Thomson Reuters Foundation: Inviting applications for ‘free legal service’ for NGOs and social enterprises.

Funding brief: TrustLaw is the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global pro bono legal programme. They connect high-impact NGOs and social enterprises working to create social and environmental change with the best law firms and corporate legal teams to provide them with free legal assistance. They produce groundbreaking legal research and offer innovative training courses worldwide.

TrustLaw was created to spread excellence in the practice of pro bono and drive social change worldwide.

Free legal assistance: Our free legal service enables NGOs and social enterprises to streamline operations, expand into new countries and scale their impact. This helps them focus on their mission without spending valuable resources on their legal needs.

Research: Our research programmes are powerful advocacy tools that enable TrustLaw’s NGO and social enterprise members to achieve unprecedented legal and policy reforms and strengthen the rule of law. They have helped change legislation to support victims of violence, assisted advocacy efforts to combat sex discrimination and supported legal reform activities to strengthen the rights of the LGBT community.

Training and events: They run accredited legal training on social enterprise and impact investing as well as capacity-building workshops and webinars to provide practical guidance on legal issues relevant to NGOs and social enterprises.

Tools and resources: TrustLaw produces a wide range of tools to help our NGO and social enterprise members address their legal needs and support their advocacy efforts. They also provide legal teams with the resources to build and strengthen their pro bono practice, navigate regulatory requirements and engage in successful pro bono partnerships.

The TrustLaw team is spread around the globe, with staff in Argentina, Hong Kong, India, Kenya, Spain, Thailand, the UK and the US.

Free legal assistance
Our free legal service enables NGOs and social enterprises to streamline operations, expand into new countries and scale their impact. This helps them focus on their mission without spending valuable resources on their legal needs.

They work with hundreds of legal teams representing over 120,000 lawyers who volunteer their time, skills and expertise to help NGOs and social enterprises achieve their social mission.

Through TrustLaw, lawyers can provide free legal assistance to organisations facing challenges that transcend borders, enhancing the spread and depth of pro bono work in jurisdictions relatively unfamiliar to the practice.

TrustLaw is a completely free service. Once they become members, NGOs and social enterprises can request free legal support, and lawyers can volunteer to work on projects that interest them.

TrustLaw is the largest global pro bono network with over 4,000 members across more than 175 countries. They work with hundreds of legal teams representing over 120,000 lawyers who generously provide free legal support to thousands of NGOs and social enterprises.

Impact
TrustLaw is the world’s largest facilitator of free legal services. Since we launched just over six years ago, we have generated the equivalent of $134 million in free legal assistance to NGOs and social enterprises on the frontlines of social change.

They have supported grassroots organisations to employ their first staff members, helped vulnerable women access loans to start their first businesses and brought renewable energy lighting to slums. Free legal assistance on these projects has made a significant impact on local communities working to overcome poverty and discrimination.

The research programmes are powerful advocacy tools that enable our NGO and social enterprise members to achieve groundbreaking legal and policy reforms and strengthen the rule of law. We have crafted tools to deliver justice for victims of human trafficking and slavery, assisted advocacy efforts to combat sex discrimination and improved policies to help diagnose HIV/AIDS.

TrustLaw Awards 2019
The ninth annual TrustLaw Awards will celebrate remarkable pro bono projects undertaken by legal teams with NGOs and social enterprises around the world.

They will award three outstanding pro bono projects, in addition to the international firm, domestic firm, and in-house legal team of the year, and the esteemed Lawyer of the Year award.

Donor Name: Thomson Reuters Foundationss
Funding name: No specific fund name

Deadline: No deadline

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: N/A

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding

Project start date: N//A
Project duration: N/A

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility: Please see the following criteria you need to meet in order to access the application:
Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)
Membership to TrustLaw is open to NGOs that are:
Registered as a legal entity in compliance with local requirements or authorities;
Non-discriminatory, apolitical and non-proselytizing;
Working towards a social mission that seeks to address social, humanitarian, or environmental challenges;
Able to clearly express their social objectives, including the impact they are trying to achieve, who they aim to help and how they plan to do this;
Able to share at least one annual report detailing their finances, activities and programmes;
Able to demonstrate their sustainability with evidence of funding or support for the 12 month period following the application; and
Self-governing with a Board that manages the activities of the organisation.

Social Enterprises
Membership to TrustLaw is open to social enterprises that are:
Registered as a legal entity in compliance with local requirements or authorities;
Non-discriminatory, apolitical and non-proselytizing;
Working directly towards a social mission that seeks to address social, humanitarian or environmental challenges;
Able to clearly express their social objectives, including the impact they are trying to achieve, who they aim to help and how they plan to do this;
Non-profit or for-profit organisations (for-profit organisations must demonstrate a commitment to reinvesting most of their profits to further their social mission);
Able to share at least one report or plan detailing their activities, programmes, impact and impact measurement approach;
Able to demonstrate their financial sustainability with evidence of investment support for the 12 month period following the application or revenue generating activities.

Referral partners
TrustLaw partners with organisations that support NGOs or social enterprises with grants, awards, fellowships or membership. These partners are invited to refer their own members / grantees / award winners / fellows for membership of TrustLaw.

Referral partnership is open to organisations that:
Are registered as a legal entity in compliance with local requirements or authorities;
Support or work with members / grantees / award winners / fellows that are directly working towards a social mission that seeks to address social, humanitarian or environmental challenges; and
Conduct due diligence before approving their members / grantees / award winners / fellows that meets the requirements of the TrustLaw due diligence criteria for NGOs and social enterprises.

Law Firms, Lawyers, and Corporate Counsels
You must be registered to operate with the relative country authority, such as your state’s bar association (USA) or your country’s national certification body for lawyers, such as the Law Society of Kenya;
You may need to provide two references;
You must be prepared to undertake work found within the TrustLaw system on a pro bono basis.

Individual Lawyers
Currently, TrustLaw does not accept unsolicited applications from individual lawyers, acting on their own behalf rather than on behalf of the law firm or organisation they work for;
They will review applications from individual lawyers that come to us from three sources:

Referrals: The Foundation works with many law firms and in-house legal teams. Where lawyers working for such institutions wish to work on a pro bono matter that is outside the scope of work that their employer will support, those lawyers may apply to join the TrustLaw network independent of the institution they work for. These lawyers should contact their pro bono coordinators in the first instance who can pass their details to the TrustLaw team.

Jurisdictional requirements: The Foundation welcomes applications for TrustLaw membership to individual lawyers where there are no or very few law firms in the jurisdiction in which they are qualified. Please contact trustlaw@thomsonreuters.com for further information.

Invitations: Occasionally, the Foundation will invite specific lawyers to join TrustLaw based on the jurisdiction they work in and our own vetting criteria.

Eligible Country: No Country Bar Found (Open to all regions)

Submission mail: Not found

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