Founded in 1982, the Kirkland & Ellis Foundation was created for the purpose of providing financial support to charitable and law-related organizations that serve a wide range of initiatives. The Foundation's beneficial impact is felt in the United States and abroad, with regular support from Kirkland & Ellis International LLP. Annual contributions from Kirkland partners fund the Foundation. Employees, associates and partners of the Firm can also have charitable contributions matched through the Foundation's Employee Matching Program.
The Kirkland Foundation is committed to helping hundreds of charitable efforts succeed every year. Select Kirkland & Ellis Foundation recipients:
Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center
Barts and The London Charity
Boys & Girls Harbor, Inc.
Brooklyn Botanical Garden
Chicago Humanities Festival
Greater Chicago Food Depository
American Bar Foundation
Forever Young Foundation
Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Global Wildlife Conservation
Step Up Women's Network
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
London Legal Support Trust
Los Angeles Regional Foodbank
Mercy Home for Boys & Girls
National Black Law Students Association
Western Center on Law and Poverty
The Partnership to Educate & Advance Kids (PEAK)
The Shakespeare Theatre Company
Special Olympics District of Columbia
Teach for America
The Metropolitan Opera
The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless
The Foundation also provides financial support to leading law and business schools. These schools have used our financial gifts to fund law chairs, minority scholarships and public service fellowships. Significant donations made by the Foundation include:
A four-year partnership with the Howard University School of Law in support of an annual Kirkland & Ellis symposium issue of the Howard Law Journal.
A $5 million pledge by the Kirkland & Ellis foundation and 31 senior Kirkland partners. The gift established the Kirkland & Ellis Scholarship Fund for students in the law school's JD-MBA program, among other benefits.
Endowment of the Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law Chair at each of the following schools: Harvard Law School, Northwestern University School of Law, University of Chicago Law School and the University of Michigan Law School
Sponsorship of the Kirkland & Ellis Minority Scholarships at Northwestern University School of Law and the University of Chicago Law School
Endowment of the New York City Public Service Fellowships at Columbia Law School and the New York University School of Law which provides one outstanding student from each school each year the opportunity for a year of post-graduate public service in New York
Establishment of the Kirkland & Ellis Pro Bono Fellowship Program for University of Chicago law students, during the summer following their first year of law school, to gain practical experience in a firm setting while engaging in public interest work
A two-part endowment involving the creation of a permanent Kirkland & Ellis Scholars Program and the Kirkland & Ellis Law Forum at Stanford University School of Law
Sponsorship of the first-year writing program at Columbia Law School.This five-year sponsorship builds on the Legal Practice Workshop, the required two-semester course that is a key component to the professional preparation provided to first year students
The Kirkland & Ellis Foundation's higher education contributions have also extended to UCLA School of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, Yale Law School, Pepperdine University School of Law, Duke University School of Law and The Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, among others.