At The Morrison & Foerster Foundation, we value creativity. We imagine a healthy society in which children are safe and supported and people of all backgrounds have equal access to justice. By contributing financially to inspiring charitable organizations in the regions where Morrison & Foerster has offices, we help strengthen our communities.
One of the oldest law firm-affiliated charitable foundations in the United States, the Foundation is funded chiefly by Morrison & Foerster partners, with additional support from the firm’s other attorneys, professional staff, and friends in the community. In 2018, our annual charitable giving totaled $3.5 million. Over the years, we have contributed nearly $60 million to organizations working on behalf of the most vulnerable among us.
The Foundation’s board of directors, consisting of partners from each of the firm’s geographic regions, especially thanks the firm’s partners and employees for their 33 years of support. This support has enabled the Foundation to help many nonprofit organizations grow and provide much-needed local services, while encouraging community engagement among the people at Morrison & Foerster.
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The Morrison & Foerster Foundation’s contributions are made through a number of giving programs. We primarily focus on organizations that either serve disadvantaged youth or provide free legal services to people in need. We do so by supporting direct service organizations and fellowship and scholarship programs addressing these needs in the communities in which Morrison & Foerster has offices. We also contribute to organizations focused on access to quality health care, housing, and education, as well as the arts; many of those gifts target youth education and outreach programs, as well.
In 2018, we gave a total of $1.1 million to local legal aid organizations and national nonprofits engaged in impact litigation and the enforcement of civil and human rights. We also raised and matched donations to nonprofit organizations responding to the devastating wildfires in California and continued offering matching gift programs for Morrison & Foerster lawyers and staff members.
In 2016, we announced $1.6 million in multiyear grants in honor of The Morrison & Foerster Foundation’s 30th anniversary. This followed three similar million-dollar grant programs since 2003. All four giving programs were based entirely on projects recommended by Morrison & Foerster personnel and were in addition to our annual grantmaking.
Representing the largest set of grants in the Foundation’s history, our 30th Anniversary Grants, like the three earlier million-dollar programs, focused on creating a significant, lasting impact on some of the critical, unmet needs of disadvantaged children and youth in our communities. Our 2018 giving included final installments on these awards.
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.