Fundraising is always a challenge for nonprofit law organizations. That’s why it helps significantly when other legal services organizations share their successful fundraising strategies and help troubleshoot problems. In May, Mark Romero, Chairman of the CILS Board of Trustees and Nicole Scott, CILS Director of Marketing and Development attended training hosted by the American Bar Association Section of Litigation Committee. Taught by two veteran fundraisers, Jack Ward (retired from the Greater Boston Legal Services] and Lisa Verges (Community Legal Services, Inc. in Philadelphia], Mark and Nicole learned many new fundraising ideas specific to legal aid. The training, held at the posh DLA Piper offices in downtown San Diego, also gave CILS the opportunity to mingle with staff and board from a dozen other legal aid organizations from across the country.

“We thank the American Bar Association Section of Litigation Committee for providing excellent training on legal aid fundraising,” said Nicole Scott, Director of Marketing and Development. “We are implementing what we’ve learned from Jack and Lisa to ensure we have the funds needed for our clients to have access to justice for decades to come.”