SAN FRANCISCO – November 1, 2012 – The Morrison & Foerster Foundation, one of the oldest law firm charitable foundations, today announced the largest set of grants in its history in honor of its 25th anniversary. The charitable program awarded $1.5 million to youth charities across the United States designed to support programs serving disadvantaged young people in cities where the firm has offices.
“The mission of The Morrison & Foerster Foundation is to give back to our communities through focused charitable giving,” said Paul Friedman, a member of the firm executive committee who chairs the Foundation. “We are proud to celebrate our Silver Anniversary by doing what we set out to do when we started the Foundation 25 years ago: to make a difference in our communities. The recipients of our anniversary grants were nominated by people in our firm. That is what we are about.”
Established in 1986 with $16,000 in seed funding, the Foundation has awarded over $33 million to nonprofit organizations, primarily at the local level, throughout the course of the past quarter century. Last year, the firm awarded $3.4 million to charities worldwide. This year marks the third time the Foundation has designated a special giving project, following $1 million programs in 2003 and 2006. The anniversary grants are made possible by setting aside a portion of the Foundation’s annual budget over a period of several years.
The Foundation is primarily funded by Morrison & Foerster partners, with additional contributions from other law firm staff and supporters. One highlight from the Foundation’s 2011 giving was Japanese earthquake/tsunami relief – Morrison & Foerster is the largest international law firms in Japan. The immediate and long-term needs of so many in Japan prompted the Foundation’s board to launch a fundraising campaign, which raised $832,000 to support organizations seeking to help vulnerable victims of the earthquake/tsunami, such as children, the elderly, and disabled people.
This year The Morrison & Foerster Foundation will award anniversary grants totaling $1.25 million to the following organizations:
In addition, the Foundation will give ten grants of $25,000 each, for a total of $250,000, to the following nonprofit organizations:
About the Morrison & Foerster Foundation
The Morrison & Foerster Foundation was established in 1986 as a nonprofit organization to enable the people of Morrison & Foerster to focus their charitable giving on nonprofit organizations serving the communities in which they live and work. One of the oldest law firm-affiliated charitable foundations in the United States, the Foundation is funded chiefly by Morrison & Foerster partners and receives additional support from firm employees and others. Over the years, it has given $33 million in charitable contributions to nonprofit organizations, primarily at the local level. For more information please visit: http://www.mofo.com/about/community/foundation