President's Message, Fall 2016

NCBF membership enriches our ability to be great leaders

Being in a leadership role at a foundation is hard work. Being successful at it requires a lot of trial and error. I have been a member and attended the National Conference of Bar Foundations Annual & Mid-year meetings for almost 10 years and have learned some of my best strategies from the high-quality programs and speakers at our meetings. However, the greatest benefit of membership is the ability to connect with those of you who have shared your successful (and sometimes not so successful) strategies.

Bar Foundations in Action

Bar Foundations in Action

September: Springfield Metropolitan Bar Foundation

To celebrate Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary, the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Foundation launched a community-wide Magna Carta Project, partnering with public schools, art museums, libraries, and more, to reach over 4,000 people. From essay contests, to movie screenings, to educational exhibit tours, to art banners, to a 5K, the community was able to truly celebrate the magnitude of the document that stands as a symbol of human rights and freedom.

Contact foundation executive director Crista Hogan or visit The Springfield Metropolitan Bar Foundation’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.

NCBF Sponsors

NCBF thanks its corporate sponsor, LexisNexis for its generous support.

Upcoming Meetings:

Save the Date - February 2-4, 2017

NCBF will be hosting its 2017 Midyear Meeting Conference in Miami, FL, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

Congratulations to the 2016-17 Officers and Board of Trustees members!

Carry on! President Leonard Pataki passes the gavel to incoming President Lorrie Albert at the annual meeting.

At its first board meeting of 2016-17, the Board confirmed the Nominating Committee's slate of officers:

  • Lorrie Albert, President;
  • Leslie Barineau, President-elect;
  • Andrea Stone, Secretary, and
  • Alison Belfrage, Treasurer 

Click here for a complete list of the Board of Trustees.

Military Spouse JD Network Foundation Wins 2016 NCBF/LexisNexis Partnerships for Success Award

President-elect Libby Jamison and President Josie Beets accept their award from NCBF President Leonard Pataki and Nigel Roberts, Senior Director Global Associations for Lexis Nexis.

The Justice for Military Families (JMF) program, an effort of the Military Spouse JD Network Foundation, is the winner of this year's NCBF/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. An underlying goal of this foundation initiative is to establish new partnership opportunities, or leverage existing ones, through the meaningful involvement and support from an affiliated bar association and other allied members of the legal community.

Launched in December of 2013, Justice for Military Families is the first national program that connects military families, regardless of financial need, with opportunities for pro bono legal assistance. JMF works in partnership with the nationally-recognized organization Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), which refers eligible families to JMF.

  • For information about the award as well as previous winning entries, click here