The Morrison & Foerster Foundation supports underserved communities and equal access to justice of all kinds. With financial support primarily from Morrison & Foerster’s lawyers and staff members, the Foundation promotes our collective social engagement while strengthening our local communities.
One of the oldest law firm-affiliated charitable foundations in the United States, the Foundation has contributed $63 million since 1986 to a wide variety of nonprofit organizations that address social welfare and systemic discrimination through programs focused on legal aid, civil rights, and equity in education, healthcare, and housing.
The MoFo Foundation is honored to share our 2019 report with you. We especially thank Morrison & Foerster’s partners for their original charitable vision, their long-standing commitment to justice in all its forms, and their continuing support.
View our annual report.
The Morrison & Foerster Foundation enables the people of Morrison & Foerster to focus their charitable giving on nonprofit organizations serving the communities in which they live and work. Funds are distributed at the discretion of the Foundation’s board of directors, which consists of partners from each of the firm’s geographic regions.
Our charitable giving in 2019 totaled $3.3 million. Of that, more than three-quarters was directed to organizations serving disadvantaged youth, fighting discrimination, or providing free legal services to people in need. We also gave to organizations focused on access to quality healthcare and housing, as well as the arts. And we continued our longstanding sponsorship of an undergraduate scholarship program for children of Morrison & Foerster staff members.
In 2019, we also raised and matched donations to nonprofit organizations responding to the economic and environmental impact of the United States government shutdown, and, as 2020 unfolded, we offered special match programs to advance racial justice and respond to the health and economic effects of COVID-19.
Over the past 20 years, the Foundation’s board of directors set aside a portion of its annual budget in order to fund a series of special grants in amounts much larger than the Foundation could otherwise contribute. Each of these four sets of large grants began with a firmwide call for nominations. The responses were tremendous, with 80-100 nominations submitted for each set of awards by partners, associates, counsel, and staff members. All of the chosen projects focused on addressing some of the critical unmet needs of disadvantaged children and youth in our communities. Our total giving through this Special Project Grants Program now stands at $5.1 million.
We completed the distribution of our most recent set of multiyear special project grants – in honor of the Foundation’s 30th anniversary – in 2018. Representing the largest set of grants in the Foundation’s history, our 30th Anniversary Grants were part of $1.6 million in special awards and followed multi-year special project grants announced in 2003, 2006, and 2012. In 2019, we continued the tradition of setting aside funds for a new set of special project grants, to be announced at a future date.
The Foundation considers funding requests only if sponsored by Morrison & Foerster lawyers or staff. We are not accepting other unsolicited grant proposals at this time.
The Morrison & Foerster Foundation gives only to nonprofit organizations with IRC § 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status with programs that, in the view of the Foundation's board of directors, are aligned with the Foundation's focus and can, in the board’s opinion, best serve the community's charitable needs. Contributions are not made to individuals; to fraternal, religious, or political organizations; to groups that discriminate on the basis of race, religion, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or gender identity; or to organizations that serve only a particular religious or political group. The Foundation does not purchase tickets to charitable fundraising events.
The Foundation's board of directors includes partners from the firm's offices around the world.
The Morrison & Foerster Foundation is a public charity. Donations to the Foundation are tax-deductible as allowed. The Foundation's federal tax identification number is 94-3006979.
The Morrison & Foerster Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity, federal tax ID no. 94-3006979. Financial information about the Foundation can be obtained by writing to the Foundation at 425 Market Street, 32nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105-2482. In addition, several states where the Foundation is required to file financial information each year require the following disclosures: Colorado: Colorado residents may obtain copies of registration and financial documents from the office of the Secretary of State, (303) 894-2200 #2 or http://www.sos.state.co.us/. Massachusetts: A copy of the latest annual report can be obtained from the Foundation, or from the Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division of the Attorney General's Office at Charities@state.ma.us or http://www.charities.ago.state.ma.us/charities/. New York: A copy of the latest annual report can be obtained from the Foundation, or from the Charities Bureau of the Office of the Attorney General at 28 Liberty Street, New York, NY 10005, (212) 416-8686, or http://www.charitiesnys.com. Virginia: Financial statements are available upon request from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, P.O. Box 1163, Richmond, VA 23218. REGISTRATION IN THE ABOVE STATES DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION OF THE MORRISON & FOERSTER FOUNDATION BY THE STATES.