Venable Foundation

Established in 1983, the Venable Foundation, Inc. promotes the health and well-being of the communities where our clients and professionals work and live.

An unwavering commitment to the welfare of the communities in which we live and work has been a hallmark of the firm.

–Benjamin R. Civiletti
, Retired Partner and Past Chair, Venable

The Foundation supports a wide range of civic, cultural, and charitable endeavors, as well as public interest law and legal education:

  • Children's services are a major focus, as is funding for disadvantaged families and individuals
  • Homeless shelters and food programs receive special attention
  • Community organizations are important to Venable, as are hospitals, hospices, and local chapters of national health organizations. We also support a wide range of educational, artistic, and cultural events and organizations

The needs of recipients are brought to the attention of the Foundation by Venable attorneys and staff, who often contribute their time and talent to those causes.

The Foundation has contributed more than $25 million in the past 10 years in contributions to a wide variety of organizations. In 2018, it gave more than $3 million, continuing a long tradition of unparalleled giving that complements the pro bono legal work and community service of Venable attorneys and staff. Recognizing both dollar and in-kind contributions, the Washington Business Journal and Baltimore Business Journal have repeatedly reported that Venable is among the region's leading corporate philanthropists.

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“We are all human beings, we are all members of our community, and we really do believe that it’s not just about how much money you make at the end of the day that defines whether you’re a successful lawyer or a successful law firm.”

Grant Details

If you are interested in applying for funding in 2019, please click here. Select "Register Here" if you are a new user otherwise enter your username and password to access your account.

**Please note that the Venable Foundation does not make contributions to organizations with religious affiliations of any kind.**

Application Timeline

At this time, the Venable Foundation is accepting applications for its fourth quarter meeting. Applications are due by October 25, 2019 and will result in a final decision by mid-December. Any application submitted after the October 25th deadline will be reviewed for funding consideration in the first quarter of 2020.

Representative Organizations

  • Arlington Arts Center
  • Arlington Free Clinic
  • Associated Black Charities
  • Baltimore School for the Arts
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City
  • Bread for the City
  • Capital Area Food Bank
  • Children's Law Center
  • CollegeBound Foundation
  • Cool Kids Campaign
  • Creative Alliance
  • Doorways for Women and Families
  • Fuel Fund of Maryland
  • Habitat for Humanity New York
  • Health Care for the Homeless
  • Higher Achievement Baltimore
  • Hope for Henry Foundation
  • LA Family Housing
  • League for People with Disabilities, Inc.
  • Legal Aid Bureau, Inc.
  • LIFT - Legal Information for Families Today
  • Maryland Food Bank
  • Mentors, Inc.
  • New Yorkers for Children
  • South Baltimore Learning Center
  • Whitman-Walker Clinic
  • Women's Law Center of Maryland


Michael W. Bigley

Director, Venable Foundation

Venable has long recognized the importance of providing first-rate legal representation to those unable to afford a lawyer. Learn more about our pro bono practice.