Lawyers Club Fund for Justice Statement of Purpose:
To make charitable gifts in the name of Lawyers Club of San Diego (“Lawyers Club”) and its members to facilitate education, research, funding and programming by grantees addressing social and legal issues related to the mission of Lawyers Club, to advance the status of women in law and society, including but not limited to matters such as the following:
1. Domestic and sexual violence against female victims with emphasis on legal services, education, awareness and prevention;
2. Gender discrimination, harassment or bias against females; and
3. The unmet legal needs of females, particularly programs that support and improve the administration of justice.
In addition, another goal of the Fund for Justice is, in appropriate charitable contexts, to facilitate volunteerism and community service by members of Lawyers Club, and to bring positive public attention to the efforts of members of Lawyers Club in service to their communities.From time to time, the Board may adopt a strategic priority or issue, which the Fund for Justice should consider in both soliciting grant applications and recommending the award of grants.
Limitations: The Fund does not make grants or loans to the following:
- Organizations which are not 501(c)3 tax exempt organizations;
- Organizations having a religious, political or lobbying purpose, but not organizations where these activities are incidental to the primary organizational mission;
- Organizations whose primary function is to allocate funds to other charitable organizations or projects; or
- Projects outside San Diego County.
Annual Grant Funding Round:
Once per year the Fund for Justice Committee accepts grant applications for review. The grant submission is due June 15. After the submissions are received, each applicant will be assigned to a Fund for Justice Committee member who will arrange to meet with the applicant, conduct a site visit, and get to know the applicant organization better. Grant applications will be reviewed throughout the summer and fall and allow Lawyers Club boards’ final approval before grantees are announced at Lawyers Club’s annual holiday luncheon held in December. Grants will be awarded from $500-$5,000.
There is no application form with which to apply for a FFJ grant; however, we do ask that all applicants adhere to these submission requirements below:
Applications must be submitted in both electronic and in paper form (to the Lawyers Club address) and should include a narrative with:
- organizational information;
- purpose of the grant (indicate whether request is for program/project specific items or for purchase of tangible items);
- budget for the requested grant money, if applicable;
- IRS determination of 501(c)(3) status;
- financial statements for last two years;
- current year operating budget for organization; and
- biographies of board members.
Electronic copy should be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org in PDF format with separate electronic PDF files with file names which include the applicant name in the title. For example: "ACME” would submit PDF files named as
follows: ACME application, ACME IRS determination, ACME financial statements
2015, ACME financial statements 2014, ACME 2016 budget and ACME board
Paper copy of the application and attachments
should be mailed to: Lawyers Club of San Diego, Attention Fund for Justice Committee Co-Chairs, at the mailing address below.
Successful applicants will be
required to submit reports of the program’s progress to the Fund. An initial
report will be expected at 9 months and subsequent reports as appropriate.
Unused funds must be returned to the Fund for Justice.