Civil Legal Aid is a Good Investment

The SROI analysis completed for Louisiana's civil legal aid organizations is a measurement of the values delivered during the fiscal year 2019-20.  The Analysis revealed that the net economic impact value resulting from Louisiana civil legal activities during the year totaled $64,823,000. This net impact is the outcome of the more than $7 million LBF granted for civil legal aid services. These values are based on the number of clients and types of legal matters handled during the period.  In fiscal year 2019-20, Louisiana's civil legal aid organizations helped in over 100 types of civil legal problems including family law, housing, healthcare, consumer protection, public benefits, employment, and community support issues.  

The total net social return on investment for Louisiana's civil legal aid programs during the 2019-20 fiscal year was 918%.  In other words, for every $1 invested in Louisiana's civil legal aid services, these programs deliver $9.18 in immediate and long-term consequential financial benefits.

The social return on investment for Louisiana's civil legal aid organizations is higher than many other types of social service organizations. This is based on the high delivery and variety of legal services that result in significant future cost savings or additional income to the state of Louisiana and the number of volunteer (pro bono) hours of legal services delivered by attorneys in Louisiana. 

The Louisiana Bar Foundation engaged an independent organization, Community Services Analysis LLC, to conduct a SROI analysis, an internationally standardized and accepted process, of more than 45 of Louisiana's civil legal aid organizations for the 2019-20 fiscal year.

For a review of the Economic Impact and Social Return on Investment of Civil Legal Aid Services for the State of Louisiana, click on the following link:    full study     summary

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