Wayfind f/k/a Washington Attorneys Assisting Community Organizations Programs
Wayfind matches pro bono attorneys with needy nonprofit organizations that need assistance with business-related legal issues.
Wayfind provides educational resources on legal issues affecting nonprofits through workshops, seminars, and publications. The publicatons include the useful manual "How to Form and Maintain a Nonprofit in Washington State," 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), StartZone (in Federal Way) and StartZone NW (in Edmonds). 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 300 Washington nonprofit organizations. Wayfind's Legal Self-Assessment Checklist has been widely lauded, with comments such as this: "A 'must read and consider' for ALL smaller/newer not-for-profits and a good reminder for even well-developed organizations."
Greater funding is needed to support the development of a program to assist low-income microentrepreneurs and low-income serving nonprofit organizations.