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Barancik Foundation doles out $3.4 million in grants

Release Date: 
04/24/2017

The Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation board of directors has approved than $3.4 million in grants and initiatives, bringing its 2017 grants approved to more than $6 million.

The grants include:

■ $125,000 to the Manatee Community Foundation to support the Manatee County Foster Care Initiative, a collaboration of nearly 30 public and nonprofit agencies working together to create a system of care for children being displaced by the heroin/opioid addiction epidemic in the region. Funds will specifically pay for an early childhood court community coordinator for 12th Judicial Circuit Court and a marketing campaign to fill a gap of more than 100 foster care homes in the county.

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Stephanie Marchman: Legal aid positively impacts economy

Release Date: 
04/11/2017

Those of us in the legal community have long understood the positive impact of legal aid on low-income families, but we now have powerful evidence that legal aid also benefits the economy in our community and statewide.

A new study commissioned by The Florida Bar Foundation found that every dollar invested in civil legal aid organizations by the foundation, donors and other sources resulted in more than $7 in economic impacts in 2015.

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Florida Bar Foundation focuses on determining self-representation numbers, pro bono needs

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03/30/2017

The Florida Bar Foundation hopes its Everyone Counts initiative will lead to answers on just how many pro bono attorneys are needed and just how many people are representing themselves in court.

“There’s always talk about the need for pro bono attorneys, but how do we know there is a need, just because?” Ericka Garcia, the Foundation's director of pro bono partnerships, told the Florida Record. “We wanted to have the data to back this up and help guide us to the next step.”

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POINT OF VIEW Bridging justice gap pays off for Florida in many ways

Release Date: 
02/22/2017

 

Investing in civil legal aid makes sense not just because it’s the right thing to do but because that investment pays off for all of us, with a return of more than $7 for every $1 spent, according to a newly released study commissioned by the Florida Bar Foundation. From the $83 million spent on civil legal assistance in Florida in 2015, businesses experienced $274.8 million in increased revenue, and this, in turn helped generate 2,243 new jobs, according to the study’s calculations.

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Invest in access to civil justice: Where We Stand

Release Date: 
02/03/2017

But a recent study makes a convincing case for the Legislature to include funding again in this category — and for the governor to break with his pattern and sign off on it. 

Commissioned by The Florida Bar Foundation, the study concluded that every dollar spent on civil legal aid for lower-income Floridians yields more than $7 in benefits. As Bar Foundation President Matthew Brenner said, “Equal justice under law is not only a basic underpinning of our democracy; it’s also good economic policy.”

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