PBI’s Law Firm Pro Bono Project recently released its annual Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge® Report, which examines the pro bono activities of Challenge signatories.
A notable highlight from 2016 was the jump in charitable giving to legal services organizations. The average firm donation last year was $503,875, the highest average donation in the Challenge’s history, and a 9.4% increase over 2015, when the average donation per firm was reported as $460,660.
We applaud those firms and attorneys who not only gave their time but also contributed dollars to local and other legal services organizations. Firm contributions are critical to maintaining an effective pipeline and support network for legal services programs, and, in return for law firm pro bono efforts. They, however, on their own absent government and other support, will never comprise full funding for legal services. Now more than ever before, we must remain vigilant and fully engaged in the fight for government funding for civil legal aid for the poor.
Check out the complete Challenge Report, including analysis of the data, l information regarding firm size and pro bono, detailed graphs, and more. Watch this space for more highlights from this year’s Challenge Report, and tune into to the Law Firm Project’s discussion of the Report and the “State of Pro Bono” on our podcast, the Pro Bono Happy Hour.
If your firm of 50 or more lawyers would like to join the Challenge, please contact Law Firm Pro Bono Project Assistant Elysse DeRita.