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Racial Justice Fund

NCLEJ launched a Racial Justice Fund in 2021 to provide dedicated support for our racial justice work. NCLEJ has more than six decades of successfully advancing economic and racial justice using groundbreaking impact litigation, policy advocacy, and support for grassroots organizing. Our racial justice advocacy goes far beyond litigation and prioritizes supporting the critical work of grassroots, BIPOC-led movements organizing to build power in their communities. 


Your investment will increase political power for marginalized communities and fuel community-driven alternatives to combat discriminatory policing practices and environmental injustices in communities of color. Your support will enable NCLEJ to file impact litigation, produce action-oriented research and policy reports and continue supporting our grassroots partners’ advocacy campaigns.

NCLEJ’s Racial Justice Work

The first phase of our work under the Racial Justice Fund includes advocacy to secure police accountability and environmental justice. We are:

To learn more, please email Tamara Vasan, Director of Philanthropy, at vasan@nclej.org

Goals and Outcomes

Our work builds toward the following:

Sponsorship Opportunities

NCLEJ must raise $1,000,000 in new support for the Racial Justice Fund to serve current clients and communities and expand this work to new communities where our support is needed and has been requested. The strategy includes a commitment to investing in the next generation of skilled advocates who will advance economic and racial justice. Funding will support increased staff capacity, including attorneys, communicators, data analysts—and the creation of a dedicated fellowship and internship program.

Support the full scope of case and coalition work with a transformational gift which will support dedicated legal fellowships and internships. 

Name a Legal Fellowship for Racial Justice with a lead gift. A donation at this level supports 1-2 year fellowships for attorneys who are 1-4 years post law school.

Name Legal Internships for Racial Justice with a major gift. This generous donation will support multiple internships annually. 

JOIN as a Monthly Sustainer for Racial Justice with a recurring gift of $50.00 per month.


Generous supporters currently include Mastercard and Dentons, Cohen & Gresser, Phelps (In Honor of Pamela Rosado, AXA XL), NCLEJ board members, and loyal donors.

Cynthia AdamsPaul DodykStephen and Joan KassDennis ParkerPhilip TomYelena KonanovaRev. Michael Livingston

NCLEJ welcomes your questions and comments. Please contact Tamara Vasan, Director of Philanthropy, at vasan@nclej.org for further discussion.