A contribution that lasts more than a lifetime.

Make a planned gift to Legal Aid and ensure that your passion for justice will be part of your legacy, leading by example for others to give back. Different ways of structuring a gift can achieve tax savings, enhanced cash flow, and the transfer of valuable resources to your family. Best of all, you make an unmistakable statement about your commitment to justice when part of your legacy is a planned gift to Legal Aid.

Upon making a planned gift you will be part of our growing Legacy of Justice. This elite group is made up of more than 65 people who share a strong bond of generosity and commitment to justice for all.

Making Your Gift

As with any important financial decision, your estate planning should be carried out with the advice of an expert. When you’re ready to commit to a planned gift through your will or revocable trust, consult your estate planner or adviser and let them know that the formal, legal name for Legal Aid is Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance (MMLA). Legal Aid requests that planned gifts be directed to the Laurie N. Davison Endowment Fund at the Minneapolis Foundation.

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Have questions about the planned giving process? Contact Director of Development, Melinda Hugdahl
at (612) 746-3744 or mhugdahl@mylegalaid.org.


Laurie Davison

Laurie Davison had an extraordinary passion for fairness and justice. As a Legal Aid staff attorney, supervisor and litigation director for 22 years, Laurie changed thousands of lives for the better. Sadly, Laurie died in 1997 at age 47, but her memory lives on. In 1998, Legal Aid established the Laurie Davison Endowment Fund as a tribute to her dedication and service. Laurie Davison Endowment Laurie’s many contributions to Legal Aid’s advocacy for clients ranged from smaller individual cases to class actions resulting in state and national changes in systems and the law. As staff attorney, supervisor and litigation director, Laurie influenced lasting changes, including:

  • Ending the practice of discharging veterans from the Minnesota Veteran's Home with no formal standards or process; ended terminating, reducing or suspending Minnesota veterans' benefits with no prior notice or hear ing.
  • Eliminating a policy whereby foster parents received reduced food stamp allotments, ultimately influencing the U.S. Department of Agriculture to change its regulations.
  • Challenged a durational residency requirement in the Minnesota General Assistance program, thereby increasing the safety net for thousands of poor Minnesotans.

Laurie set an outstanding example of high standards and hard work, coupled with a humane concern for clients. Serving as a teacher and mentor to newer lawyers, Laurie helped countless legal professionals develop their skills and become more effective advocates for Legal Aid clients. Here’s what Legal Aid lawyers have said about working with Laurie:

“I am a far better lawyer and person because of Laurie’s words and example... Laurie helped me develop the skills to do this work that I love."

The Laurie Davison Endowment supports Legal Aid’s ability to engage in comprehensive advocacy – whether helping one family or changing entire systems – with excellence, compassion and integrity — just as Laurie did.