Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio Awarded $50,000 Grant from the Supreme Court of Ohio Civil Justice Program
Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio (PBPO) is pleased to share that it has been awarded a grant of $50,000 by the Supreme Court of Ohio Civil Justice Program. The Supreme Court of Ohio Civil Justice Program was established in 2016 to improve access to justice for low-income, underserved, and disadvantaged populations throughout Ohio.
Over the past two years, PBPO learned first-hand that nonprofits in Southwest Ohio have struggled to navigate the ever-changing legal landscape of COVID-19. Legal needs for our nearly 300 nonprofit clients continue to be more complex and time consuming. In fact, while we handled the same number of legal matters in 2021 when compared to 2020, the total hours attorneys volunteered for those matters increased by 22%. The generous funding from the Supreme Court of Ohio Civil Justice Program enables PBPO to keep up with this increased demand, all while ensuring continued access to justice for hundreds nonprofit organizations throughout the Cincinnati and Dayton regions, with the support of PBPO’s 800+ talented attorney volunteers and dedicated staff.
“As the largest provider of free, non-litigation business legal services to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in Ohio, PBPO is uniquely positioned to strengthen the legal foundations of our community’s nonprofits,” stated Susan Street Whaley, PBPO Board President. “We are thrilled to be part of the positive impact being made throughout Cincinnati and Dayton because of the generosity of the Supreme Court of Ohio Civil Justice Program.”
“With our direct business legal services and education programs, PBPO promotes continued access to justice for small, community-based nonprofit organizations. This meaningful grant award ensures Ohio nonprofit leaders can focus their limited time on what they do best – making a deep and positive impact on the people and communities they serve, with a reach far beyond what any one of us can do alone,” stated Erin Childs, PBPO Executive Director.