President's Column, Spring 2016

One thing that has always struck me when I meet fellow lawyers is how many of them have other interests that seem to have nothing to do with the law. And that takes us to the story of how I "met" Bascom Lamar Lunsford, fruit tree salesman, honey-bee raiser, teacher, folklorist, festival promoter, banjo player and lawyer.

Bar Foundations in Action

North Carolina Bar Association Foundation:
(Above): NC LEAP participates in a community event at a Wake County Public Library.
North Carolina Bar Association Foundation’s NCLEAP volunteer attorneys provide legal assistance to start-up businesses. 
Contact NCBA’s Assistant Director of Public Service & Pro Bono Activities, Charlotte Stewart or visit NC Leap’s website for more information about this award-winning program.


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

My bar foundation is considering adding a category to our Fellows Program which would ask Fellows who are paid-up to continue to give on an annual bases to help sustain our grants program. Has anyone added this level or have an annual giving component that is not capped?

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.

Registration for 2016 Annual Meeting in San Francisco is open!

Join us as we continue to offer great programming and opportunities for information-sharing with colleagues from around the country.


Awards Season - Deadline Extended!

We've added another week (and weekend!) to submit your application for the 2016 National Conference of Bar Foundations/LexisNexis Partnerships for Success Award.  This award honors bar foundation initiatives that make a significant impact in their community on issues for which lawyers are uniquely positioned to lead.  Check out previous winners to learn the scope of these efforts.  Share with us examples of your own collaborative programming by completing the application form by  May 2.  The winner receives a $1500 cash grant from LexisNexis and will make a presentation to members at the NCBF annual meeting in San Francisco in August.

  • Applicants for the award must be NCBF members.
  • For more information about criteria for selection, check out the Awards page.


William A. Martin, Recipient of the 2016 NCBF Excellence Award

Congratulations to Bill Martin, NCBF Trustee Emeritus, on his selection for the NCBF Excellence Award!  The award recognizes an outstanding contribution to law-related philanthropy by an individual. 

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