The Law Foundation of British Columbia (the Foundation) is a non-profit foundation established in 1969 under the Legal Profession Act. The Foundation receives the interest on funds held in lawyers’ pooled trust accounts maintained in the banks and credit unions of the province. The Foundation in turn distributes these funds by way of grants.
The Legal Profession Act directs the Law Foundation to distribute these funds in five areas:
- legal education
- legal research
- legal aid
- law reform
- law libraries
While the Foundation makes grants only in law-related areas, it strives to fund projects and programs that provide a benefit to the general public of British Columbia.
The Foundation also aims to direct its funding to projects and programs that reflect the diversity of British Columbia. The Foundation’s working definition of diversity is:
Diversity includes age, different abilities, socio-economic level, education, ethnicity, language, family, gender, marital/relationship status, race, religion, work experience, geographic size and location, and sexual orientation.
The Foundation is governed by an eighteen member Board of Governors comprised of lawyers, judges and lay people – all of whom volunteer their time. The Foundation employs a staff of ten: an executive director, a finance director, four program directors, a training manager, and three administrative assistants.