Grant Award from American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Foundation to The Commons Law Center to Serve Portland’s African American Community
Basic estate planning can help create intergenerational wealth
August 31, 2020
The Commons Law Center is thrilled to announce the receipt of $23,000 in funding from the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Foundation (ACTEC) for the purpose of expanding estate planning legal services in African American communities in Portland, OR.
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Funds from ACTEC Foundation will help The Commons Law Center hire a law school graduate to support the program, with priority given to graduates connected to Portland’s African American communities. The law school graduate expand educational efforts already underway, develop creative new approaches to reach people, and support legal service delivery.
The grant will support The Commons’ Homeownership Asset Preservation Program, a partnership with the American Alliance for Homeownership, funded by the City of Portland’s Housing Bureau. The program provides estate planning services to longtime, low-income homeowners in N/NE Portland, as a way to help preserve the homeownership assets of the African American and other low-income communities in the area.
Jeffrey Thede, ACTEC’s Board President, explains that “The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Foundation is proud to support the important work of the Commons Law Center to expand estate planning services to the African American community in North and Northeast Portland while growing the pipeline of estate planning lawyers of color. We look forward to their success.”
Contact: Amanda Caffall, Executive Director & Staff Attorney