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Amanda Alvarez and her baby Liliana with legal aid attorney Ashley Wilson

Leadership and Funding for Justice in Florida

Today in Florida, thousands of low-income individuals and families are trying to deal with difficult legal problems alone. For them, access to justice often is elusive, or worse, unattainable. The problems faced by the poor are very real:

  • The disabled veteran who can't buy food if he doesn't get his disability check
  • The elderly widow who is losing her home because she is a victim of mortgage fraud
  • The abused child who needs a safe and loving home

Legal aid helps by removing barriers to stable and productive lives -- and when the lives of poor people are improved, all Floridians benefit.

The Florida Bar Board of Governors brought The Florida Bar Foundation into existence in 1956 as a nonprofit corporation chartered to foster law-related public interest programs on behalf of Florida’s legal profession.

The Florida Bar Foundation is the only statewide organization linking 30 legal services programs in Florida to form a comprehensive, statewide legal services delivery system. Its funding promotes access to justice and improvements in addressing the civil legal needs of the poor. The Florida Bar Foundation is a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to the Foundation are deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.

While principal support for the Foundation’s charitable activities comes from the Interest on Trust Accounts (IOTA) Program implemented by the Florida Supreme Court in 1981, Foundation grants also are supported by gifts from Florida attorneys, law firms, corporations, foundations and other individuals.

We offer help, but we also count on yours.

Overview of The Florida Bar Foundation (PDF)


Grant Programs

Revenue from Florida's Interest on Trust Accounts (IOTA) program is the chief source of support for the Foundation’s grant programs. Learn more.

IOTA Program Information

The Interest on Trust Accounts (IOTA) program was implemented by the Florida Supreme Court in 1981. The nation’s first IOTA program, it serves as a model for similar programs across the country and creates millions of dollars in funding for legal aid each year. Learn more.