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Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 01/23/2014: Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 09/08/2014: ARIZONA FOUNDATION FOR LEGAL SERVICES & EDUCATION

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AKA  Arizona Bar Foundation
Phoenix, AZ
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Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 01/23/2014: Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 09/08/2014: ARIZONA FOUNDATION FOR LEGAL SERVICES & EDUCATION

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Also Known As: Arizona Bar Foundation
Physical Address: Phoenix, AZ 85016 6295
EIN: 95-3351710
Web URL: www.azflse.org 
NTEE Category: I Crime, Legal Related
I80 Legal Services
O Youth Development
O54 Citizenship Programs, Youth Development
O Youth Development
O54 Citizenship Programs, Youth Development
Ruling Year: 1979 
How This Organization Is Funded: DES - $1,000,000
IOLTA - $750,000
Dept of ED - $200,000


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Mission Statement

The State Bar of Arizona created the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education as a separate 501(c) 3 organization in 1978, charging it with the mission of promoting access to justice for all Arizonans. The Foundation strives to fulfill this mission by preparing Arizona youth for civic responsibility and providing access to justice for Arizonan's most in need. Through the provision of technical and financial assistance to probation & resource officers, teachers & administrators, private attorneys & judges, and legal service attorneys & advocates, the Foundation works to level the playing field, so that all in Arizona have knowledge and access to the justice systems.

Legitimacy Information

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Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2012

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Leadership

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Dr. Kevin Ruegg

Term:

Since Mar 2004

Profile:

Kevin Ruegg, the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education's first Executive Director joined the Foundation on March 22, 2004. Kevin Ruegg brings more than 20 years of experience working with nonprofit agencies focused on empowerment and advocacy. Her most recent work was with Family Housing Advisory Services, a Nebraska/Iowa nonprofit housing agency, where she served as Executive Director. She also has worked with domestic violence programs and community reintegration for wayward teenage girls. Her educational background includes a BA in Business from Kansas Newman with a minor in Theology, and a Masters in Human Resource Development from Webster University and a doctoral degree in Management from Walden University.

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Programs

Program: Arizona Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Project (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$1,500,000
Category:
Crime & Legal
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

The Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education administers and coordinates the Arizona Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Project (ADVLAP), which provides free legal assistance to victims of domestic violence and their families through legal service programs and domestic violence programs across Arizona.

Program Long-Term Success:

Program has been in effect since 1998, and has helped thousands of domestic violence victims find legal justice.

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Increasing training by using webinars.

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Success is measured via reports that measure quarterly numbers served, volunteer attorneys recruited, etc.

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Many survivors are able to get out of horrible situations, becasue they had an attorney to guide them

Program: Law Related Education (LRE) Academy (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$198,617
Category:
Education
Population Served:
Adults

Program Description:

The teaching of rules, laws and the legal system that actively involves students to prepare them for responsible citizenshiresponsibilities and the role of the citizen and requires students to practice the application of law in potential real-life situations.

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Program: LawforKids.org (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$75,561
Category:
Youth Development
Population Served:
Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Program Description:

LawForKids.org is America's first stand alone web site dedicated to teaching   children about the law in a manner that kids can read quickly and understand  easily.  The site was created by the     Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education with the specific goal of     educating Arizona's youth, their      parents, communities and schools to increase their knowledge about youth laws and to    encourage law-abiding behavior.  LawForKids.org is made     possible through funding from the     Arizona Supreme Court.

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Program: Project Citizen (GuideStar Exchange,
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January 2014)

Budget:
$50,000
Category:
Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy
Population Served:
Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Program Description:

Project Citizen is a portfolio-based civic education program for grades 5-12. It helps teachers and students understand public policy and use this information to create change in their community thereby empowering them and their teachers. Click here to read Project Citizen historical information, advisory committee members, supporting organizations and past state champions.

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Program: Wills For Heroes Arizona (GuideStar Exchange,
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January 2014)

Budget:
$50,000
Category:
Crime & Legal
Population Served:
Adults

Program Description:

Wills for Heroes (WFH) provides essential legal documents free of charge to our nation’s first responders, including wills, living wills, and powers of attorney. By helping first     responders plan now, they ensure their family’s legal affairs are in order before a tragedy hits.

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Program: LawforVeterans.org (GuideStar Exchange,
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Category:
Military & Veterans
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Program: LawforSeniors.org (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
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Category:
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
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Program: Modest Means/Call Center (GuideStar Exchange,
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January 2014)

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Category:
Legal Services
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Program: Azlawhelp.org (GuideStar Exchange,
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January 2014)

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Legal Services
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Program: Mock Trial (GuideStar Exchange,
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Program: We the People (GuideStar Exchange,
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Program: Kids Voting (GuideStar Exchange,
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Category:
Education, General/Other
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