• McDowell Foundation Tenth Year Anniversary Celebration

    The Barbara McDowell Foundation will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the founding of the Foundation on April 23, 2019, with a cocktail reception at Drinker Biddle in Washington, D.C. The Foundation was created to honor the life and to continue the work of social justice advocate, Barbara McDowell, who passed away at the age of 56 from brain cancer, in 2009.Judge Patricia Millett of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will be the featured speaker at the cele...  Read More...

  • High Impact Project: Lawsuit Alleges NYC Transit Authority is Seizing Tax Refunds for Old Violations

    As part of its High Impact Litigation Project, the McDowell Foundation, in conjunction with the law firm Drinker Biddle, the National Center for Law and Economic Justice, and New Economy Project, filed a federal class action lawsuit charging the NYC Transit Authority, an arm of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, with systemic due process violations. The civil rights action challenges the Transit Authority for seizing people’s state tax refunds to collect on alleged default jud...  Read More...

  • IMPACT HIGHLIGHTS - Providing justice to immigrants seeking asylum

    For almost 10 years, the McDowell Foundation has been providing grants to nonprofit organizations nationwide engaged in litigation efforts to create social justice for disadvantaged persons and groups in the United States.We are thankful to our grantees for helping us fulfill our mission, especially in today’s political, economic and social climate, in which the need for this work is significant and growing.We are excited to share the next installment of our “Impact Highlights”...  Read More...

  • IMPACT HIGHLIGHTS - Ending discrimination against disabled individuals

    Happy New Year!The McDowell Foundation is excited to introduce our new monthly blog series, “Impact Highlights”, in which we feature the success story of one of our many grantee organizations.Since our founding in April 2009, the McDowell Foundation has distributed over $1,150,000 in grants to 45 organizations nationwide! In that time, our grantees have made significant progress in creating social justice for disadvantaged persons and groups in the United States. Last September, the Foundation m...  Read More...

  • Announcing the 2019 Grantees

    After another successful grant cycle shown by the work of last year’s grantees, the McDowell Foundation has selected this year’s grantees. Of the fifty-six organizations which applied, five were selected to each receive $30,000 grants, a 20% increase from last year’s award amounts. The missions of the selected organizations reflect the changing needs of the contemporary political climate. Two grantees, the American Immigration Council and the National Immigration Project, ...  Read More...

  • Once Again, the Deadline Approaches

    Amidst the current political climate, where tragedy and injustice seem to abound, it can be easy to get discouraged. To think that not one action of yours could possibly have any effect on the children scattered along the southwest border, the frightening, careless way the media is disparaged, or our freedom of speech is threatened, is, however, an unproductive thought pattern. In the same way that no one person can destroy that which makes this country great, it will take a collection of m...  Read More...

  • Grant Season Approaches

    With the advent of warmer weather comes the arrival of another year of giving at the McDowell Foundation, and we anticipate this year to be more rewarding than ever before. The Foundation has received a wide range of thoughtful feedback from individuals and organizations in the legal aid community following the publication of its first annual report, further cementing the Foundation’s role as an agent of giving during this critical time in the national political landscape. The Foundat...  Read More...

  • The Future of the Foundation: Fundraising

    As a part of our continuing efforts at expansion, the Barbara McDowell Foundation has begun the process of fundraising to increase the Foundation’s capital. This endeavor has provided the Foundation with an opportunity to rethink its role in the philanthropic community. While previously the Foundation had only served to distribute funds from a single donor, the Foundation hopes to expand slowly that number of donors so the Foundation may donate more money in larger amounts to a wider array...  Read More...

  • The New Year

    After a brief hiatus for the winter holidays, the Barbara McDowell Foundation returns to work with several projects targeted at expansion of the Foundation’s financial and philanthropic reach. One of the first initiatives that the Foundation aims to accomplish in the new year is the publication of its first Annual Report. The report will include the history of the Foundation, testimonials from former grantees, and a visual representation of the Foundation’s activities nationally...  Read More...

  • Announcement of 2018 Grantees

    After a rigorous selection process during which the 56 applicants were narrowed town to a pool of seventeen highly-qualified finalists, the Foundation has selected its grantees for 2018.  While last year saw the award of five grants in the amount of $25,000 per organization, this year the Foundation has decided to expand that number to six grantees for a total of $150,000. This addition of a sixth grantee was done to distribute as much giving as possible amidst the chaos of the current poli...  Read More...

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