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Established in April 2009, the mission of the McDowell Foundation is to create social justice through legal action. We fulfill our mission by making grants to organizations that undertake systemic litigation focused on improving the economic well-being and social conditions of disadvantaged persons and groups in the United States.
The McDowell Foundation comprises two major operating components:
- Annual Grantmaking:
- Each year, the Foundation advertises its grantmaking services to the legal aid community, drawing in applications from across the country. After a rigorous evaluation process conducted by the central staff, the Board of Directors meets to choose a selective number of grantees out of the 15-20 finalists. Since its inception, the McDowell Foundation has distributed over $1,150,000 in grants to 45 organizations nationwide to social justice organizations to be used in the pursuit of a specific piece of litigation.
- High Impact Cases
- In partnership with the Philadelphia-based law firm Drinker Biddle as well as other major law firms, the High Impact Litigation Project is a branch of the Foundation which aims to fight social injustice through direct, pro bono litigation. The Foundation usually takes on several additional cases each year.