President's Column, Winter 2015

The countdown to Houston is on!

I hope you'll join your NCBF colleagues for the Midyear Meeting.  We have fabulous programs planned that will be great for your bar foundation volunteers and employees alike.  Click here for a program preview.

Bar Foundations in Action

Founded in 2008, the Kentucky Bar Foundation Credit Abuse Resistance Education program (CARE) is a financial literacy program designed to help high school seniors better understand the pitfalls of credit abuse and misuses.  The program is currently being presented by local bar associations in over 60 counties in the state.

The Kentucky program is modeled after a program created by New York Judge John Ninfo II, a retired United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of New York. The success of the Kentucky CARE Program can be attributed to strong partnerships between local bar associations, the Kentucky Bar Foundation, and the various school systems. 

Visit for more information regarding this program, or contact Todd Horstmeyer, Executive Director, Kentucky Bar Foundation, 800-874-6582.

The Complete Guide to Bar Foundations

A free member benefit to all NCBF members, the guide contains sound advice and information along with sample policies that you can adapt to fit your foundation's needs.

Recent Listserve Q&A

Do you have community (non-lawyer) members on your foundation boards?

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  • NCBF's Surveys

    NCBF Members Only resources feature surveys covering a range of topics, ncluding the national impact bar foundation funding has on legal services and the administration of justice, and executive compensation.

    If you are a member, you can access the surveys here with the member password. If you are not a member, learn more here.


    Call for Nominations!

    The National Conference of Bar Foundations (NCBF) is seeking nominees for trustee seats on the NCBF Board of Trustees for FY2015-16.  Terms for new NCBF Trustees are three years, beginning August 1, 2015, at the end of the annual meeting.  Deadline for application is March 16.

    Click here for eligibility and application information.

    Thomas R. Tinder Selected as Recipient of Inaugural NCBF Excellence Award

    Elizabeth Lynch, NCBF President, with Excellence Award recipient, Tom Tinder.

    Thomas R. Tinder, Executive Director of the West Virginia Bar Foundation and a former NCBF president, was presented with the first NCBF Excellence Award at the 2015 midyear meeting in Houston.  The award recognizes an outstanding contribution to law-related philanthropy by an individual. In his acceptance remarks, Mr. Tinder noted that "faith, friends and family are the true essence of life."

    NCBF 2015 Annual Meeting, July 31 - August 1

    Watch for registration information!