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Equity in Legal Protection

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The goal of this Community Grant area is to ensure low-income residents of Marin County have equal opportunities for legal representation and advocacy services.

Affordable, quality legal and advocacy assistance can help individuals gain or maintain economic security, preserve safe housing, prevent domestic violence, and maintain other basic needs. Nonprofit legal services providers are vital partners to protect the rights of those without the economic resources, public voice, or skills to defend themselves. MCF is committed to supporting an accessible, seamless legal services system that provides quality services for low-income Marin residents so that they are more likely to receive due process under the law. 

Under this goal, MCF will support projects that help low-income residents receive affordable, quality legal and advocacy services to better understand and protect their rights through two approaches. Funded projects may include one or both approaches.

Grants, Results, and More

Click here to learn about grants made under this goal area, along with results, an impact story, and background about this issue.


Strategy: Help low-income residents receive affordable, quality legal and advocacy services to better understand and protect their rights

Approach A:
Support legal and advocacy services for low-income residents--e.g., eligibility in-takes and referrals, one-on-one legal advice, brief services, negotiations with opposing parties, administrative hearings or trials, or impact/systems change litigation.

Approach B: Support outreach and education on legal and civil rights for low-income residents--group presentations, seminars, and workshops.

A logic model for this strategy has been developed that further explains the approaches, activities, and desired impact of this goal area.


An RFP will be issued to community organizations that are being invited to apply for support under this strategy. This strategy will not use an open competitive grants process.

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Program Director, Environment and Legal Services

Patti D`Angelo Juachon

Program Director, Environment and Legal Services


"The more I work with the MCF, the more impressed I am by the Foundation's professionalism, commitment to mission, and dedication to donor charitable intentions. MCF is an exceptional resource to our charitable community and provides much needed stewardship of donor assets. I am always very pleased to be able to refer clients to them."

Julia Sze, CFA
Managing Director, Sonen Capital, LLC, member of MCF's Investment Committee, and a donor since 2006