Meet the foundations that support our work

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The Employment Justice Center receives no government funding for the important work that we do. Instead, we rely on individual donors and private foundations to ensure we can provide critical legal services to low-wage workers, fight for laws that protect the right to workplace justice, and develop worker activists as leaders in the fight for economic justice for all.

The Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, the Moriah Fund, the Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation and the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation have not only supported our legal, advocacy, organizing and education programs, but have provided funding for technological improvements, trainings and other projects to build the EJC’s capacity. These foundations honor their namesakes’ vision and values while addressing today’s issues. The Public Welfare Foundation, the Consumer Health Foundation, Family Values @ Work and Open Society Foundations support our work with their funding, and with their ability to connect the EJC to larger communities of advocates working on the same issues.

Because the EJC is the only source of comprehensive employment law assistance available to low-wage workers in the DC metropolitan area, we are grateful for the support we receive for our legal programs, including our free, walk-in Workers’ Rights Clinics from the Chet Levitt Fund for Employment Law, the DC Bar Foundation, the DC Bar Labor & employment Law Section and the Jovid Foundation.

Equal Justice America and the Peggy Browning Fund offer paid internships for law clerks. The Taproot Foundation provides consultants to take on projects beyond our expertise, such as development of an EJC Volunteer Management Plan. The Catalogue of Philanthropy also helps by bringing information and awareness of the EJC’s work to a larger community.

And then there is a recent grant from the Berger Marks Foundation, a family foundation with a specific goal – and a wonderful founder’s story of tin-pan alley songwriter Gerald Mark’s love for his labor activist wife, Edna Berger – funded by the royalties from his songs, including “All of Me.”

While we are grateful for the support of all of these foundations, almost half of our funding is provided by private donors. The EJC is currently conducting our annual May Day campaign. Please support our work with your donation.