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What is the Washington State Bar Foundation?

That’s a question I get asked a lot, and I’m sure it’s one you’ve asked yourself. Let me start by explaining what it is not. It is not to be confused with the Legal Foundation of Washington (LFW), which raises and distributes state, private, and IOLTA funds to support civil legal aid across the state. The Washington State Bar Foundation is also not the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA), which both regulates lawyers and provides professional-association like services to its members. So what is the Washington State Bar Foundation? The Foundation is the fundraising arm for the WSBA’s public service and diversity programs. Separately incorporated as a Washington state nonprofit, the Foundation is recognized as a public charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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