Your support helps vulnerable Oregonians
Legal aid provides free civil legal services to low-income and elderly Oregonians and uses its limited resources to serve only the most critical legal needs—food, shelter, basic medical care, and physical safety.
Legal aid services in Oregon are available in all 36 Oregon counties via legal aid offices in 17 communities. These programs are funded through a unique federal, state, and private partnership that includes over 80 sources of revenue (see below).
Without help from donors like you, poor and elderly Oregonians have no meaningful access to our legal system, and “justice for all” is an empty promise. Thank you for your support!Who Does Legal Aid Help?
How is Legal Aid Funded?
Oregon legal aid programs are funded by a unique state, federal, and private partnership that is, according to Senator Ron Wyden, “a model for the nation.” In response to decreased federal support for legal aid, over 20 years ago Oregon set out to diversify and stabilize its funding sources. Today, legal aid programs receive funding from about 80 different sources.
State court filing fees are currently the single largest source of funding for Oregon’s legal aid programs. A portion of state court filing fees has been directed to legal aid since 1977. Other large sources of revenue include the federal Legal Services Corporation and the Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTA) funding received through the Oregon Law Foundation. Legal aid also receives funding from state, city, and county grants.
About four percent of legal aid’s budget comes from CEJ donors like you—about a million dollars per year. To put that in perspective, it takes about $300,000 per year to operate a small rural legal aid office. Because of the generous contributions of the Oregon legal community, many more families across Oregon have food on the table and a clean, safe place to live.