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GBLS receives generous financial support from a broad spectrum of the Greater Boston community. The ongoing support of local law firms, coupled with the individual support of lawyers has been constant since 1900. We also rely on generous annual support from the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation, which distributes legislative appropriations in addition to revenue from Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA).
We have also received long-term support from numerous foundations and charitable organizations. We currently receive grants from the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, the Boston Bar Foundation, and private and family foundations. GBLS also receives numerous grants from municipal, state and federal government agencies. GBLS also regularly receives Cy Pres awards.
Despite this generous support from so many sources, the need for legal services far outstrips our ability to provide it. GBLS is forced to turn away three out of every five people who ask us for help because we don’t have the staff to serve them. Each of these people are in a legal crisis when they call for help, and GBLS staff must decide who to serve based on such criteria as:
- Which battered woman is in the MOST immediate danger without legal help?
- Which family will become homeless FIRST without representation in Housing Court?
If you are interested in making a donation to help GBLS represent more individuals and families who need help with basic human needs, please contact Anna Marie Ventura at 617-603-1565, or donate online.