In Pursuit of Justice

Ned Wolf at the Fairmount Apartments
Law Center founder Ned Wolf at the Fairmount Apartments

As we mark the 50th anniversary of our founding in 1969, we are proud to announce the launch of In Pursuit of Justice: A campaign for the Public Interest Law Center.

Today, the Public Interest Law Center stands as a beacon for people faced with poverty and discrimination. We are proud of the impact we’ve had since our founding: changing policies and practices that perpetuate poverty, and improving the life prospects of millions of people. The campaign for the Public Interest Law Center aims to ensure that the Law Center has the resources it needs now and to sustain itself into the next fifty years by funding the Law Center’s two most critical needs:

Building a Deeper Bench to Tackle Poverty and Discrimination Today

Every day, we are asked to join new fights against systemic injustice: discrimination, public agencies that fail the people they serve, and disinvestment in Philadelphia’s poorest neighborhoods. Due to a limited organizational capacity, we cannot respond to all of these requests. Through this effort, we will raise $1 million to expand our impact, supporting new full-time staff.

Building Resources to Secure Social Justice Tomorrow

For most of its 50-year history, the Law Center has operated amid year-to-year budgetary uncertainty. To ensure that our committed, talented staff is supported for years to come, the campaign will raise $1 million for an organizational endowment that will provide a permanent stream of income to support our mission.

Donors may make outright gifts or, in some cases, contribute through bequests in their estate plans. Your support will help ensure that the Public Interest Law Center can continue to expand civil, social, and economic rights in the Philadelphia region for decades to come.

We are well on our way to meeting our goal. Thanks to generous leadership gifts, as of October 2019, we have raised $1.2 million to support the future of the Public Interest Law Center.

Ready to begin the conversation?

Contact Dena Driscoll, Director of Development and Communications, to learn more about how you can get involved.

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Staff attorney Ebony Griffin speaking at a Vacant Land 215 training for community gardeners

Staff attorney Ebony Griffin speaking at a Vacant Land 215 training for community gardeners


We are grateful for the following campaign contributions & commitments made to date:


Nicholas E. and Kathleen P. Chimicles
In memory of Tom Gilhool

Laddie and Linda Montague

In memory of Ned Wolf and Tom Gilhool and in honor of Michael Churchill



William H. Ewing

Katherine Hatton and Richard Bilotti / Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP

Mimi and Jim McKenzie




Richard Berkman and Toni Seidl

The Richard Berkman and Toni Seidl Health Care Justice Project

Tom and Kate Chapin

John Chou and Teresa Wallace

Steven and Ellen Friedell

In memory of Barbara Macholz Grimaldi

Jeffrey Golan and Frances Vilella-Vélez

The Jeffrey Golan and Frances Vilella-Vélez Voting Justice Project

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President’s Grant Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation

David and Gayle Smith

The Barbara Macholz Grimaldi Racial Justice Fund



Claude and Lea Knight / Johnson & Johnson

Claude and Lea Knight Community Organizing Initiative

Kohn, Swift & Graf, P.C.

Ellen Meriwether and Steven Goldfield

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan Lewis Professional Development Initiative

Rayman L. Solomon and Carol Avins

Wyncote Foundation




Jennifer R. Clarke and Alan Barstow

Brian Feeney and Lauren Carella

Kenneth and Andrea Frazier

Amy Ginensky and Andy Rogoff

Amy Ginensky and Andy Rogoff Emerging Advocate Initiative

Don Perelman and Elise Singer

Will Sachse

Paul and Susan Saint-Antoine

Anne and Richard Umbrecht



AMJ Foundation


Theodore and Barbara Aronson

David and Jodi Caputo

Duane Morris LLP

David Gersch and Cathy Hoffman

Langer, Grogan & Diver P.C.

Charisse R. Lillie, Esquire and Thomas L. McGill, Jr., Esquire

Shannon McClure

Michael McKeever

Arthur Newbold

Tobey and Kim Oxholm

Ali Perelman

David Richman and Janet Perry

In honor of Michael Churchill and Jennifer Clarke

Jacqueline and Wade Robinson / Chubb Limited

Sherrie Savett

Michael Scott and Robin Hauner

Marc Sonnenfeld and Ann Laupheimer

Joseph and Detta Tate



Zac Arbitman and Julie Perkins

Mira E. Baylson and Hal Morra

Richard and Eileen Bazelon

Leigh Ann and Emmerich Buziak

Lisa Clark

Cozen O’Connor

Joe and Betsy Fay

Bret Flaherty and Helen Gym/AmerisourceBergen

Molly Flynn

Shauna Itri and Daniel Miller

Tracie and Cynthia Palmer

Patel Family

Curtis and Robin Roberts

Colby and Shannon Smith

Hyung Steele and Amy Ponpipom

Karen Jackson Vaughn

Robert and Elisa Wiygul

Judy Yun and Michael Swarr / AstraZeneca



Dean and Angela Beer

Matthew and Ariella Glazer

Robert Heim and Eileen Kennedy

Mark Kasten and Elise Scioscia

Cecily Kihn

Brenda and Ron Marrero

John and Kathleen McKeever

Richard and Nancy Pasquier

Wendy C. Wolf