In 2003, a group of lawyers came together to form a nonprofit organization that would make a meaningful difference in the community by working with other nonprofits and microentrepreneurs to help them navigate the legal system. They called it Washington Attorneys Assisting Community Organizations (WAACO) – and today it is known as Wayfind. From the minute it launched, Wayfind began to explore how to meet the serious need for pro bono legal services in the nonprofit sector, and how to connect nonprofits in need with business lawyers providing pro bono legal services in a systematic and easy way. Today, Wayfind’s volunteer attorneys have helped hundreds of nonprofits and community organizations.
Wayfind provides free business legal services to Washington nonprofits that cannot afford to pay for legal services. By providing free legal assistance to nonprofits, Wayfind enables innovative nonprofit ideas to emerge and help nonprofits establish long-term stability and help strengthen communities. Wayfind also provides pro bono legal consultation to low-income microentrepreneurs in King and Snohomish Counties through our Microenterprise Legal Clinics.
In addition to providing pro bono services, Wayfind educates. Wayfind provides affordable legal training to lawyers so they can be effective volunteers. Our trainings also help educate nonprofit staff, so they have the tools necessary to determine when they need legal assistance. Wayfind has many legal resources including template legal documents, toolkits on nonprofit legal needs, available for free on the Legal Resources page of our website.
Wayfind uses a racial equity lens in our work. We build capacity in communities of color and low-income communities so community-based organizations are strong and able to build power and create the social change that will help their communities thrive.
Community matters, and Wayfind is dedicated to helping community organizations and microentrepreneurs access much needed legal services so that they can continue to fulfill their important missions. We’re proud to be a community partner, and look forward to working with and for you.