The philanthropic arm of the New York State Bar Association is aiming to double its grantmaking over the next three years to meet New Yorkers’ growing legal needs.

Although the New York Bar Foundation has awarded more than $4.5 million since 2008, it recently concluded that more must be done to close the justice gap.

“Programs funded by the Foundation help New Yorkers gain veterans’ benefits, help domestic violence survivors escape a violent and dangerous home and assist communities in recovering from disaster-related losses,” said Cristine Cioffi, president of the foundation. “Our grants change lives, but there is still much work to be done.”

Currently, the foundation is supporting the Bridge the Gap Project at Pace Women’s Justice Center in White Plains, the Elder Shelter Network in Buffalo, the Securing Seamless Education Services Project at the Children’s Law Center of Brooklyn and Veterans Pro Bono Legal Services Program in Rochester.

Cioffi said the foundation will seek more contributions, more major gifts, a dues check-off to donate to the charity and cy pres allocations of remaindered funds in appropriate class action settlements.

“The gifts we receive are directed back into the needs of our communities, enabling attorneys and other donors who care about access to legal services in New York to participate in the long-lasting, profound impact of the Foundation’s grantmaking,” Cioffi said.

For more information about The New York Bar Foundation or to make an online donation, visit www.tnybf.org.