National Lawyers Guild Foundation

The National Lawyers Guild Foundation (NLGF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that promotes the NLG’s mission through public education and grants to legal projects engaged in the defense of political and civil rights. Since inception, a primary role of the Foundation has been to support the sustainability of the NLG National Office through direct grants on an annual and as-needed basis. These grants allow the National Office to coordinate national mass defense, organize students, provide fellowships, and produce and distribute NLG publications. Our support ensures that the National Office remains a strong uniting force of the NLG.

NLGF Board of Directors

In 2014, the NLGF launched a small grants program to support NLG entities outside of the National Office through small grants to promote membership and strengthen programmatic work between NLG chapters and committees. Information about past grant recipients can be found here:

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Information about the current grant cycle can be found here.

Fiscal Sponsorship In addition to supporting the National Office, the Foundation serves as fiscal sponsor for NLG chapters and committees that do not have 501(c)(3) status. Fiscal Sponsorship allows NLG entities to seek grants and solicit tax-deductible donations. Past and current fiscally sponsored projects include the Committee to Stop FBI Repression, Lynne Stewart Defense Committee, Committee to Save Mumia Abu-Jamal, the Military Law Task Force, and the Water Protector Legal Collective. The Foundation has also served as fiscal sponsor for the New York City, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Portland and San Francisco Bay Area Chapters. Any new projects seeking fiscal sponsorship must have a direct relationship with an NLG chapter or committee. Please contact for more information.

Ways You Can Support the NLGF

Your gift will support human rights activists working with the legal system to make direct change for social justice. Gifts of any amount make a huge difference to our work.

Making a monthly pledge is an easy way to pledge your commitment to the Guild. Your recurring contributions provide a steady source of support while saving time, fees, and resources.

By including the National Lawyers Guild Foundation, Inc. in your will, you can memorialize a lifetime of people’s lawyering and guarantee that your voice for human rights over property interests will carry on.

If you are age 70½ or older, you can make tax-free charitable gifts of up to $100,000 per year directly from your IRA to eligible charities, such as the National Lawyers Guild Foundation. Qualified Charitable Distributions satisfy your required minimum distribution while avoiding the potential negative tax consequences that regular IRA withdrawals in retirement can create.

  • Name the NLG as a Beneficiary on Your Life Insurance

By naming the NLG as a primary or secondary beneficiary on your life insurance you can support the NLG’s work to advance human and civil rights while ensuring that your loved ones are provided for.

    • Stock Gifts

Make a contribution to the NLG with stock or mutual fund shares instead of cash and save on capital gains taxes. For more information please contact