CLS is funded through grants and donations. We receive grant support from the following:
- Joel Benoliel
- City of Seattle (Older Americans Act funding)
- Equal Justice Works
- Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
- Thomas V. Giddens Jr. Foundation
- Impact Fund
- Legal Foundation of Washington
- Perkins Coie, LLP
- Poverty and Race Action Research Council
- Sea-Mar Community Health Centers
- Seattle Foundation
We also have received generous donations from the Elder Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association and others.
A CLS client, Olga Sanchez, is quoted in the 2012 Annual Report of the Impact Fund:
When Olga Sanchez (left) and her neighbor, Susana Molina (middle), had had enough of the unfair rent increases and additional security deposits at their trailer park, they decided to take a stand. With the help of Columbia Legal Services, they were able to file a successful class action suit against the mobile home park owners and stop the practice of forcing tenants to sign new rental agreements at higher rents and paying additional deposit fees.
"I was tired of seeing so many injustices in the park". (Olga Sanchez, as quoted in the Impact Fund 2012 Annual Report, p. 7)
CLS does not charge its clients fees, as the clients are unable to pay attorneys fees. CLS sometimes receives attorneys fees in cases in which those fees by law are paid by opposing parties because CLS’s clients have won the case. Because we do not receive fees in most cases, we depend upon grants and donations to sustain our work.
Your contribution will ensure that no vulnerable population is left to ‘fall through the cracks’ of our justice system. To support our work, please donate to the Campaign for Equal Justice, our state’s annual giving drive sponsoring the work of CLS and our partners in the Alliance for Equal Justice.
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