Wayfind matches pro bono attorneys with nonprofit organizations that need assistance with business-related legal issues.
Wayfind provides educational resources on legal issues affecting nonprofits through workshops, seminars, and publications. A calendar of our upcoming nonprofit legal trainings are available at www.wayfindlegal.org/events/. Publicatons include the useful manual Washington Nonprofit Handbook and the Legal Self-Assesment Checklist, both available on Wayfind's website, www.wayfindlegal.org
Wayfind has a microenterprise program that connects attorneys with low-income microenterprise entrepreneurs at monthly or quarterly legal clinics in collaboration with Washington CASH (in Seattle), Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship (in Edmonds and Seattle). The clinics provide microentrepreneurs free consultation with business attorneys.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Wayfind's volunteer attorneys have donated over 7,000 hours to help over 400 Washington nonprofit organizations. Wayfind's Legal Self-Assessment Checklist has been widely lauded, with comments such as this: "A must read" for all not-for-profits and a good reminder for even well-developed organizations."
Wayfind's South King County Nonprofit Series is in it's second year. Wayfind provides nonprofit legal trainings and nonprofit legal clinics to the South King County community. Wayfind partners with South King County community leaders to determine which trainings are most needed. Wayfind partners with The Seattle Foundation, South King County Counsel on Human Services, City of Kent, and others on this project.
Wayfind is partnering with The Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship on a Worker Cooperative project that will train community groups who are interested in developing worker cooperatives in the Seattle area. Wayfind is providing the legal training to the micro-entrepreneurs who are interested in starting worker cooperatives.
Wayfind has helped over 500 low-income micro-entrepreneurs with legal counsel at our Microenterprise Legal Clinics in Seattle, Edmonds and Federal Way, since we opened our first Microenterprise Legal Clinic in 2009. Wayfind volunteers attorneys meet with small business clinic clients for a little over an hour and provide free business law advice on their particular business law questions. Wayfind provides training for all of our legal clinic attorneys.
Greater funding is needed to support the development of a program to assist low-income microentrepreneurs and low-income serving nonprofit organizations.