Our justice system is the foundation of American society and what makes this country a model for the world.  But it doesn’t serve its mission unless it works for everyone.  Courts today are filled with people whose lives are in crisis and who, without legal information or assistance, are trying to get help with basic life necessities: safety, shelter, support for their children.  MJF funds organizations that help people get those basic needs addressed, restoring their ability to be productive members of their communities, making the courts more effective for all court users, and building public trust in the justice system.

How your gift helps ordinary Montanans:

  • $100 mediates a contested parenting plan
  • $200 funds a trip for a CASA volunteer to make an in-home visit to an abused or neglected child in Eastern Montana
  • $500 helps a family struggling to make ends meet stay in safe, stable housing
  • $1,000 provides an expert witness and a translator for an immigrant domestic violence survivor escaping an abusive environment