Charity of the week
In 1876, New York City’s Legal Aid Society (legalaidnyc.org) was founded to help low-income German immigrants. It was the nation’s first nonprofit organization established to give legal assistance to the poor. Today, more than 100 other Legal Aid Societies across the country provide free legal assistance to vulnerable individuals and families in cases involving consumer rights, domestic violence, public benefits, and housing, and help ensure the right to counsel in criminal cases. The Legal Aid Societies of Cleveland (lasclev.org), San Mateo (legalaidsmc.org), and the District of Columbia (legalaiddc.org) have earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator. You’ll find additional Legal Aid Societies in all 50 states; most of them are not individually rated, but all do noteworthy work.
Each charity we feature has earned a four-star overall rating from Charity Navigator, which rates not-for-profit organizations on the strength of their finances, their governance practices, and the transparency of their operations. Four stars is the group’s highest rating. ■