President's Message, Winter 2016-17

Our secret recipe for thanking donors...

Now that we are at the end of the year, we can take the time to reflect on all of the generous gifts and support our foundations have received from our members, either through volunteering, providing financial support and/or a combination of both. Attorneys will be the first to tell us that "time is money", as most work on a billable hour or contingent fee basis.

Bar Foundations in Action

Bar Foundations in Action: The Austin Bar Foundation

Since 2003, the Austin Bar Association’s charitable arm has supported legal services, lawyers, and the judiciary, and improved public awareness of the legal system. Besides hosting an annual fundraising gala and maintaining a Fellows program, the Foundation presents grants to between four and six law-related programs per year. Watch the video below to learn more:

Contact Director of Communications Nancy Gray  or visit The Austin Bar Foundation’s website for more information. 

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.

2017 NCBF Excellence Award Presented to Judge Debra Walker

Congratulations to Hon. Debra Walker, the winner of this year's NCBF Excellence Award. The NCBF Excellence award honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to legal philanthropy.

For more information, click here.





Hon. Debra Walker and Illinois State Bar Association President-Elect, Hon. Russell Hartigan, at NCBF Midyear Meeting.


Upcoming Meetings:

2017 NCBF Annual Meeting

Save the Date - August 10-12, 2017

The headquarters hotel for NCBF is the Sheraton New York Times Square.

  • Watch for registration and program information!

Handouts from the 2017 Midyear Meeting are available here.