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Build Your Financial Resilience

July 18 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Welcome to the first Digital Family Wealth Forum presented by the Office of San Francisco Assessor Carmen Chu! As you may know, the 2020 Family Wealth Forum (originally scheduled for May 2, 2020 at Balboa High School) has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Your safety is our highest priority – therefore, we have moved our signature event online this year!

The event, named “Build Your Financial Resilience” will offer a series of panel discussions and presentations to help you get back on your feet under the pandemic while continue to build your family’s financial future. We’ll cover topics such as immediate financial assistance for homeowners and families, estate planning basics and guide, as well as personal finance management, including accessing retirement plan funds and managing mortgage forbearance. More details to come as we get closer to the event!

Please register here to gain login access to this upcoming online event (Details will be emailed to you end of the day). Spanish and Cantonese interpretation are available for the event, so invite your friends and families to join! Thank you for your interest!


Office of San Francisco Assessor Carmen Chu

Ever since childhood, our co-founder Adrian has been dedicated to reducing poverty.

He studied systemic poverty in college and went to work in the field for a few years. Eventually, he had a thesis that legal aid was the most cost-effective way to address poverty in America. He wrote up a business plan and used it to apply to law school. 

The idea was to create the country’s first system of universal access to civil legal representation that ensures everyone can obtain timely, competent legal help for any legal issue, regardless of ability to pay. That had never been done before in the history of the United States.

In law school, he met Virginia, our Programs Director. Together, they co-founded the organization, two weeks after Adrian passed the bar.

When we opened we put a sign in the window, and with just that marketing and almost no other outreach we were overwhelmed with requests for help from people with good cases who had been turned away everywhere else.

Our first year we had revenue of $35,000. We would hand shred documents because a shredder was too expensive. Despite the financial challenges, we were able to work on over 280 cases in everything from housing law to family law to consumer law in the first year alone.

The hours were extreme, the pay was low, and the learning curve was steep. Still, we persisted. We knew that almost everyone we helped was not able to receive services anywhere else. Eventually, we attracted the interest of funders. We tripled our revenue for several years in a row. In 2015, we won the Bay Area Google Impact Challenge, which enabled us to expand even more. In 2019, we secured additional funding from the city that allowed us to open two new centers in the Excelsior and Western Addition.

As of 2020, our staff has grown to 27 full-time employees. We’ve shown that universal access is possible. Now, we plan to scale city-wide, make San Francisco the first city in the country’s history to have universal access to legal help, and become a model for national replication.