Could Private Donations Save Legal Aid?

Posted on September 23, 2015 by Dan Christensen

We reported on the possibility that Congress might cut funding to Legal Services Corporation (LSC), but now many people are trying to make up for that potential shortfall. Legal aid organizations are hitting the streets and searching for funders of legal aid, but can private donations save legal aid?

It is estimated that legal aid in New Hampshire alone has provided $84.4 million of economic impact over the past 10 years, but state agencies are continuing to cut funding. In 2011, the drop in state funding closed offices for legal aid in Nashua and Littleton, which leaves only five branches left for one legal assistance organization.

“For us it’s a labor of love,” says the chairperson of one legal services campaign. “The need is greater and the public dollars are smaller.”

That’s why the NH Campaign for Legal Services is trying to raise $350,000 to replace the money lost when the state pulled funding, but donations can be spotty and there is no guarantee that the goal can be met. Since demand for these services always outpaces what legal aid provides, many people could be stuck with no legal recourse.

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