foundation commemorated its 30th anniversary by awarding $1.6 million in multiyear charitable grants based on recommendations received from MoFo lawyers and staff. This was in addition to annual giving.
In all, the Foundation’s total giving in 2016 was $4.2 million.
Recipients of the Foundation’s 30th Anniversary Grants included:
- Constitutional Rights Foundation, for the development of Cops & Kids: Working Together for Peace on the Streets, a program that creates an opportunity for Los Angeles youth, police officers, teachers, and parents to explore together the ways the roles that police and citizens play in public safety
- GlobalGiving Foundation, for the Japanese non-governmental organization Lighthouse: Center for Human Trafficking Victims, for its expansion to regions outside of Tokyo and the use of technology to reach more targets and victims of human trafficking in Japan
- Voices for Children, for the implementation of its Case Liaison Program in San Diego County, which is designed to triage child abuse cases in court in real time and to match trained Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) to foster children as quickly as possible after they become dependents of the court
- Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, for the launch of its Parent Engagement and Academic Enrichment Program, which is designed to increase the level of parental involvement in the education of public school children in disadvantaged communities in Washington, D.C.
- You Gotta Believe, for the launch of its This Is For Real Program, which is designed to provide long-term post placement support for older foster youth and their adoptive families in New York City
- YWCA Silicon Valley, for the launch of its Arise Program, a mobile counseling and therapy unit serving children and youth in Santa Clara County, California, who have been affected by complex trauma
Download the Foundation’s 2016 report to learn more about community-based giving at MoFo.