Montana Justice Foundation

Making Justice Accessible for All Montanans

aka MJF   |   Helena, MT   |  www.mtjustice.org

Mission

To achieve equal access to justice for all Montanans through effective funding and leadership.

Ruling year info

1980

Executive Director

Ms. Niki Zupanic

Main address

PO Box 1917

Helena, MT 59624 USA

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Formerly known as

Montana Law Foundation

EIN

81-0391131

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Legal Aid Grants Program

Through a comprehensive grants program, the MJF strategically and objectively allocates its resources to dozens of outstanding legal aid organizations and access to justice initiatives.

 

The MJF is in a unique position in the state to maximize the impact of grants on access to justice programs.  For nearly a decade the MJF has been at the forefront of determining legal needs and gaps in level services in Montana.  Through the funding and coordination of two comprehensive statewide legal needs studies, (2005, 2010), and quantitative and qualitative analysis of the work of our grantee organizations and other legal service providers, the MJF is in the best position to ensure that grants and awards programs match available funding with Montana’s legal needs.
 

 

 

Since 1985, the Foundation has contributed nearly $5 million to qualified statewide access to justice programs.  Without our efforts, our grantee organizations would be forced to devote a portion of their already limited staff and resources to raising funds for operation.  Additionally, the MJF supports our grantee organizations through the facilitation and sponsorship of staff and board trainings, inter-provider networking, and advocacy.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

In 2006, The MJF established a Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) for law school graduates employed by non-profit organizations dedicated to providing legal aid to low-income individuals and families in Montana. 
 

The LRAP program is designed to support the recruitment and retention of qualified staff attorneys working for legal aid organizations by reducing the burden of significant debt incurred to finance law school education.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Montana Justice Foundation provides mini-grants in the are of Law Related Education (LRE).  LRE promotes the goals of civic education and, at the same time, enhances relationships between the state’s attorneys and students. Programming includes mock trial, We the People, and peer courts. LRE student participants learn civic values, the value of becoming a positive contributor to society, and gain knowledge from the attorneys and judges who participate.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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Financials

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Montana Justice Foundation

Board of directors
as of 12/20/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mike Lamb

Lamb & Carey Law

Term: 2016 - 2019

Hon. Elizabeth Baker

No affiliation

Robert Minto

No Affiliation

Donald MacIntyre

No affiliation

Ashley Burleson

No affiliation

W. Ryan Jones

No Affiliation

Mike Lamb

No Affiliation

Michele Robinson

No Affiliation

Katherine Bidegaray

No Affiliation

John Heenan

Kim Schulke

John Mudd

Kyle Nelson

Maggie Weamer

Don Murray

Carey Matovich

Patricia Cotter

David Rice

Caitlin Overland

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/20/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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