The first quarterly update on the Good360/Community Legal Centre Pilot Program has been released, with good news about how the law firm sponsorships have helped community legal centres (CLCs) and the communities they serve.
Good360 (featured in Issue 113 of the Australian Pro Bono News) facilitates large donations of brand new unsold goods from businesses and distributes them to charities and not-for-profits to help Australians in need — everything from computers, office supplies and electrical goods to bedding, clothes, shoes, beauty products and toys.
Since the launch of the Pilot Program on 18 October 2016, 25 CLCs, Aboriginal Legal Services and Family Violence Prevention Legal Services have been registered thanks to the sponsorship support of 11 law firms.
According to the Quarterly Update, the Pilot Program has provided CLCs with $34,182.37 worth of goods as at 3 March 2017, which is more than five times the amount that law firms invested in sponsorships. Some of the organisations that have benefited most from the program do not have a high profile and do not normally receive much, if any support, particularly those CLCs in regional, rural and remote areas.
Good360 is currently developing a process for accepting and distributing law firms’ donations of computers/laptops and other ICT products. More news on this coming soon.
What law firms can do
Law firms can join this program to:
- sponsor CLCs with registration — for as little as $250 per CLC (for example $2,000 will sponsor eight CLCs subscriptions and give them access the full Good360 product range); and,
- identify and donate their firm’s excess goods — high quality furniture or computers, laptops and other ICT items are always in demand.
Firms that have already pledged sponsorship support include:
- Australian Legal Sector Alliance
- Baker & McKenzie
- Colin Biggers & Paisley
- DLA Piper
- Henry Davis York
- Lander & Rogers
- Sparke Helmore
- Wotton + Kearney
Firms wishing to sponsor one or more CLCs can click here.