June 18, 2018
Mass. Appleseed Center for Law and Justice Raises $300K

May 13, 2017 — The Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, a Boston nonprofit that promotes equal rights and opportunities for Massachusetts residents by developing and advocating for systemic solutions to social justice issues, announced that its recently held annual fundraiser generated $300,000.

Funds raised will support initiatives in the areas of education, youth homelessness, and access to justice.

The annual Good Apple Reception, the most successful to date, which drew nearly 300 attendees to the Boston Harbor Hotel, sought to raise $275,000, generated 85% of annual revenue for the Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice. Last year’s event was attended by approximately 200 people.

Deborah Silva, executive director of the Massachusetts Appleseed Center, attributed the success of this year’s event to “the sense of urgency many have been feeling since last November’s election and the renewed commitment many are making to stand up for the rights of the most marginalized and vulnerable members of our communities.”

The organization presented its Good Apple Award to Jonathan Chiel, Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Fidelity Investments.

Silva lauded Chiel "and the respect that his colleagues in the legal community have for him, as well as his profound commitment to the principles of fairness and social justice that are the foundation of our mission.”

Lead sponsors for the event included Fidelity Investments New England Patriots Charitable Foundation & The Kraft Family Skadden, Arps, and Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Event co-chairs were Carolyn Crowley and Sara Shanahan.

Established in 1993, the Massachusetts Appleseed Center has been instrumental in leading systemic reform initiatives by building on its experience as a leader, convener, and trusted research and policy resource, influencing state policy on education, youth homelessness issues, and the courts.

Currently, the Massachusetts Appleseed Center is exploring uses of technology to enable low-income people to access justice. It is doing that by partnering with court leaders, staff, and other members of the justice community to expand access to justice by creating a 'virtual' Court Service Center. It is also working to partner with technology experts to design and promote the use of digital tools that will dramatically change the way self-represented litigants find information about legal procedures.

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