June 21, 2018
Discovering Justice Gala Raises $641K, Up 45% Over Last Year

May 8, 2017 — Discovering Justice, a Boston-based civic and justice education nonprofit that provides programs to teach elementary and middle school students about the justice system, announced that it raised $641,685 at its annual gala last week, surpassing last year's effort by 45%, to set a record.

Discovering Justice said the funds will support hiring a full time development director, expanding to support K-8 schools in the Boston, Worcester, Springfield, and Berkshires areas, and investing in web technology and videography.

The Discovering Justice Gala, held May 3 at the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston, which sought to raise $600,000 and attract between 400 and 450, drew more than 500 people. The gala generated 45% more in funds over last year's event.

Executive Director Jon Spack said Discovering Justice exceeded its goals due to the efforts of event consultant Mo Nguyen of Savvy Philanthropy, "an outstanding gala committee," and continuing support from long standing corporate/law firm partnerships.

Also key to the event's success, he said, was a new element, a private, VIP reception for 60 attendees held at a nearby residence on Fan Pier, which attracted high level donors.

The gala raised about 45% of the private philanthropic funds Discovering Justice expects to raise this year.

Funds were raised through sponsorships (up 46% from last year), tickets (up 37%), silent and live auctions, a fund-a-need event raised at the gala (up 0.9%), and general donations (up 87%).

Former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick and his wife Diane were honored with the organization's Champions of Justice Award.

Jim Braude of WGBH's Boston Public Radio served as emcee. Gala co-chairs were Stacy Cowan and Mo Cowan, Diane and Deval Patrick, Joshua Levy, and Rachel Rock.

Founded in 1998 and incorporated as an independent nonprofit in 2001, Discovering Justice provides in-school, after-school, and courthouse field trip programs that teach elementary and middle school students about the justice system, the role of law in a democratic society, and the fundamental importance of good citizenship.

Supported by volunteer judges, lawyers, teachers, business leaders, vendors, students, and parents, more than 140,000 children and adults have taken part in Discovering Justice’s interactive civic education programs.

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