Funding

The National Association for Public Defense (NAPD) is supported almost exclusively by membership dues. Annual membership costs $25 for individuals, and $20 for individuals joining with their entire organization. These dues support two part-time staff members, expenses for printing and postage, limited travel, book-keeping services, and modest technology improvements. NAPD is a virtual organization and spends no funds on office space, utilities, equipment, phone and internet, or other “brick and mortar” expenses.

All substantive work of NAPD – thousands of hours – is undertaken by volunteers, virtually all of whom are public defense providers in justice systems throughout the country.

In August 2014, NAPD received funds from the Open Society Foundation to support scholarships for twenty-two defender leaders to attend the Workload Leadership Institute in Lexington, KY.

Harvard University School of Law's Charles Houston Hamilton Institute for Race and Justice has supported NAPD's MyGideon Library of Defense since NAPD formed in October 2013, and has pledged to continue that support through 2015.

The Sanchez Law Firm (Lake Charles, Louisiana) sponsored the 2014 and 2015 membership dues for the Calcasieu Public Defenders’ Office.

NAPD is a 501(c)6 organization, as approved by the Internal Revenue Service.

NAPD sincerely thanks its financial supporters, members and collaborating partners.

The annual operating budget for NAPD (2014) is approximately $100,000.00.