Thomson Reuters Foundation’s TrustLaw: Free Legal Services for NGOs

TrustLaw is the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global pro bono legal programme. It connects the best law firms and corporate legal teams around the world with high-impact NGOs and social enterprises working to create social and environmental change. It produces groundbreaking legal research, and offer innovative training courses worldwide.

Through TrustLaw, over 100,000 lawyers offer their time and knowledge to help organisations achieve their social mission for free. This means NGOs and social enterprises can focus on their impact instead of spending vital resources on legal support.

TrustLaw works with over 550 legal teams across 170 countries that generously support the legal requests of TrustLaw NGO and social enterprise members for free.

How it works
Legal teams, NGOs and social enterprises can join TrustLaw for free. Once members, NGOs and social enterprises can request free legal support, and lawyers can volunteer to work on exciting pro bono projects.

Lawyers
Each week, lawyers will receive an email listing pro bono projects available across the global network. Lawyers can submit an offer of interest for a project, and the NGO or social enterprise client will choose which legal team to work with. Selecting projects to support is entirely at the discretion of the lawyer.

NGOs and Social Enterprises
Post a request for free legal assistance on TrustLaw’s online portal and then speak with TrustLaw about your legal needs. Once finalised, TrustLaw legal members will be able to see your legal request.

Lawyers in the network will have two weeks to volunteer to help. Then TrustLaw will send the offers of support to the NGO or social enterprise to select which legal team they would like to work with.

The pro bono projects TrustLaw supports range from operational legal issues for NGOs and social enterprises, including general commercial, intellectual property and employment matters, to international cross-border legal research.

Examples include:

  • Advocacy: Research on laws in multiple countries, comparing best (and worst) practices.
  • Your staff: Employment and volunteer agreements
  • Structuring: Helping to select the right legal entity for your NGO or social enterprise.
  • Funding: Partnership or funding agreements.
  • Protecting your brand and ideas: Trademark registration, copyright, patents and licensing.

For more information, visit http://www.trust.org/trustlaw/

Latest Funds for NGOs

Environmental Protection Agency: 2018 National Environmental Information Exchange Network Grant Program

Maurice & Phyllis Paykel Trust: Inviting Applicants for Project & Equipment Grants

Friends of Liberia: Seeking Applications for Small Grants Program

Daiwa Foundation Small Grants Program: Promoting Interaction between UK and Japan

U.S. Mission to Ukraine: 2018 Ambassadors Funds for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Small Grants Program

U.S. Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina: Democracy Commission Small Grants Program

The Will Charitable Trust: Supporting People with Learning Disabilities in UK

Philip Henman Trust Grant: Supporting Charities Concerned with Overseas Development in UK

U.S. Mission to Ukraine: 2018 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Large Grant

U.S. Embassy in Burundi: U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP 2018)

Asian Community Trust: Inviting Applicants for 2018 Local Projects on Education and Youth Development

U.S. Embassy in Belarus: Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Program

Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust: Grants to Individuals Undertaking Nature Conservation Projects

U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand: U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2018

Applications Open for Kahane Foundation’s Grant Program!

Applications Open for ACSS Small Grants Program (SGP)!

Frame: Project Grant for Contemporary Art Organisations to Exhibit Work by Finnish Artists Abroad

Embassy of the Netherlands: 2018 Call for Proposals for Matra for European Cooperation Fund

Grand Challenges India: Seeking Proposals for “Immunization Data: Innovating for Action (IDIA)” Program

Frame: Project Grant for Organisations to Participate in Art Fairs Abroad

U.S. Embassy in Mongolia: Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation 2018 Small Grants Competition

Frame: Project Grant for an International Art Publication

Submit Proposals for Frame’s Travel Grant for Artists for Exhibiting Abroad!

U.S. Embassy in Mongolia: Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation 2018 Large Grants Competition