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  • July 21, 2021

    Make a Greater Impact: Wisconsin Law Foundation Donations Double Through June 2022

    Now through June 2022, new donor contributions to the Wisconsin Law Foundation will be doubled, thanks to a generous pledge from the Kevin & Roseann Lyons Fund with the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.
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    July 21, 2021 – Thanks to a generous pledge from the Kevin & Roseann Lyons Fund with the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, all donations from individuals who have not contributed to the Wisconsin Law Foundation since July 1, 2018, will be matched for a cumulative dollar total of up to $25,000.

    “Donate now through June 30, 2022, and your donation will have twice the impact, thanks to Kevin and Roseann’s generous donation,” said Margaret Ahne Herlitzka, Wisconsin Law Foundation president.

    Affected by the Pandemic

    The Law Foundation needs our support now more than ever, said Herlitzka.

    When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the Law Foundation saw a dramatic increase in applications for support of charitable and educational programs and projects that promote greater understanding of the law and improve the administration of justice in communities across our state.

    “To meet the demand and help address issues caused by the pandemic, the Law Foundation is working hard to increase our funding, but we cannot do it without your support,” Herlitzka said.

    “For those who have thought about making a donation, this is a great time to do so,” she said.

    The Foundation Makes a Difference Across Wisconsin

    Thanks to a Law Foundation grant in 2020, ABC for Health was able to provide guidance during the pandemic to the newly unemployed as to what access they would have to health care.

    In Crawford County, a grant kept its teen court program going – helping children stay out of the justice system.

    In Madison, a Foundation grant helped immigrants receive affordable legal representation through the Catholic Multicultural Center.

    Other recent grants include funding to:

    • Briarpatch Youth Services Inc., Madison, for its Restorative Justice Program/Youth Peer Court;

    • Centro Legal, Milwaukee, for a family law consultation program;

    • Milwaukee Justice Center to help create a touch-free intake process due to COVID-19;

    • RISE Law Center to support its End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin initiative;

    • Boys and Girls Club of Portage County for programming for underprivileged children;

    • State Public Defender’s Office for the Student Expulsion Prevention Project;

    • Wisconsin Teen Court Association for its Restorative Justice Summit; and

    • Teen courts in Grant and Winnebago counties.

    “We were able to respond to these needs because of the past generosity of our donors,” Herlitzka said. “Thanks to our donors, we are able to continue providing funding for critically needed programs and services at a time when demand has never been higher.”

    “And by donating today, you will double your impact, thanks to the generosity of the Lyons’ matching challenge gift.”

    To Donate

    • Mail a check to: Wisconsin Law Foundation, 5302 Eastpark Blvd., Madison, WI 53718-7158 (write MATCH on the memo line);
    • Call (608) 250-6171 or (800) 444-9404 ext. 6171 to make a donation by credit card; or
    • Make a donation online via

    About the Wisconsin Law Foundation

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    The Wisconsin Law Foundation is the charitable arm of the State Bar of Wisconsin, and through its mission has a rich history of promoting:

    • public understanding of the law,

    • improvement of the administration of justice, and

    • law-related public service through funding of innovative and creative programs that improve the vision of the American justice system.

    The Foundation is a nonprofit, nonstock organization, and is open to all State Bar of Wisconsin members. Founded by five visionary attorneys, it was incorporated in 1951 as the Wisconsin Bar Foundation, and through the charitable contributions of our members, has grown into the vital philanthropic law-related organization it is today.

    Find out more in the Foundation’s Impact newsletter.


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