The Venable Foundation, Inc. Awards an Impact Grant of $150,000 to Benefit The Legal Aid Society – New York

3 min

The organization plans to use the investment to support its Homeless Rights Project, which helps to improve access to shelter for low-income New Yorkers. 


New York, NY (November 20, 2017) – The Venable Foundation, Inc., the philanthropic arm of the law firm Venable LLP, is pleased to announce it has awarded an impact grant of $150,000 to benefit The Legal Aid Society – New York to support its Homeless Rights Project, which helps to improve access to shelter for low-income New Yorkers.

Matthew T. McLaughlin, partner-in-charge of Venable LLP's New York office, added, "Homelessness is a serious issue in New York City, and it becomes even more crucial to find shelter for the needy during the winter months, which are approaching. We are proud to support the endeavors of The Legal Aid Society in helping individuals and families attain a safe place to live."

"This grant is part of our long tradition of unparalleled giving, which complements the pro bono legal work, community service, volunteer time, and board service of Venable's attorneys and staff," said Lindsay B. Meyer, president of The Venable Foundation.

"Homelessness continues to be a citywide problem impacting our clients and other low-income New Yorkers," said Seymour W. James Jr., attorney-in-chief of The Legal Aid Society. "This funding will bolster our legal services to help individuals come in from the cold and secure long-term, affordable housing. The Legal Aid Society is grateful for The Venable Foundation's support of our work combating homelessness."

Through its civil, criminal, and juvenile rights practices, The Legal Aid Society – New York represents clients throughout New York City in more than 300,000 cases and matters annually, more than any other legal services organization in the country. For more information, visit

The Foundation, now in its 35th year, has contributed more than $25 million in the last 10 years in contributions to a wide variety of organizations. Established in 1983, the Foundation supports an expansive range of civic, cultural, and charitable endeavors, as well as public interest law and legal education. These include children's services and funding for disadvantaged families and individuals; homeless shelters and food programs; community organizations, hospitals, hospices, and local chapters of national health organizations; and educational, artistic, and cultural events and organizations. The Foundation is supported by contributions from partners of Venable LLP, an American Lawyer Global 100 law firm headquartered in Washington, DC. For decades, the Foundation was led by former Venable partner and former Attorney General of the United States, Benjamin Civiletti. His leadership and stewardship of the Foundation set the standard for today's Venable partnership.


Venable LLP is an American Lawyer Global 100 law firm headquartered in Washington, DC that serves as primary counsel to a worldwide clientele of large and mid-sized organizations, nonprofits, and high-net-worth entrepreneurs and individuals. With over 600 attorneys across the country, including California, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Virginia, and Washington, DC, the firm strategically advances its clients' business objectives in the U.S. and around the globe. Venable advises clients on a broad range of business and regulatory law, legislative affairs, complex litigation, and the full range of intellectual property disciplines. For more information, please visit